This blog by the visual effects supervisor on Moon is packed full of wonderfully geeky sci-fi movie stories.
Wednesday, September 28th, 2011
This isn’t recommended as a robust means of delivering responsive images, but it’s still quite clever: using media queries to pass information to the server about the viewport size.
Jason takes a high-level look at tackling mobile-first responsive images (his next post will dig into the details). This is a really good summation of current thinking. Be sure to read the comments too: Andy chimes in with his experiences.
Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
Paul paints a grim picture of our future support nightmares with multiple Internet Explorers, each one with multiple buggy “compatibility” modes.
Monday, September 26th, 2011
This is quite beautiful. An interactive piece that allows you to dig through the ruins of Geocities like an archeologist.
Such wanton destruction! I’ll never forgive those twunts at Yahoo.
This is such a great idea: magnetic HTML elements. And now Cameron is sharing the source files so that we can all print our own.
I never expected to see a cross between responsive design and AR, but here ya go:
A silly mashup of HTML5 technologies: We use the canvas to capture the contents of a video element. The canvas then identifies the blue markers and overlays an iframe on top of it. The iframe contains our website (upperdog.se) which has a responsive design.
A real-world anecdote from Jonathan illustrates some of the misconceptions around using HTML instead of going native. A lot of people don’t realise that web apps can store data offline.
I like this ad-hoc approach to staging one-night-only internet art shows:
Hit an Internet-cafe, rent all computers they have and run a show on them for one night.
Jonathan has encapsulated his CSS methodology into a short online book. He isn’t presenting this as the “right” way to do things: he’s simply documenting what he does in the hope that it will help others.
Bruce nails his colours to the mast of future-friendliness (and nicely summarises recent heated debates between John Allsopp, Alex Russell and Joe Hewitt).
This is may just be the best thing on the internet about data visualisation and statistics. And sex.
Take all the fonts on your operating system, superimpose them, and whaddya get? This.
Sunday, September 25th, 2011
An excellent article that examines the supposed benefits of publishing through someone else’s app store instead of the web.
Performance matters. Here, the Washington Post compares its own weak performance (hampered by ads and tracking shite) to the optimised experience of porn sites.
A truly excellent article outlining the difference between share-cropping and self-hosting. It may seem that the convenience of using a third-party service outweighs the hassle of owning your own URLs but this puts everything into perspective.
Asking what the difference is between science fiction and design fiction. The answer may be …usefulness.
Good writing advice from Cennydd.
What if Mario had a portal gun?
A great piece by James on the architecture, aesthetics and perception of datacenters.
Saturday, September 24th, 2011
Scott writes up some of the things he talked about at the Breaking Development conference: the just-in-time interactions that are inevitable in a heavily-instrumented world.
Friday, September 23rd, 2011
Linguistics and programming collide in this paper from the 18th Workshop of the Psychology of Programming Interest Group, University of Sussex, September 2006: Lakoffian analysis of the mental models of Java programmers.
A jQuery plugin for embedding videos in responsive layouts. Very nice …but… does it really need to require jQuery? Would somebody like to fork this and create a non-jQuery version? Thanks.
Thursday, September 22nd, 2011
Dana has put together an excellent grab-bag of data on people’s password habits.
A set of default styles to get started on a mobile-first responsive design.
John pushes back against the idea that browser innovation is moving too slow.
This handy matrix shows the effect of different -webkit-font-smoothing setting on various text combinations (serif/san-serif light/dark, etc.).
Brad documents his time at Mobilewood and cast his gaze to a future-friendly horizon.
Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
Josh sums up the Mobilewood experience wonderfully. He also makes it clear that futurefriend.ly is just the beginning:
This stuff is hard, and we need to do it together. This is a time to be generous, and it’s a time for conversation. Let’s get after it.
Luke beautifully encapsulates the forces that drove the creation of the futurefriend.ly site. I feel like I should be standing on my chair, declaring “Oh captain, my captain!”
I was all set to bristle against an attack on the W3C from Alex …but when I actually read the post, I found it hard to disagree with. If anything, this shows just how much Alex cares about the W3C (probably more than most people).
The conversation in the comments is worth reading too.
A lovely interview site that has been beautifully and responsively designed.
In today’s incredibly exciting yet overwhelming world of connected digital devices, these are the truths we hold to be self-evident…
Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
Kars has written up his (excellent) dConstruct talk. Set aside some time and read through this. It’s worth it.
A nice project from BERG that aligns numbers from your own world (like the number of people you follow on Twitter) to numbers in the larger world.
A cute glanceable interface onto Foursquare that turns it into your own private railway station.
Monday, September 19th, 2011
Luke’s excellent detailed notes from Scott’s talk at Breaking Development about building the Boston Globe site.
Sunday, September 18th, 2011
A gallery of all your standard space stations: the Stanford Torus, the Bernal Sphere and the O’Neill Cylinder.
Saturday, September 17th, 2011
IM conversations between a cat and its so-called owner.
Friday, September 16th, 2011
We are preparing to launch.
Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
I’m sitting here in Nashville with Scott, who has been answering questions from Read Write Web about the Boston Globe launch. Here’s the resulting article.
Laura’s account of dConstruct is wonderfully written. Instead of giving a linear run-down of each talk, she has spent time looking at the overlapping themes and patterns that emerged. The result is a really great read.
An architectural overview of the Star Wars universe. Design fiction.
An overview of the strategy behind the fantastic Boston Globe website.
This is an excellent use of the Kindle as an undemanding screen. Really lovely!
Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
A slick little video that goes behind the scenes of the Boston Globe site.
A lovely responsive portfolio showcasing a lovely responsive site. Responsinception!
This is worth reading just for Andy Budd’s answer alone. Priceless.
I think I’m having a flashback and am in need of a bit of a lie down. Wake me up when 1998 is over. I didn’t like it much the first time around, so I’m pretty sure it’s going to suck now.
It’s Opera …but it’s folk.
A handy set of guidelines from Brad Frost. It’s still a work in progress but it’s got some good tips for mobile design and development.
Luke’s notes from my talk at the Breaking Development conference in Nashville summarise my points nicely.
Ethan chronicles the story of the Boston Globe site and his part in it.
This photograph made my day: the brand new Boston Globe site running on a Newton.
Progressive enhancement. It works.
Monday, September 12th, 2011
Mobile HTML5 - compatibility tables for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, iPad and other mobile devices
This just launched at the Breaking Development conference: another site that uses the term HTML5 to include CSS and Ajax. Still, despite its inaccurate nomenclature, it’s a useful compatibility table of device support in mobile browsers.
I’ve just seen this incredible presentation from Stephanie Rieger at the Breaking Development conference in Nashville. It’s absolutely packed full of fantastically useful ideas. You really should’ve been there, but these slides can give you a taste of the presentation.
Unfortunately this article from PPK is flawed from the start: his first point (upon which all the subsequent points are based) is fundamentally flawed:
Right now responsive design is graceful degradation: design something for desktop and tablet, and remove stuff for mobile.
That’s not the way I’m doing responsive design. Responsible responsive design marries it with a mobile first approach (or more accurately, content first).
I’m loving Amber’s detailed write-up of the Update conference, especially her description of the panel discussion as me versus everyone else.
Luke proposes a development approach that marries the best of responsive design with content negotiation. It makes a lot of sense. I like it.
It’s here. A large-scale commercial site with a gorgeous responsive design. Try it on any device.
This is the first of many.
Sunday, September 11th, 2011
An eye-opening insight into web usage on mobile devices in Asia from Paul Rouget.
In this interview Mark discusses the “content out” rather than “canvas in” thinking that informs his new canon.
Luke enumerates the reasons why Bag Check has a separate desktop website rather than one responsive URL for desktop and mobile. They’re good reasons but I think they could all be addressed with some clever conditional loading, especially seeing as the site was, of course, built mobile first.
James attempts to tackle the thorny question of what makes something a web “app” (rather than a web “site”). It reminds of the infamous definition of obscenity:
I know it when I see it.
In short, the answer to the question “what is a web app?” is “fuck knows.”
Friday, September 9th, 2011
Here’s an interesting perspective on dConstruct from someone for whom it was their first ever conference.
A great speech by Ben Hammersley that ties together multiple strands of life in the 21st century.
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.
Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
A look under the hood of the dConstruct website (including some nth-child selectors I threw in there).
I had a lovely conversation at the Update after-party with Georgie about the infographic dress she was wearing. It’s quite lovely.
Craig has written down his dConstruct talk, the one that completely polarised opinion. Personally, I loved it.
Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
I’m going to try to make it along to this event in London next month.
A worrying report on the state of digital preservation and the web, specifically in the UK. Welcome to the memory hole.
Some interesting questions (and one or two answers) about how responsive design affects publishing on the web.
Valuable advice from Slowtron on cooking perfect longpork.
A great opinion piece from Addy Osmani prompted by the panel discussion I took part in at the Update conference.
Having just seen Anna Debenham’s superb but scary presentation at Update about the shocking state of UK schools, this is a timely piece of journalism.
Nicole provides a step-by-step explanation of why it will probably benefit you to add classes to your headings to ensure consistent styling without writing overly-verbose CSS.
Saturday, September 3rd, 2011
Naz shares his advice for up-and-coming designers …and the institutions that educate them.