Monday, October 29th, 2012
Saturday, October 27th, 2012
There is an elephant in the Microsoft store.
Friday, October 26th, 2012
Jason goes into detail describing the File Format problem that he and others are going to tackle in the effort known as Just Solve The Problem.
Thursday, October 25th, 2012
Another responsive design case study. This one’s got numbers too.
I love seeing the process behind responsive projects. This one is particularly nice.
You’ve probably seen this already, but it’s really worth bearing in mind: when you’re scaling up JPGs for retina display you can safely reduce the image quality by quite a lot—to the point of getting the exact same file size as a higher quality image that’s half the size.
A really terrific piece about wireframing for responsive designs. Again, it’s all about the prototypes.
Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
Craig writes about the hologram of his quantified self.
A step-by-step guide to unDRMing your Kindle books—a prudent course of action given Amazon’s recent unilateral wiping of Kindles.
It’s all about the signalling.
Interaction dissolving into the environment.
The state of the art in animated gifs: full-screen and scrubbable. Kiss your productivity goodbye.
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
Design Fiction at work, imagining a possible future city.
Less wireframing, more prototyping.
A worrying look at how modern web developers approach accessibility. In short, they don’t.
The low-hanging fruit of accessibility fixes; it’s worth bearing these in mind.
Monday, October 22nd, 2012
Why George Lucas Is the Greatest Artist of Our Time - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Camille Paglia is apparently a Lucas apologist like me.
Mark gets to the heart of the issue with making responsive designs work with legacy Content Management Systems …or, more accurately, Web Publishing Tools. There’s a difference. A very important difference.
A good overview of making Huffduffer play nicely with podcasting software on iOS.
Huffduffer is a niche tool that, for me, solves a recurring problem. I can now save episodes from any device without having to subscribe to an entire show if I’m just interested in a a single episode.
Sunday, October 21st, 2012
My last shipment from the Quaterly contained everything I need to get a sourdough starter going (thanks to Alexis Madrigal). I think I might have to get me one of these cute sourdough globes: “It’s like a Tamagotchi, but actually alive.”
Be sure to check out the the blog documenting the design and development.
Peter Saville talks about the enduring appeal of his cover for Unknown Pleasures.
I like to think of all the variations and mashups as not just tributes to Joy Division, but tributes to Jocelyn Bell Burnell too.
These three talks are worth your time.
A really nicely designed site to help you catch up on some good conference talks you might have missed.
Celebrating the work of the tireless men and women who shorten headlines so they’ll fit on your iPhone.
Saturday, October 20th, 2012
Some of these are pure chindogu but others are pure genius.
Friday, October 19th, 2012
A peak behind the scenes at the responsive design and development workflow at Bearded. It makes a lot of sense.
CAPTHCAs are a terrible, terrible solution to a technological problem. But at least these CAPTCHAs acknowledge that the person typing is not only not-a-bot, but a human being.
A lovely piece from Joanne on storytelling, identity and the internet.
Does Zed Shaw look like a bitch to you?
I said does Zed Shaw look like a bitch to you?
Thursday, October 18th, 2012
In mobile-centric Africa, Responsive Web Design just makes business sense!Moses Kemibaro | Moses Kemibaro
Therefore, from a business perspective, and my excitement in doing this blog post is that RWD is especially important for mobile-centric markets such as Africa.
Remember when I linked to the Github repository of The Guardian’s front-end team? Well, now—if you’ll pardon the mixing of metaphors—you can start to kick the tyres of the fruits of their labour. This beta site shows where their experiments with responsive design might lead.
This is quite an astounding piece of writing. Robert Lucky imagines the internet of things mashed up with online social networking …but this was published in 1999!
Smashing Magazine are publishing a book on mobile and the web. I’m writing the foreword. I should really get on that.
Useful advice from Tim on preparing your responsive site for IE10’s new “snap mode”. Don’t worry: it doesn’t involve adding any proprietary crap …quite the opposite, in fact.
Chloe uses interactive text in an attempt to explain what lexical-gustatory synesthesia is like.
Wednesday, October 17th, 2012
This looks like a handy way of enhancing forms to have input masks (Luke W. would approve). Right now it’s a jQuery plug-in but I’m sure someone as smart as you would be able to create a standalone version, right?
This is the talk I gave at the Webdagene conference in Norway a few weeks back. I called it Responsive Enhancement but I think the Norwegian title translates as “Improvements Through Responsive Design.”
Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
Ooh, these look nice! Smaller, more manageable newspapers from Newspaper Club.
Thoughtful points from Chris, delivered on the closing day of this year’s Brooklyn Beta.
So, the next time you feel like you’re missing out, stop it. Zoom out a little bit and give yourself some space and some perspective, so you can focus on what matters.
Song-a-day Mann closed out this year’s Brooklyn Beta by singing this song (number #1381 in his ongoing series). We all sang along. It was pretty damn great.
Friday, October 12th, 2012
This is an excellent resource from Anna. She’s documenting the browser capabilities of games consoles.
A nice look at some possible ways to approach workflow on a responsive project.
This looks like an excellent deal: buy eight sci-fi books for as much money as you think is fair. Lauren Beukes, Paolo Bacigalupi, Cory Doctorow …all good stuff.
Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
A one-stop-shop for browser-compatibility information. This is MDN, HTML5 Rocks, and Quirksmode all rolled into one.
Saturday, October 6th, 2012
A lovely bit of hypertext.
Friday, October 5th, 2012
A communal device lab in Stockholm.
Thursday, October 4th, 2012
A well-executed sci-fi short film on augmented reality and gamification.
It might seem like an obvious point, but what Tim is talking about here happens over and over again: a technique is dismissed based on bad implementation.
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
Amen, Lyza, Amen. Instead of treating web development for the multitude of devices out there as an overwhelming nigh-on-impossible task, let’s accept the fact that there are certain things that are beyond our control. And that’s okay.
Let’s build on the commonality core to the web where we can. To do this, I think we need to let go of a few things, to lay down our burdens.
Related: do websites need to look the same in every browser? NO!
Live in or near San Francisco? Interested in preserving computer history? Then you should meet up with Jason this Friday:
This Friday, October 5th, the Internet Archive has an open lunch where there’s tours of the place, including the scanning room, and people get up and talk about what they’re up to. The Internet Archive is at 300 Funston Street. I’m here all week and into next.
A great in-depth explanation by Aarron on why Mailchimp dropped their Facebook and Twitter log-in options. Partly it was the NASCAR problem, but the data (provided by user testing with Silverback) also brought up some interesting issues.
Nishant gives a great overview of the responsive redesign of the Microsoft home page, ably abetted by the Paravel gang.
Monday, October 1st, 2012
CSSquirrel shares my feelings on the email notification anti-pattern.