Armchair travelling to Ballardian locations.
Saturday, March 30th, 2013
Documenting history through photography.
Friday, March 29th, 2013
Celebrating 125 years of National Geographic, this Tumblr blog is a curated collection of photography from the archives. Many of the pictures are being published for the first time.
A really great interview with Nick Bostrom about humanity’s long-term future and the odds of extinction.
Who knew? The reissue of the classic thirteen-part Star Wars radio series was the first appearance of a proto-Proxima Nova.
Sorta sci-fi from Adam.
Consider this a shooting script for one of those concept videos so beloved of the big technology vendors.
Thursday, March 28th, 2013
Show me on the teddy bear where Nate Bolt touched you.
It’s a big ask, but if you can action these ten tips from Anil, your startup will crush it.
A collection of those appalling doublespeek announcements that sites and services give when they get acquired. You know the ones: they begin with “We’re excited to announce…” and end with people’s data being flushed down the toilet.
Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
Charles Arthur analyses the data from Google’s woeful history of shutting down its services.
So if you want to know when Google Keep, opened for business on 21 March 2013, will probably shut - again, assuming Google decides it’s just not working - then, the mean suggests the answer is: 18 March 2017. That’s about long enough for you to cram lots of information that you might rely on into it; and also long enough for Google to discover that, well, people aren’t using it to the extent that it hoped.
Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
Don’t let James Bridle get a hold of this.
Kyle’s new site is looking lovely and responsive (thanks to Josh). But mostly it just gets out of the way so you can take in his truly amazing work.
Prepare to lose yourself for hours as you keep hitting “take me somewhere else” through these most bizarre and wonderful Google street view locations.
Monday, March 25th, 2013
A lovely way of demonstrating the differences between map projections. Drag for extra fun.
I think it’s a bit of a shame that Brett is canning his mobile-first device-detection library, but I totally understand (and agree with) his reasons.
There is a consensual hallucination in the market, that we can silo devices into set categories like mobile, tablet, and desktop, yet the reality is drawing these lines in the sand is not an easy task.
This powerful timeline illustrates how drone attacks have increased dramatically under Obama’s administration.
Friday, March 22nd, 2013
I can empathise with Scott’s worries about fragmentation on the front-end with Saas, Styles, LESS, Compass, yada, yada, yada.
I want to share my code with everyone who writes CSS, not a subset of that group.
Thursday, March 21st, 2013
Want a Science Hack Day where you live? Make it so!
I find it hard to agree with any part of this. To me, it shows a deep misunderstanding of the web—treating the web as just another platform, without understanding what makes it so special.
I think I may have found my polar opposite.
The hilarious obsession with file size is the start of my frustrations with the web community.
Good writing. Good design. Good food.
I’m going to miss having Harry around at Clearleft. Sounds like he might miss Clearleft too:
What I’ve loved about Clearleft is that it’s just so different to any other agency I’ve worked at. There’s no company process – everyone’s encouraged to experiment and try different techniques to suit the client’s needs. There’s hardly any internal meetings. I’ve never once had a conversation about my billing efficiency. The focus is on quality, and profitability is almost seen as a by-product. You’re encouraged to share your learnings externally rather than keep them in-house. Everyone’s trusted and given a lot of independence.
A truly fascinating and well-written article on how changes are afoot in the worlds of psychology, economics, and just about any other field that has performed tests on American participants and extrapolated the results into universal traits.
Given the data, they concluded that social scientists could not possibly have picked a worse population from which to draw broad generalizations. Researchers had been doing the equivalent of studying penguins while believing that they were learning insights applicable to all birds.
Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
Oh, Jesus Christ!
Timoni tackles the tricky topic of teaching taps.
Discoverability can be hard, but that shouldn’t stop us trying out new interactions.
A sweet, beautiful love letter to design, from Oliver.
Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
Yes, yes, yes!
In Toxic Title Douchebag World, titles are designed to document the value of an individual sans proof. They are designed to create an unnecessary social hierarchy based on ego.
I like these design principles for server-side and client-side frameworks. I would say that they’re common sense but looking at many popular frameworks, this sense isn’t as common as it should be.
I agree with David: most pre-rolled grid “solutions” are way too complicated. And in any case, applying a pre-existing grid framework for a new project seems kind of like applying a pre-existing colour palette.
As David points out, it really needn’t be so complicated.
A wonderful rallying cry from Drew.
Ever since the halcyon days of Web 2.0, we’ve been netting our butterflies and pinning them to someone else’s board.
Hope that what you’ve created never has to die. Make sure that if something has to die, it’s you that makes that decision. Own your own data, friends, and keep it safe.
Monday, March 18th, 2013
In case you missed it earlier…
Sunday, March 17th, 2013
Jeff Noon and Markov chains—a heavenly match by Dan.
Saturday, March 16th, 2013
A report on the Responsive Day Out that focuses on three themes from the day: progressive enhancement, process, and design systems.
Friday, March 15th, 2013
Brent Simmons pens a love-letter to RSS, a technology that you use every day, whether you realise it or not.
David gets physidigital.
Tantek steps back and offers some practical approaches to reclaiming a more open web from the increasingly tight clutches of the big dominant roach motels.
Notice that he wrote this on his own domain, not on Branch, Medium, Google+, Facebook, or any other black hole.
A really lovely piece on the repositories of information that aren’t catalogued—a fourth quadrant in the Rumsfeldian taxonomy, these dark archives are the unknown knowns.
Thursday, March 14th, 2013
Benjamin’s notes from the Responsive Day Out.
Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
A handy one-stop-shop for tips on improving front-end performance.
A nice write-up of the Responsive Day Out from three different perspectives.
Science Fiction Film as Design Scenario Exercise for Psychological Habitability: Production Designs 1955-2009
A white paper that looks to sci-fi films as potential prototypes for habitats for humans in space, with an emphasis on dealing with the psychological issues involved.
A well-reasoned and excellently hyperlinked piece from Timo pushing back against the calls for “invisible” design.
To be fair, I’ve only ever heard the “no UI” argument in the context of “sometimes the best UI is no UI at all.”
Still, this is a great explanation of why “seamlessness” in design is by no means a desirable attribute.
Best. Chrome extension. EVER!
Paul’s Chrome extension replaces every instance of “the cloud” with “the moon” (something I do in my head anyway).
It’s forked from an extension that replaces every instance of “the cloud” with “the clown.”
Oh, and Ben has written a version for Safari …forked from code that converts every instance of “the cloud” to “my butt.”
Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
A handy step-by-step guide to all the ways you can use CSS for layout.
This issue of A List Apart is a great double-whammy. Lara Swanson has a ton of practical tips for front-end performance enhancements, and Brian dives deep into making your own icon fonts.
An excellent explanation from Tom Loosemore on why the Government Digital Service is putting its energy into open standards and the web, rather than proprietary native apps.
Monday, March 11th, 2013
I really, really enjoyed this chat with Conor, especially the quick-fire round.
Note: I’m happy to report that between doing the interview and its publication, I managed to get the redesign of The Session out the door.
Just like in the Borges short story, you can now see everything at once …from Project Gutenberg, or from Twitter, or from both.
This may be the only legitimate use case for (truly) infinite scrolling.
Friday, March 8th, 2013
A write-up of the Responsive Day Out from the perspective of a designer whose background is off-web:
Unlike the experts, I haven’t had to make the transition from designing for desktop for years to suddenly becoming device agnostic, which is what I think the main issue seems to be.
Thursday, March 7th, 2013
A magnificent piece of writing from Michael, examining the influence of Sergio Leone on George Lucas.
Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
Dan isn’t keen on the term “natural user interface.” Here’s why.
This is the full text of Owen’s talk at the Responsive Day Out. It makes for a terrific read!
Here’s Keir’s roundup of the Responsive Day Out (which was preceded by a Shopify meetup the night before).
A nice feature on Seb in the latest issue of Make magazine.
This is a great initiative. I’m going to learn a lot from it. I hope that I might even be able to contribute to it sometime.
The “client hints” proposal looks really interesting: a way for user-agents to send data to the server without requiring the server to have a library of user-agent strings. But Scott has a few concerns about some of the details.
Honestly, if you value the content you create and put online, then you need to be in control of your own stuff.
Revolutionising the way you revolutionise email.
Another in-depth round-up of the Responsive Day Out, this time from Vasilis.
Jessica’s handy guide to writing the right quotes and accents on a Mac keyboard.
Yet another round-up of the Responsive Day Out. I’m pleasantly surprised by the number of people that have been blogging since the event.
An in-depth blow-by-blow account of the Responsive Day Out by my fellow Brightonian.
Chris takes a look at all the different ways you can use SVG today.
Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
Biting satire that hits its mark superbly. Ouch! Be careful — this is sharp …and funny.
Cennydd uses the word “select” as an input-neutral term for what we might be tempted to call clicks or taps. Personally, I like the term “choose”, although that word might have too much intent bundled with it.
This is handy—a month by month list of which vegetables you should be planting right now.
Monday, March 4th, 2013
Another nice set of photos from the Responsive Day Out.
A write-up of the Responsive Day Out from one of the Belgian contingent. They’re a notoriously hard-to-please bunch but it sounds like a good time was had nonetheless.
Sadly, the ol’ “web app” get-out-of-jail-free card is whipped out once more. You know the one I mean.
Anna documents her tea-making process.
The latest Clearleft product will be like having an intensive set of discovery, collaboration, and exploration workshops in a box. Perfect for startups and other small businesses short on time or budget.
It starts in Spring but you can register your interest now.
The slides from Andy’s excellent pragmatic talk on performance and aggressive enhancement at the Responsive Day Out.
The slides from Owen’s magnificent talk at the Responsive Day Out …but you really had to be there.
Glenn’s notes from the Responsive Day Out. He thinks I brushed over the question of advertising (I don’t think I did, but no one topic got much airtime) and the question of “sites vs. apps”—that I did brush over: give me one good reason why we need to make a distinction (that nobody can agree on) between some sites and others. Seriously.
Everything old is new again. Ross noticed that many of the themes recurring at the Responsive Day Out hark back to best practices from over a decade ago: progressive enhancement, performance, good ol’ information architecture…
Some thoughts and soul-searching prompted by talks at the Responsive Day Out.
Some nice recollections from the Responsive Day Out.
A very handy technique from Cennydd for answering the “it depends” question of when you might need a separate device-specific site (‘though I think that a separate can be a good option in addition to a responsive site, rather than instead of).
Do you know anyone in Antwerp who wants to be part of a communal open device lab? Point them here.
A nice write-up of the Responsive Day Out with all the right take-aways.
Sunday, March 3rd, 2013
David shares his first ever speaking experience at the Responsive Day Out. I’m so, so happy he agreed to do it—he was great!
David’s slides from the Responsive Day Out.
Some musings prompted by the Responsive Day Out. I don’t agree with everything here (I certainly don’t think any of the speakers were demonising Photoshop, and pointing the finger at browser makers to solve our problems doesn’t help with existing and older browsers) but it’s always interesting to hear what other people got from the event. I definitely agree with the final point that we need to be sharing more, and not just on the narrowband paltry medium of Twitter.
Some bullet points from the Responsive Day Out to keep you going until the audio and video is ready.
I remember a talk and discussion at SxSW a few years back about trying to improve the efficiency of trade networks by making them more web-like: there are ships full of empty cargo containers, simply because companies insist on using the container with their logo on it. I really, really like the idea of applying the principles of packet-switching to physical networks.
But here’s the hard part:
The technology is not a problem. We could do it all in 10 years. It’s the business models and the mental models in people’s minds.
Slides, videos, and links from Paul’s presentation at the Responsive Day Out.
Saturday, March 2nd, 2013
Now this looks like my kind of event:
A new micro-conference on science, technology, communication and fiction, organised by the Arthur C. Clarke Award.
What an Orwellian title for a blog post announcing the wholesale destruction of user’s content. Oh, Yahoo, you sound so proud of your cavalier attitude towards the collective culture that you have harvested.
The slides from Anna’s terrific talk at the Responsive Day Out.
Marc’s pictures from the Responsive Day Out.
This was the crux of Elliot’s excellent talk at the Responsive Day Out. I heartily concur with this:
Once you overcome that initial struggle of adapting to a new process, designing and building responsive sites needn’t take any longer, or cost any more money. The real obstacle is designers and developers being set in their ways.
The slides from Josh’s super-quickfire presentation at the Responsive Day Out.
A blow-by-blow account of the Responsive Day Out by Orde Saunders who liveblogged the whole thing.
Vasilis examines the multitude of factors that could influence an ideal measure.
The WaSP is closing its doors. It has been a privilege and an honour to serve with such a fine organisation.