Archive: May 29th, 2018
It’s really nice when people post their illustration process to Instagram, showing the “before” and “after” of sketching and inking.
Or, as Instagram prefers, the “after” and “before”.
CSS Grid — Responsive layouts and components – Deemaze Writing Wall – Medium
Rafaela Ferro has written a good case study on Ev’s blog of using CSS grid to build some practical image-based responsive components.
We are all trapped in the “Feed” – Om on Tech
No matter where I go on the Internet, I feel like I am trapped in the “feed,” held down by algorithms that are like axes trying to make bespoke shirts out of silk. And no one illustrates it better than Facebook and Twitter, two more services that should know better, but they don’t. Fake news, unintelligent information and radically dumb statements are getting more attention than what matters. The likes, retweets, re-posts are nothing more than steroids for noise. Even when you are sarcastic in your retweets or re-shares, the system has the understanding of a one-year-old monkey baby: it is a vote on popularity.
Scripting News: The Internet is going the wrong way
The Internet is a place for the people, like parks, libraries, museums, historic places. It’s okay if corporations want to exploit the net, like DisneyLand or cruise lines, but not at the expense of the natural features of the net.
The Amish understand a life-changing truth about technology the rest of us don’t — Quartz
The headline is terrible but this interview is an insightful look at evaluating technology.
I remember Kevin Kelly referring to the Amish as “slow geeks”, and remarking that we could all become a little more amish-ish.
It’s not that the Amish view technology as inherently evil. No rules prohibit them from using new inventions. But they carefully consider how each one will change their culture before embracing it. And the best clue as to what will happen comes from watching their neighbors.
Getting Started With CSS Layout — Smashing Magazine
Rachel gives a terrific explanation of CSS layout from first principles, starting with the default normal flow within writing systems, moving on to floats, then positioning—relative, absolute, fixed, and sticky—then flexbox, and finally grid (with a coda on alignment). This is a great primer to keep bookmarked; I think I’ll find myself returning to this more than once.
Web Push Notifications Demo | Microsoft Edge Demos
Push notifications explained using astrology. But don’t worry, there’s also some code, just in case you prefer your explanations to also include models that actually work.
Superfan! — Sacha Judd
The transcript of a talk that is fantastic in every sense.
Fans are organised, motivated, creative, technical, and frankly flat-out awe-inspiring.
Consently - Privacy-friendly and GDPR compliant tracking
This looks very useful: a script that will allow visitors to tailor which tracking scripts they want to allow. Seems like a win-win to me: useful for developers, and useful for end users. A safe and sensible approach to GDPR.
Dark theme in a day – Marcin Wichary – Medium
On Ev’s blog, Marcin goes into great detail on theming an interface using CSS custom properties, SVG, HSL, and a smattering of CSS filters.
I was kind of amazed that all of this could happen via CSS and CSS alone: the colours, the transitions, the vectors, and even the images.