An important clarification from Stephen:
You don’t actually design in the browser
When I speak of designing in the browser, I mean creating browser-based design mockups/comps (I use the terms interchangeably), as opposed to static comps (like the PSDs we’re all used to). So it’s not the design. It’s the visualization of the design—the one you present to stakeholders.
Personally, I think it’s as crazy to start in the browser as it is to start with Photoshop—both have worldviews and constraints that will affect your thinking. Start with paper.
A history lesson and a love letter to the early web, taking in HTML, Photoshop, and the web standards movement.
Those were long years, the years of drop-shadows. Everything was jumping just slightly off the screen. For a stretch it seemed that drop-shadows and thin vertical columns of text would define the web. That was before we learned that the web is really a medium to display slideshows, as many slideshows as possible, with banner ads.
We can expect even more stunning images like these from Rosetta soon.
Rhea and Titan, as seen by Cassini.
A fascinating tale of mistaken identity with one of Lyza’s photos.
What a fantastic collection of creators!
A really handy bit of code from Aaron for building a robust file uploader. A way to make your web-based photo sharing more Instagrammy-clever.
Tom’s photos from dConstruct.
Over 700 screenshots of ZX Spectrum games, captured by Jason Scott. Some of these bring back memories.
The image-stitching algorithm is trying its best.
Kubrickian pictures taken by the Google robot wherein it captures its own reflection.
Photos from the first Science Hack Day in China which just wrapped up.
Photos from the rather wonderful second edition of the Responsive Day Out in Brighton.
Design fiction from a NASA scientist.
A nice summation by Dan of when it makes sense to use a graphic design tool like Photoshop and when it makes sense to use a web browser.
I like the way Aaron thinks. I also like the way he makes.
Craig recently had a piece published in the New Yorker called Goodbye, Cameras. It’s good …but this follow-on piece on his own site is truly wonderful.
Read. Absorb. Ponder.
Being close to the network does not mean being on Facebook, thought it can mean that, too. It does not mean pushing low-res images to Instagram, although there’s nothing wrong with that. What the network represents, in my mind, is a sort of ledger of humanity. The great shared mind. An image’s distance to it is the difference between contributing or not contributing to that shared ledger.
This is a wonderful addition to the already-wonderful Flickr Commons: over one million pictures from the British Library, available with liberal licensing.
Y’know, I’m worried about what will happen to my own photos when Flickr inevitably goes down the tubes (there are still some good people there fighting the good fight, but they’re in the minority and they’re battling against the douchiest of Silicon Valley managerial types who have been brought in to increase “engagement” by stripping away everything that makes Flickr special) …but what really worries me is what’s going to happen to Flickr Commons. It’s an unbelievably important and valuable resource.
Wonderful photos from Science Hack Day San Francisco, courtesy of Matt B.
Some lovely pictures from the Clearleft office-warming party last weekend.
This is a really nice and simple idea: view photos from a specific place taken at a specific time. Voyeuristic fun.
Colossus …in Lego.
Armchair travelling to Ballardian locations.
Documenting history through photography.
Celebrating 125 years of National Geographic, this Tumblr blog is a curated collection of photography from the archives. Many of the pictures are being published for the first time.
Another nice set of photos from the Responsive Day Out.
Marc’s pictures from the Responsive Day Out.
Funny and painful in equal measure.
Local music shop Resident Records ran a competition to win 20 pairs of tickets to an exclusive warm-up gig by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. To be in with a chance, you had to recreate an album cover. These are the winning entries.
You’ll spot Jessica’s creation in amongst them. We’re off to see Nick Cave tonight!
I really like Dan’s take on using Photoshop (or Fireworks) as part of today’s web design process. The problem is not with the tool; the problem is with the expectations set by showing comps to clients.
By default, presenting a full comp says to your client, “This is how everyone will see your site.” In our multi-device world, we’re quickly moving towards, “This is how some people will see your site,” but we’re not doing a great job of communicating that.
Gorgeous colour-processed images from NASA probes. I could stare at the fountains of Enceladus all day.
I’ve been thinking about getting a birdhouse.
A cute little service for mocking up pictures of your site being used on different devices. Just drag and drop a screenshot on to an image.
Gorgeous pictures from the Suomi satellite, just released by NASA
Oh My Science! It looks like the most recent Science Hack Day in San Francisco was great.
At least one of these will probably drive you crazy.
A nice little profile of local Brighton photographer extraordinaire, Lomokev.
A really great set of photos from this year’s dConstruct by Geri. Just look at the smile on my face!
Eva-Lotta’s sketchnotes from this year’s dConstruct.
A nice set of photos from this year’s dConstruct.
The Mirror Project is back! The Mirror Project is back!
This warms the cockles of my nostalgic little heart.
Beautiful time-lapse photography from Don “we’ve got a Dragon by the tail” Pettit, taken from the International Space Station.
History with a sprinkling of Photoshopped fiction.
I’m sure there’s a theme connecting all of these pictures. I just haven’t figured out what it is yet.
Robin Sloan compares Facebook and Google in an interesting way:
Really, Facebook is the world’s largest photo sharing site—that also happens to be a social network and a login system.
Google is getting good, really good, at building things that see the world around them and actually understand what they’re seeing.
I’m in St. John’s right now. Once you start perusing this excellent photoblog, you’re going to feel like you’re there too.
A heartbreaking article about just how badly Yahoo fucked up with Flickr. It’s particularly sad coming out right as the Flickr devs roll out an improved uploader and a more liquid photo page …but it seems like band-aid development at this point.
The Old Aesthetic.
This seems like an eminently sensible thing to do when building responsive sites: ditch mock-ups entirely. The reasons and the workflow outlined here make a lot of sense.
I like this simple idea, nicely executed: see Instagram photos taken near you.
I want to go to there!
This is what Photoshop is for. Be sure to watch the slideshow.
Pictures from the photo booth at Jeffrey’s Hall of Fame celebration party on the last night of South by Southwest.
Photographs from the archive of the New York Times.
Mark talks about the tools web designers use and the tools web designers want. The upshot: use whatever you’re most comfortable with.
I love these sketchnotes from my presentation at Webstock.
I can’t fave this picture enough. One moment of Webstock captured by Michael B. Johnson.
The Kiwi Foo Space Program (a weather balloon with an Android device attached) captured some beautiful images.
An incredibly realistic Photoshop simulator built in the browser—it feels exactly like using the desktop version.
Funny but creepy. Freepy.
Where men meets moustaches meets hair meets moustaches meets hair meets MOUSTAIR.
Photographs showing the “before” and “after” of São Paulo’s astonishing Clean City act banning all outdoor advertising.
James Bridle in untrue art exposé: read all about it!
The comments are simply epic.
The Flickr stream for this Niagara Falls haunted house attraction is like some kind of user-generated art piece on the universality of human nature. It’s also very funny in its aggregate view.
We are preparing to launch.
The story behind one of the winning photographs at this year’s Astronomy Photographer Of The Year that I was lucky enough to attend. This is beautiful.
Amber documents her attempt to turn physical objects imbued with meaning into digital artefacts.
If you’re going to have a photo-shoot for your engagement, this is the way to do it.
I know this is probably inappropriate (comedy is tragedy plus time) but I am getting quiet a giggle out of this. I know, I know: too soon.
Portraits of people that tweet, what they tweet, where they tweet.
The world’s first mobile photography conference will take place in San Francisco on September 24th this year, featuring Dan Rubin, Jessica Zollman and more.
Atemporality can be very moving.
A voyeuristically fascinating photoset that puts faces to the “here’s whats in my bag” meme.
Brendan’s latest product looks like it’ll be a thing of beauty. But he needs help getting it funded on Kickstarter. If you like taking pictures with your iPhone, I suggest you back this project.
A peek behind the scenes of the printing of the Korean version of HTML5 For Web Designers.
Homunculi in a landscape of food.
Jessica is gathering all her Instagram photos into one blog. She really has quite an incredible eye.
The humble animated .gif is turning into an art form.
There appears to be an endless supply of subject matter for this.
The premise of this work is simple: I meet two or more people on the street who are strangers to each other, and to me. I ask them if they will pose for a photograph together with the stipulation that they must touch each other in some manner. Frequently, I instruct or coach the subjects how to touch. Just as often, I let their tentative physical exploration play out before my camera with no interference.
I really like this idea: one street in Brighton is openly displaying its electricity usage over time.
Cruel in a subtle sort of way: re-posting slightly tweaked Facebook photos of one poor guy.
There’s a Kubrickian quality to this picture Tantek snapped of me asking a question during his microformats panel.
Some of the more unusual moments in time that have been captured by Google Street View. There’s something very Gibsonian about this.
Revisiting and recreating old family photos.
This URL displays a picture of a sunset (from Flickr) taken wherever the sun is setting right now.
My last 2,000 pictures on Flickr, assembled courtesy of pummelvision.com
A photograph so beautiful, it doesn’t look real.
Matt Webb on photography.
You don’t see comments on like this on Facebook.
Publishing photos from lost cameras.
Monstrously beautiful images, accompanied by an eye-witness audio account.
I was invited along to the 2010 Astronomy Photographer of the Year awards ceremony in Greenwich but alas, I wasn't able to make it. Looks like it was fantastic.
NASA is now part of Flickr Commons: loads of wonderful science-related pictures with no known copyright restrictions.
Yes, yes, yes: "A PSD is a painting of a website.” We don’t spend weeks or months understanding a client’s complex needs and issues to make them paintings.
It's a small world after all.
Old photos placed on a map. Quite engrossing.
A lovely bit of unboxing porn.
Great stories of the Flickr Commons as people identify their relatives in photographs.
Beautiful writing on headstones.