This looks handy: a video-sharing service designed specifically to work with Silverback
Saturday, September 29th, 2012
Friday, September 28th, 2012
At least one of these will probably drive you crazy.
Andy’s talk from the Smashing Conference in Freiburg.
The Boston Globe’s got nothing on this!
Thursday, September 27th, 2012
I like this skewering of the cult of so-called-neuroscience; the self-help book equivalent of eye-tracking.
This (free!) PDF looks like it could be a nice companion piece to Chris and Nathan’s recent book:
Human-computer interaction in science-fiction movies and television.
It’s a work in progress. You’ll notice a lot of placeholders where the images should be. That’s because the studios are demanding extortionate rates for screenshots.
Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
A fascinating look at what happens when you mash up beauty and ugliness in one typeface.
It’s a long one, and it’s kind of meta, but if you have any interest in the idea of programming, this in-depth knowledge bomb from Bret Victor is well worth your time.
I like this passwordless log in pattern but only for specific use cases: when you know that the user has access to email, and when you don’t expect repeat “snacking” visits throughout the day.
This wouldn’t be appropriate for every site but I still think it could be a damned fine use of otherwise-neglected 404 pages: including information about missing children.
Well, this is quite something. Matt will be interviewing the creators of Bloom in London this Friday. You might have heard of that Eno chap.
Pointing out a growing movement away from three-dimensionality towards a flatter aesthetic.
I’m really enjoying these thoughts prompted by Paul’s article in A List Apart. I particularly the idea of taking a long-zoom approach to progressive enhancement: evolving the aesthetic of web design over time.
Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
These short pocketbooks from Five Simple Steps look like they’ll be very handy indeed. Shame they won’t be available in dead-tree format: I bet they’d be really cute.
Wow. This might be the stupidest behaviour from a browser that I’ve ever come across: mobile Safari behaves differently depending on the top level domain of the site! Madness!
Mind you… it’s kind of poetic justice for having a ridonkulous .mobi domain in the first place.
The kickass articles just keep on comin’. This one from Dave is a great overview of options for dealing with images in responsive designs.
A really great article from Paul that simultaneously takes a high-level view of the web while also focusing on the details. A lot of work went into this.
Monday, September 24th, 2012
Nice! A feature on Ariel and her spacehacking ways.
Do you live in Charlotte, North Carolina? If so, you might be interested in this event that I’ll be Skyping into.
Oh, dear. Adobe Shadow gets a new name and a hefty price tag. Yesterday it was free. Today it is $119.88 per year. It’s useful but it’s not that useful.
So, lazy web, who’s working on an open-source alternative?
Andy makes a good point here, point out the difference between device testing and design testing:
When I’m designing, it’s incredibly important for me to quickly gain an affinity with how my design feels when I hold it in my hands.
Funny because it’s true.
A great article that looks at everything you need to know to set up a communal device lab in your town.
A nice little profile of local Brighton photographer extraordinaire, Lomokev.
Sunday, September 23rd, 2012
In the hippest areas for Street Art, life-sized pictures of people found on Google’s Street View are printed and posted without authorization at the same spot where they were taken.
Saturday, September 22nd, 2012
Aw, this is so nice!
There’s an open device lab starting up in Washington DC. If you’re in the area, get in touch and share your devices.
Friday, September 21st, 2012
Excellent! Scott has his own URL now. If you haven’t read everything he has written so far, start from the start and read every single post.
Chris and Nathan’s book is finally out. I’m going to enjoy reading through this.
A nice round-up of some of the themes that emerged at Smashing Conference. As with An Event Apart, there was a definite focus on process.
This looks like a great idea: a centralised place for listing open device labs (and hopefully getting some sponsorship from device manufacturers).
This is right up my alley: a timeline of the history of hypertext, starting with Borges.
Thursday, September 20th, 2012
I like this suggestion. If you’re using minified CSS in production, it would be a nice gesture to have an easily-discoverable unminified version for people to view source on.
Quite a story.
Hey look; Anna’s in a CSSquirrel comic! And for good reason: Kyle is as impressed as I am with Anna’s research into browsers on gaming devices.
There’s also a call for more community device labs. I approve.
This looks great! It’s a CC-licensed book by Cody Lindley (whose work I’ve admired for many years) aimed at teaching DOM Scripting for modern browsers. You can read the whole thing online or wait for the paper version from O’Reilly.
Here’s something that Josh debuted at Smashing Conference: a script for responsive designs to adjust font-sizes based on a desired line-length.
Inevitably, it’s a jQuery plugin but I’m sure somebody could fork it to create a standalone version (hint, hint).
A really enjoyable interview with Neal Stephenson.
Yet another write-up of this year’s dConstruct.
A really great set of photos from this year’s dConstruct by Geri. Just look at the smile on my face!
A nice write-up of dConstruct that focuses on three ideas that were threaded throughout the day:
- Digital is about beauty and about layers,
- The power of play, and
- The interconnectedness of things through chance.
Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
Jason has set up a mailing list for open device labs. If you are running one, or thinking of setting one up, you should sign up to share ideas and knowledge.
I had a lot of fun chatting with Chris and Dave on the Shop Talk Show. It is now available for your listening and huffduffing pleasure.
Monday, September 17th, 2012
There’s an open device lab in Cape Town now. Excellent!
Brad’s notes from my opening talk at the Smashing Conference in Freiburg.
Saturday, September 15th, 2012
My case for the obsoletion of longdesc (Was: 48-Hour Consensus Call: InstateLongdesc CP Update) from James Craig on 2012-09-15 (firstname.lastname@example.org from September 2012)
James Craig is a mensch. This is how you give feedback to a working group.
Friday, September 14th, 2012
Another thoughtful write-up of this year’s dConstruct, weaving a thread between the talks from Jason Scott, James Burke, and Tom Armitage with a detour via Italo Calvino.
A list of open device labs around the world (mostly Europe).
Thursday, September 13th, 2012
Why mobile Web accessibility matters - best practices to make your mobile site accessible | mobiForge
There’s some great practical advice for building accessible mobile web apps here.
Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
This ticks all my boxes: a podcast by Eric and Jen about the history of the web. I can’t wait for this to start!
This is my favourite write-up of dConstruct so far. I love that way that, rather than simply giving a linear description, Laura weaves together the implicit strands that were running throughout the day — a very thoughtful, considered approach.
And how about this for an opening line:
After a weekend of reflection, I’ve decided that dConstruct 2012 had the best talks of any conference I’ve ever attended.
A great collection of layout, navigation, and interaction patterns for responsive sites, delivered by Brad.
Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
I like this! Andrew Johns found a thread in this year’s dConstruct that ran parallel to its official tagline of “Playing With The Future”: Education.
Another really good description of this year’s dConstruct that describes each talk.
A lovely write-up of this year’s dConstruct:
Curated well by the Clearleft team, its speakers are always intelligent, insightful, and on the whole, world-class. Pouring out insights through divergent thought, challenging norms and touting innovation.
An excellent in-depth article from Anna on the many gaming devices out there that have both an internet connection and a web browser.
Note’s from Joanne’s presentation at Improving Reality.
Eva-Lotta’s sketchnotes from this year’s dConstruct.
A nice set of photos from this year’s dConstruct.
Bruce’s thoughts on the proposed inclusion of a “content” or “maincontent” element in HTML5.
Personally, I don’t think there’s much point in adding a new element when there’s an existing attribute (role=”main”) that does exactly the same thing.
Also, I don’t see much point in adding an element that can only be used once and only once in a document. However, if a “content” or “maincontent” element could be used inside any sectioning content (section, article, nav, aside), then I could see it being far more useful.
Monday, September 10th, 2012
If you liked the music that was playing in the breaks during dConstruct, here’s the playlist of CC-Attribution tracks as chosen by Tantek.
The opening keynote from Warren Ellis for this year’s Improving Reality. I’d like to walk into space with this man.
Unsung Heroes of Web and Interaction Design: Derek Powazek – Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report
Jeffrey quite rightly singles out Derek Powazek for praise.
It was his site Fray that made me realise I wanted to build things on the web.
A beautiful sight: the digital and the physical interacting through glowsticks.
A classic piece of design fiction written by Mark Weiser 21 years ago.
The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it.
James muses on the physicality of ebooks in this week’s Observer.
Sunday, September 9th, 2012
A great write-up of this year’s magnificent dConstruct and its theme of playing with the future.
Monday, September 3rd, 2012
This is a rather lovely history of the first two years of Lanyrd, starting with that honeymoon-turned-startup.
I really like the way that Lanyrd’s communications reflect the personalities of Simon and Nat: utterly brilliant, but also a little bonkers, with far more animals than would be reasonably expected.
Y’know, I’m on board with pretty much every item in this manifesto.
Saturday, September 1st, 2012
Watch the video to see Jonty’s rather good tour of EMF.