A terrific article from Wilto detailing the thinking that went into the Boston Globe’s responsive image techniques and how browser pre-caching is now throwing a spanner in the works.
Archive: January, 2012
A five year old provides a few remarks on some popular logos. Cute!
A great behind-the-scenes look at the process behind the responsive Boston Globe site, with a particular emphasis on the visual and interactive design challenges.
A hackweek project from Twitter employees to create the best/worst recruitment video of all time.
Describing itself as a radio magazine, this site gathers together audio from multiple sources. Oddly though, there’s no podcast feed and they make it hard to get at the source mp3s.
A lovely sound blog from Steve Bowbrick (one of the curators of the sadly decommissioned Speechification). Here, he gathers found sounds of all kinds together: great audio grist for the huffduffing mill.
They did it. Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad fulfilled that age-old dream: to put a Lego man into space. They have done Canada—and the world—proud.
A bookmarklet version of that handy multiple-iframe page I linked to the other day. Even more useful for testing responsive designs!
Nik demos the neat interactions in Realmac’s latest piece of iOS software in this cute little video.
Harry interviews Glenn about web intents (web actions). Glenn gives a good clear explanation of what they are.
As if you needed another reason why QR codes are shit ..are you certain you’ve proofed it?
A cute little internet-enabled sweet dispenser, powered by your retweets.
I loved this talk from Travis at New Adventures in Web Design, especially when he talked of the importance of Geocities and MySpace in democratising creative expression on the web.
We may have later bonded over that Ze Frank quote while in the toilet at the after-party …there may have even been hugs.
A handy little document to load pages into differently-sized iframes—useful for testing responsive designs.
DirectGov is switching from a WURFL-driven separate mobile site to a responsive solution. Good move.
A trifecta of nice things:
- LCD Soundsystem.
Thanks to the fact that 10% of Silverback’s profits go to the Dian Fossey Foundation, Rifa got to meet Sigourney Weaver. Nice!
The video of my presentation on digital preservation at last year’s Build conference.
Our communication methods have improved over time, from stone tablets, papyrus, and vellum through to the printing press and the World Wide Web. But while the web has democratised publishing, allowing anyone to share ideas with a global audience, it doesn’t appear to be the best medium for preserving our cultural resources: websites and documents disappear down the digital memory hole every day. This presentation will look at the scale of the problem and propose methods for tackling our collective data loss.
A very useful site for checking browser support for CSS features. The test cases are really handy and the site gets extra bonus points for not calling itself “HTML5” anything.
Chloe built a gorgeous responsive site …and it’s all about LEGO!
Kyle’s paper skills are truly impressive.
A genuinely amusing alternative history of programming languages.
Thanks to Jason Scott, every episode of The Sound Of Young America ever recorded is now stored on the Internet Archive. Get huffduffing!
Cute CSS animations illustrating the incredible rate of uploads to YouTube.
A nice succinct description of Huffduffer. Lovely.
The final amalgam of Star Wars Uncut is an absolute joy to behold. I enjoyed every single moment of this.
Some valuable musings from Ben on how browsers could be better — and I don’t mean the usual moaning about performance or device APIs.
In an interesting new twist, Pictos now allows you to put together a custom subset of their icons as a font that can be served from their server just like any other webfont service.
This cracked me up. There are two possibilities: either this is really is very funny or I am very nerdy.
I love this little story of small pieces of the internet loosely joining together: NPR, Twitter, Downcast and Huffduffer.
Some of these pay-what-you-want fonts are actually rather nice.
2951 images at 12 frames per second. Each image is the “related image” of the image before according to Google image search. The first image is simply a transparent PNG.
A 1960 advertisement for IBM’s SAGE system …WOPR by another name.
To be ready for the worst so that the worst will never happen…
A superb rallying cry from Mandy on the importance of markup literacy for professionals publishing on the web: writers, journalists, and most importantly, editors.
Some very interesting results from testing background image downloads contained within media queries or overridden with media queries: it turns out that, in iOS at least, the browser is getting smarter and smarter.
Pixelworkers have relaunched with a very nice responsive design.
Richard starts diving into some the nifty ligatures that are becoming available to us in OpenType fonts with CSS3.
This is really handy: a bookmarklet that will disable any CSS3 on a page so you can check that your fallbacks look okay.
This is the talk I gave at An Event Apart through 2010. It’s all about interaction design with some examples from Huffduffer.
Stef does some data-sleuthing and uncovers some shocking behaviour on the part of Google in Kenya.
A nice round-up of responsive and future-friendly resources.
This looks like it’s going to be a great event on February 25th right here in Brighton: a gathering of minds to brainstorm around web intents. Get there if you can.
Emigre’s font library is now available as web fonts that you can self-host (providing you take some protective measures with .htaccess). That means Mrs. Eaves is available for the screen. W00t!
There’s something zen-like about these banal stories of celebrity encounters.
You can now hire Mandy and Keith to make gorgeous films. Their website is, unsurprisingly, beautifully crafted.
An incredibly realistic Photoshop simulator built in the browser—it feels exactly like using the desktop version.
Another plea for content-out rather than canvas-in design.
Jonathan gives a thorough overview of the various tools and frameworks out there to help build native, hybrid and mobile web apps. He also shares his decision-making process on when to build what.
Wallow in nerd nostalgia and experience the Proustian rush of rebooting old operating systems.
A lovely timelapse tilt-shift video of Brighton.
A lovely piece from Matt examining agency and behaviour in the things we surround ourselves with: frying pans, houseplants, pets, and robots.
These are the droids you are looking for.
That Scott is one smart cookie. He has come up with a workaround (using the accelerometer) for that annoying Mobile Safari orientation/zoom bug that I blogged about recently.
I still want Apple to fix this bug as soon as possible—the fact that such smart people are spending so much effort on ingenious hacks shows just how much of a pain-point this is.
I’ve found myself using jQuery less and less recently. Partly to avoid the extra download and file size but also—as shown here—when it comes to DOM manipulation, there’s a lot you can do straight out of the box.
Stephen gives an excellent run-down of flexbox and how you can use it today.
Funny but creepy. Freepy.
Where men meets moustaches meets hair meets moustaches meets hair meets MOUSTAIR.
Fred touches on the same issues that Frank highlighted in his dConstruct talk last year: what do we do with all of this wealth of material we’ve been collecting/ffffinding/scrobbling/liking/favouriting/plus-one-ing.
Matt is offering up his space in central Brighton every Wednesday afternoon for free-for-all Arduino tinkering. I should try to get over there.
A short introductory presentation on responsive design.
I had exactly the same resistance to Instagram as Dan and I had exactly the same Yuletide conversion.
Of all the fuckwittery that PayPal have engaged in (and that’s a lot), this one really takes the biscuit.
Rather than have the violin returned to me, PayPal made the buyer DESTROY the violin in order to get his money back.
Yes! Yes! Yes!!!
Progressive enhancement is the only sane approach to today’s massively divergent landscape of devices. It can’t be repeated often enough.
Before there were HTTP codes, there were telegraphic codes. The Victorian internet indeed!
A one-stop-shop with links to the authentication settings of various online services. Take the time to do a little Spring cleaning.
Mashing up Angry Birds and spreadsheets to better visualise project time-tracking.
impress.js | presentation tool based on the power of CSS3 transforms and transitions in modern browsers | by Bartek Szopka @bartaz
What would Google+, YouTube and Facebook have looked like in 1997?
Vintage Space | A work in progress as I read, research, and write in pursuit of the still-unclear path towards professional spaceflight historian.
A terrific blog devoted to the space race.
Re-examining Von Neumann probes, reconciling their apparent scarcity with the Fermi paradox.
My short talk from Aral’s Update conference in Brighton last September. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. If I only I had a handheld mic—then I could’ve done a microphone drop at the end.