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A superb piece by Ross Penman on the importance of being true to the spirit of the web.
A superb piece by Ross Penman on the importance of being true to the spirit of the web.
By far the creepiest type experiment I have ever seen.
Here’s a talk give at a community event in London last summer.
Proving something that Derek Powazek told us 15 years ago:
When we clearly show what is and is not acceptable, the tone does change. People who want to share thoughtful comments start to feel that theirs are welcome, and people who want to spew hatred start to realize theirs are not.
D’hear that, Reddit?
Jo writes about hosting Codebar Brighton. I share her enthusiasm—it feels like a great honour to be able to host such a great community event.
Charlotte has experimenting with a nice discrete bit of flexbox on her personal site. Here she documents what she did, and what the fallback is.
Aaron documents his process of implementing Heydon’s clever quantity queries in CSS.
I am really looking forward to hearing Heydon’s talk at Responsive Day Out.
This gets nothing but agreement from me:
For altering the default scroll speed I honestly couldn’t come up with a valid use-case.
My theory is that site owners are trying to apply app-like whizz-banginess to the act of just trying to read some damn text, and so they end up screwing with the one interaction still left to the reader—scrolling.
A long-zoom look at life, work, and success.
I’m not usually a fan of portmanteau neologisms, but I really like Tash’s coining of the word longtrepreneur.
Mike runs through the history of Flash. Those who forget the history of the web are doomed to repeat it:
The struggle now seems to be turning to native apps versus non-native apps on the mobile platform. It is similar to Flash’s original battle ground: the argument that the Web technology stack is not suitable for building applications with a polished user-experience.
Primer, but Twitter.
Mark Rothko paintings recreated with CSS gradients.
A look at the risks of relying on a purely graphical icon for interface actions. When in doubt, label it.
Still a few days left to back this great project for Brighton:
Build, tinker, make and play! For anyone with imagination, The Brighton Makerlab lets ages 8 to 80 create cool stuff with technology.
Results of a survey of over 1000 people working on the web. It’s beautifully put together and the overall trajectory regarding responsive design looks pretty positive to me.
Get your next design game off to a quick start with this handy generator of nonsensical-yet-vaguely-plausible product ideas.
Hot on the heels of Github’s pattern library, here’s Heroku’s.
For when you just have to name something after a Culture General Systems Vehicle …or maybe a General Contact Unit.
Aw, this is so sweet! Jason describes getting inspired by Responsive Day Out to create Responsive Field Day:
For the last two years, I’ve devoured the podcasts from Responsive Day Out—the conference that Jeremy Keith and Clearleft put on across the pond in Brighton.
I’ve encouraged anyone who would listen to subscribe to the podcast. It is my favorite conference that I’ve never been to.
Inspired by Responsive Day Out, the gang at Cloud Four are organising a one-day event on responsive design in Portland on September 25th. It’s gonna be a good one.
Github’s pattern library.
As always, it’s great to see how other organisations are tackling modular reusable front-end code (though I can’t imagine why anyone other than Github would ever want to use it in production).
You might want to keep an eye on what the Clearlefties are doing here for the next hundred days.
One down, 99 to go.
The responsive BBC News site is live! Hurrah!
Here’s a look at the highs and lows of the site’s story, emphasising the importance of progressive enhancement and all that enables: feature detection (by “cutting the mustard”), conditional loading, and a mobile-first approach.
SpaceX has a Flickr account, and you have permission to use these photos.
Jeffrey muses on progressive enhancement and future-friendliness.
Beautiful use of CSS transitions and transforms.
Also: CSS is officially the new Flash—”skip intro” is back.
A walkthrough on using the iOS app Workflow to huffduff audio files from just about any app.
This year’s map from TeleGeography is looking lovely.
A profile of the great work Aaron and Seb have been doing at the Cooper Hewitt museum. Have a read of this and then have a listen again to Aaron’s dConstruct talk.
Practical examples showing where you can use flexbox right now, along with some strategies on how to start doing it.
Slides of really great practical advice on writing clearly.
Alternative histories of communication.
The launch of the Apple watch prompts Brad to remind us of the benefits of being future-friendly.
Once again, responsive design is not about “mobile”, “tablet”, and “desktop”. It’s about creating experiences meant to look and function beautifully on anything that can access the Web. We don’t know what gizmos will be sitting underneath Christmas trees two years from now, but there’s a damn good chance those gadgets will be able to access the Web.
A terrific little tool from Tim that puts performance into perspective by measuring how much money users are spending just to view your website on a mobile device.
The slides from Katie’s recent talk.
Performance is a rising requirement for building successful websites, but successful performance begins far earlier than development. So how do you get your entire team excited by it, specifically aesthetic-heavy designers?
Because in 10 years nothing you built today that depends on JS for the content will be available, visible, or archived anywhere on the web.
Sorting out hosting is a big stumbling block for people who want to go down the Indie Web route. Frankly it’s much easier to just use a third-party silo like Facebook or Twitter. I’ve been saying for a while now that I’d really like to see “concierge” services for hosting—”here, you take care of all this hassle!”
Well, this initiative looks like exactly that.
If you don’t have time to poke around StateOfWebType.com here’s the short version.
The most ambitious project from Archive Team yet: backing up the Internet Archive.
We can do this, people! Moore’s Law and all that.
(Initially it required jQuery but I tweaked it to avoid those dependencies and Yuri very kindly merged my pull request—such a lovely warm feeling when that happens.)
Superb. Absolutely superb.
A magnificent tour-de-force by Frank on the web’s edgelessness.
Read. Absorb. Read again. This is the essence of responsive web design, distilled.
These are principles of visual design—hierarchy, rhythm, etc.—nicely explored and explained.
A terrific bit of smart CSS thinking from Heydon Pickering.
You know he’s speaking at Responsive Day Out, right?
Always worth bearing in mind when some perspective is needed.
If it is possible that our future species will go on to create simulations of our civilisation forerunners (us), then it is far more likely that we are currently in such a simulation than not.
Jon has started a new little music podcast—and he’s using Huffduffer to generate the RSS feed—three thematically-linked pieces of music.
Have a listen to the first episode.
A quick drag’n’drop way to base 64 encode your web fonts so you can stick ‘em in local storage.
Any sufficiently advanced vision piece is indistinguishable from Black Mirror.
This time it’s a great article by Karen Menezes filled with practical examples showing where you can use flexbox today.
A really handy interactive intro to flexbox. Playing around with the properties and immediately seeing the result is a real help.
This would be better titled “Futures of texting” but it’s an interesting grab-bag of observations. I’ve always felt that SMS has been overlooked as an input mechanism.
(Conversely, I’ve always felt that voice is really over-rated as input mechanism, but under-rated for output.)
A great investigation into the usability benefits of allowing users to fill in their passwords in plain text.
Major caveat: make sure you still offer the ability to mask passwords too.
It looks like Google is going to start explicitly labelling slow sites as such in their search results (much like they recently started explicitly labelling mobile-friendly sites). So far it’s limited to Google’s own properties but it could be expanded.
Personally, I think this is a fair move. If the speed of a site were used to rank sites differently, I think that might be going too far. But giving the user advanced knowledge and leaving the final decision up to them …that feels good.
Now you can get a 7” x 10” print of the cast of Ariel’s fantastic spaceprob.es site.
I think this would look quite fetching in the Clearleft office.