This responsive image technique has a lot of moving parts but it seems pretty solid.
Monday, April 30th, 2012
Sunday, April 29th, 2012
There’s two years(!) of doctored headlines here. Yes, it’s puerile but it’s also very funny (to my puerile sensibilities).
Saturday, April 28th, 2012
Dan writes about how data saved his life. That is not an exaggeration.
He describes how, after receiving some very bad news from his doctor, he dived into the whole “quantified self” thing with his health data. Looking back on it, he concludes:
If I were still in the startup game, I have a pretty good idea of which industry I’d want to disrupt.
Friday, April 27th, 2012
Anton is a fantastic artist. Therefore, this graphic novel will be fantastic. Therefore, you should back the hell out of it.
Thursday, April 26th, 2012
An case study that tackles complex navigation in a responsive site.
See now, this is why liquid layouts are the way to go.
Another call for design-based (rather than device-based) breakpoints in responsive sites.
Cataloguing patterns (best practices, really) for privacy-concious site owners.
Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
Oh, this is just wonderful: a camera that outputs a text description instead of an image (complete with instructions on how to build one yourself). I love it!
Wilto gives a thorough explanation of the state of things with responsive images, particularly the work being done at the Responsive Images Community Group at the W3C.
A great step-by-step tutorial from Brad on developing a responsive site with a Content First mindset.
This is my short explanation of Remy’s explanation of a BBC news article which is an explanation of an academic paper about battery performance of mobile devices when accessing websites.
This is a very in-depth look at how to become a power user of the Web Inspector in Webkit browsers. I’m sitting down with a nice cup of tea to go through all of this.
When I linked to the Toast framework the other day, I mentioned that I was intrigued by its use of inline-block for layout. Here’s a more detailed analysis of how display: inline-block works, along with some caveats.
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.
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
Josh and Michelle have been hard at work making this responsive theme for Shopify. It’s quite lovely.
This is interesting, not because it’s yet another grid framework (which I never use anyway) but because of the way it’s doing layout: with border-box and inline-block, rather than floats. If you’re only serving up your layout styles to browsers that support media queries (which would discount older versions of IE anyway), this could make a lot of sense.
Monday, April 23rd, 2012
A fantastic taste of what you can expect in Seb’s Creative Coding workshop.
This really is a ridiculously smart way of keeping third-party videos scalable in responsive layouts. I’ve just implemented it on this year’s dConstruct site.
Saturday, April 21st, 2012
Cute. I gave Dan some advice. He made it look all pretty.
Albert-László Barabási and Robin Dunbar are among the authors of this paper — it’s the scale-free network equivalent of the Avengers.
This is a beautifully heartfelt post from Timoni:
Every day, I feel things because of the internet, and that’s amazing. Humans have been using abstracted communication for thousands of years, but it’s never been so instantaneous, never so capable of bringing folks of completely different backgrounds together in conversation. This is a huge step. Good job us.
The Jig Is Up: Time to Get Past Facebook and Invent a New Future - Alexis Madrigal - Technology - The Atlantic
An excellent longish-zoom article by Alexis Madrigal with an eerily accurate summation of the current state of the web. Although I think that a lack of any fundamentally new paradigms could be seen as a sign of stabilisation as much as stagnation.
Friday, April 20th, 2012
Harry’s 15 minute case-study presentation at UX London was excellent. He says the lesson is that we shouldn’t be afraid to make mistakes, but there’s another lesson here too: testing with users will save your ass.
Monday, April 16th, 2012
This is an excellent idea: get a whole bunch of after-school code clubs going to teach kids how to code in Scratch.
Saturday, April 14th, 2012
A beautiful and disturbing piece of data visualisation. The numbers are quite astonishing.
Thursday, April 12th, 2012
Josh responds to Jakob Nielsen’s audaciously ignorant advice on siloing mobile devices. Josh is right.
Nielsen says his research is based on studies of hundreds of mobile experiences, and I don’t doubt it. But because he’s finding tons of poor mobile websites doesn’t mean we should punt on creating great, full-featured mobile experiences.
James is giving a talk here in Brighton next month. I’ll be there with robot-actuated bells on.
I had a chat with the guys from Pingdom about performance’n’stuff. If I sound incoherent, that’s because this is a direct transcription of a Skype call, where, like, apparently I don’t, y’know, talk in complete sentences and yeah.
Taking apps out of phones and embedding them in the world around us …there’s a lot of crossover with what Scott Jenson has been writing about here. Good stuff.
Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
It’s great to see the Future Friendly call-to-arms being expanded on. Here it’s university sites that are being looked at through a future-friendly lens.
Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
Algorithmically-generated combinations of tweets in iambic pentameter. Some of the results are really quite lovely. I’m imagining a poetry reading of this stuff in a hip café …it would be fun.
Tim has published the results of a whole bunch of testing he did on how different browsers deal with hidden or replaced images.
You can’t have a zeitgeisty internet meme without cats.
There’s a chain of hotels, one of which is in Brighton, called “My Hotel.” I bet they have stories like this one.
No, you’re tearing up watching a video about a boy who built his own arcade out of cardboard. I’ve just got something in my eye.
Monday, April 9th, 2012
Andy points one of the potential pitfalls in linearising your content for small screens.
This post by Jason Fried is three years old but it’s more relevant than ever.
What a loss. Is that the best the next generation can do? Become part of the old generation? How about kicking the shit out of the old guys? What ever happened to that?
Just copy and paste.
Dear soon-to-be-former user…
Sunday, April 8th, 2012
In which twelve drawings of historical drawing machines are drawn by a computer numerical controlled machine.
Sneaking in to climb the Shard at night.
Friday, April 6th, 2012
This is a terrific piece of writing from Robin Sloan, entertaining and cheeky. Plug in headphones, and start reading and scrolling.
The East Wind was about to get a call from an angry star.
Thursday, April 5th, 2012
A blow-by-blow account of last weekend’s MolyJam in Brighton.
Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
An oldie but a goodie: this Bagcheck blog post contains a whole bunch of useful links to lists of mobile device testing suites.
Mark has put together this rather excellent prototyping tool. It’s basically the V from an MVC system. You can easily move stuff around, change data …all the good stuff you want to do quickly and easily when you’re prototyping in the browser.
Yeah, it’s an easy target …but the cumulative effect is very funny.
Holy sh!t. Did you see that interstitial? That was dope. Refresh, refresh!!
I don’t understand the maths, but the logic is fascinating.
Glenn gives a rational thoughtful explanation of why he’s as pissed off as I am about Google’s destruction of the Social Graph API.
A day devoted to exploring unusual places all over the world. I couldn’t find anything for Brighton but it looks like there will be some stuff happening in London.
This is such a brilliant and empowering idea: an open-source object-oriented to electronics, like LEGO bricks for circuit-building.
The premise of the next game from the creator of Minecraft sounds insane and great: a far-future Elite where everything you do is powered by a 16-bit computer.
The computer in the game is a fully functioning emulated 16 bit CPU that can be used to control your entire ship, or just to play games on while waiting for a large mining operation to finish.
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
Maybe it’s because I’m a bit of a control freak, but I can really empathise with what Lea is saying here: sometimes the developer convenience you get from using someone else’s code can result in quite a bit of redundant code. I feel that this is particularly a problem on the front end.
Monday, April 2nd, 2012
A love letter to the Internet Archive.
Yes! Charles Stross speaks the unspeakable: that advertising is fundamentally “wrong”.
He’s right, y’know.
Bruce Sterling writes about the New Aesthetic in an article that’s half manifesto and half critique.
Grab a cup of tea or hit your “read it later” bookmarklet of choice for this one—it’s a lengthy but worthwhile read.
Sunday, April 1st, 2012
A genuinely useful service for people in different parts of London who want to meet up for a pint.
In amongst all the shiny demos on this site, this one could actually be useful.
Beautiful, funny, and disturbing Gilliamesque animated .gifs.