If you’re coming to dConstruct, make sure to add yourself as “attending” on Lanyrd so you can make use of all the nifty new stalking features they’ll be launching for their mobile app.
Friday, August 31st, 2012
Thursday, August 30th, 2012
Honor compares next week in Brighton to Austin in March.
The cloud is not only a lie, it’s a lie that everyone pretends to understand.
When asked what “the cloud” is, a majority responded it’s either an actual cloud (specifically a “fluffy white thing”), the sky or something related to the weather (29 percent).
Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
Another great in-depth round-up from Brad, this time looking at your options for complex navigation patterns in responsive designs.
Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
Clearleft have been working with Channel 4 News on their new redesign. Here’s Jon Snow explaining responsive design.
Luke’s notes from my talk at An Event Apart in Chicago.
Monday, August 27th, 2012
The Mirror Project is back! The Mirror Project is back!
This warms the cockles of my nostalgic little heart.
Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
The not-so-new-but-hella-fun aesthetic.
A Kickstarter project for space elevator research? Oh, hell yes!
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
A mini conference on gaming taking place in Brighton the day before dConstruct. The events just keep on coming, don’t they?
If you’re coming to Brighton for dConstruct, make a note of these eating places where your attendee badge will get you a discount.
Natalia is as excited as I am about the first week of September in Brighton: Reasons To Be Creative, dConstruct, Improving Reality, BrightonSF, and Maker Faire, now with added speakers.
Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
Josh gives a blow-by-blow account of he created a custom icon font for an upcoming redesign of the Clearleft website: completely scalable and resolution-independent.
I truly believe it won’t be all that long until bitmap image formats will be the exception rather than the rule on the web.
Craig describes the many different ways he’s publishing his book, including putting the whole thing on the web for free:
Why do this? I strongly believe digital books benefit from public endpoints. The current generation of readers (human, not electronic) have formed expectations about sharing text, and if you obstruct their ability to share — to touch — digital text, then your content is as good as non-existent. Or, in the least, it’s less likely to be engaged.
I also believe that we will sell more digital and physical copies of Art Space Tokyo by having all of the content available online.
Bomp. bomp. bomp. Satelloon of love. Bomp. bomp. bomp. Satelloon of love.
Monday, August 20th, 2012
I’m trying to figure out which forthcoming sci-fi work this guerrilla marketing site is promoting—featuring customised shoes from bio-engineered stingray—but I’m not having any luck.
Luke collates some useful mobile browsing statistics once again. Most of it is quite US-centric, but this closing point is a whopper:
36 countries more than doubled their Opera Mini user bases in one year.
Orbiting data centers. Fuck yeah!
Earth can return to what it is good at – green and growing things – while space can be filled with gray and computing things.
Helsinki now has a communal device lab. It looks great!
Sunday, August 19th, 2012
Amen, Scott, A-MEN:
You are not blogging enough. You are pouring your words into increasingly closed and often walled gardens. You are giving control - and sometimes ownership - of your content to social media companies that will SURELY fail.
Saturday, August 18th, 2012
Updates from the walls of Pompeii in 140 characters or fewer:
O walls, you have held up so much tedious graffiti that I am amazed that you have not already collapsed in ruin.
Tom describes his Foursquare ghost.
The Ballardian beauty of a dying Baikonour.
Friday, August 17th, 2012
Perfectly offset with red string.
This post is ten years old, but I think it might still be the best attempt to demarcate a difference between web “sites” and web “apps”: think of them as stories and tools.
It’s also remarkably prescient about the need for an effort exactly like HTML5:
A widely-distributed, standards-compliant, browser and platform-independent library of functions that would perform the basic user interface functions for a web-based tool, relying on the server side only for the logic and data sourcing.
I quite the look of Medium, but Dave Winer absolutely nails it with this feature request:
Let me enter the URL of something I write in my own space, and have it appear here as a first class citizen. Indistinguishable to readers from something written here.
I think it might get a tattoo of this:
There’s art in each individual system, but there’s a much greater art in the union of all the systems we create.
Thursday, August 16th, 2012
Tim shows how to make a scalable three-line navicon in CSS.
A short piece on the experiment that James conducted with Lighthouse in the foyer of the Cleareft office building, trying to show some kind of physical representation of coding.
Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
Dan makes a very good point about Little Printer: it’s not the “printer” part that matters; it’s the “little”.
This is so crazy, it just might work. Matt wants the internet to buy Wardenclyffe and turn it into a Tesla museum.
The next Science Hack Day in San Francisco will be at the start of November. It would undoubtedly be a great event …but it needs sponsorship.
Do you know anyone who could help out?
A nifty service for creating a custom font with just the icons you need.
Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
There’s a communal testing lab just outside London and they’ve got a very nifty set-up for their devices.
A great article by Hannah, focusing on the Long Web—it isn’t about the quantity of data you’re publishing; it’s the quality. This builds nicely on the article I linked to recently about digital scarcity.
Monday, August 13th, 2012
A nice visualisation of Apple’s transition From desktop to mobile over ten years, one Daring Fireball article at a time.
Oh, and happy birthday, Daring Fireball.
This is a great idea: a community of volunteers distilling the Terms of Service agreements from websites into understandable terms.
Sunday, August 12th, 2012
This starts out a bit hand-wavy with analogue nostalgia, but it wraps up with some genuinely good ideas for social software.
Friday, August 10th, 2012
Tantek’s adventure in participatory civic governance.
Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
I’m going to be attending Seb’s CreativeJS and HTML5 course in Brighton on September 13th and 14th …and I strongly suspect that it’s going to be great.
A thoroughly addictive use of the Instagram API (along with Node.js and Socket.io): see a montage of images being taken in a city right now.
Tuesday, August 7th, 2012
Now Amsterdam has a communal device lab.
Sunday, August 5th, 2012
If this Kickstarter project gets launched, it will literally get launched.
Saturday, August 4th, 2012
This cold-war era soviet manual for post-nuclear life is as fascinating as it is horrifying.
Bruce writes about a worrying trend in standards work:
Tossing a specification that you’ve written in-house, in secret and already implemented onto a table at W3C, saying “here, standardise this” as you saunter past isn’t a Get Out of Jail Free card for proprietary misdemeanours. And it isn’t standardisation.
Lance Arthur uses a tweet from Paul Ford as a starting point for a text adventure.
Friday, August 3rd, 2012
Some more thoughts on how our workflow needs to adapt to the current ever-changing device landscape.
3D printing an exoskeleton for a child with arthrogryposis — technology can be so fricking awesome!
Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
Maybe HyperCard is an idea whose time has come. Think about it: the size of mobile screens: perfect for a HyperCard stack.
Those articles about the “Internet of Things” I linked to? Here they are in handy Readlist form.
A little something to whet your appetite for dConstruct: Scott’s superb talk from this year’s Mobilism conference in Amsterdam.
Wednesday, August 1st, 2012
A really fascinating analysis by Jason into the apparent disparity in web browsing between Android and iOS devices: it turns out that the kind of network connection could be a big factor.
Any sufficiently advanced Markov chain is indistinguishable from James Bridle.