A new publication from MIT. It deliberately avoids the jargon that’s often part and parcel of peer-reviewed papers, and all of the articles are published under a Creative Commons attribution licence.
The first issue is dedicated to Marvin Minsky and features these superb articles, all of which are independently excellent but together form an even greater whole…
When the cybernetics movement began, the focus of science and engineering was on things like guiding a ballistic missile or controlling the temperature in an office. These problems were squarely in the man-made domain and were simple enough to apply the traditional divide-and-conquer method of scientific inquiry.
Science and engineering today, however, is focused on things like synthetic biology or artificial intelligence, where the problems are massively complex. These problems exceed our ability to stay within the domain of the artificial, and make it nearly impossible for us to divide them into existing disciplines.
This essay proposes a map for four domains of creative exploration—Science, Engineering, Design and Art—in an attempt to represent the antidisciplinary hypothesis: that knowledge can no longer be ascribed to, or produced within, disciplinary boundaries, but is entirely entangled.
The designers of complex adaptive systems are not strictly designing systems themselves. They are hinting those systems towards anticipated outcomes, from an array of existing interrelated systems. These are designers that do not understand themselves to be in the center of the system. Rather, they understand themselves to be participants, shaping the systems that interact with other forces, ideas, events and other designers. This essay is an exploration of what it means to participate.
As our technological and institutional creations have become more complex, our relationship to them has changed. We now relate to them as we once related to nature. Instead of being masters of our creations, we have learned to bargain with them, cajoling and guiding them in the general direction of our goals. We have built our own jungle, and it has a life of its own.
A superb piece by Ross Penman on the importance of being true to the spirit of the web.
A collection of performance resources: articles, tools, talks, and books.
A great primer on using
picture. I think I’ll be referring back to this a lot.
I was interviewed for a feature in issue 257 of net magazine.
In this interview, I pause. And continue.
A great article by Susan on getting started with creating a styleguide for any project.
I’ve seen firsthand how style guides save development time, make communication regarding your front end smoother, and keep both code and design consistent throughout the site.
James gets profiled in Vanity Fair …which is, frankly, kind of weird.
It’s also so bizarre to read about his SXSW New Aesthetic panel as being such a pivotal moment: there weren’t that many of us in the room.
A lovely site with thoughtful articles on the long-term future of the web.
There’s audio too, which is unfortunately locked up in the unhuffduffable roach motel that is Soundcloud, but I’m hoping that might change.
Forty Years of Movie Hacking: Considering the Potential Implications of the Popular Media Representation of Computer Hackers from 1968 to 2008
An in-depth look at the portrayal of hackers on film.
Some of the past year’s best long-form non-fiction, gathered together into a handy readlist for your portable epub pleasure.
A peak behind the scenes at the responsive design and development workflow at Bearded. It makes a lot of sense.
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.
An excellent in-depth article from Anna on the many gaming devices out there that have both an internet connection and a web browser.
How about this for a trip down memory lane—a compendium of articles from over a decade of A List Apart, also available as a Readlist epub. It’s quite amazing just how good this free resource is.
The only thing to fault is that, due to some kind of clerical error, one of my articles has somehow found its way onto this list.
If this were Twitter, you’d be at-replying me with the hashtag “humblebrag”, wouldn’t you?
Samantha does an excellent job of explaining how useful style tiles can be for visual design and iteration.
Add this one to your Instapaper/Readability queue: the behind-the-scenes story of the train wreck that was the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special.
The story of the particle windchime—it turns subatomic particle collisions into sound—created at Science Hack Day San Francisco.
A great piece about the changing nature of content ownership and distribution. And now I share it with you, validating its central premise.
If you speak Flemish, you might enjoy this article based on a chat I had with a Belgium journalist.
If you don’t speak Flemish, well, just move along.
Science, suspense, humour and horror combined into one truly superbly-written article.
A great post from the frontline of markup. This is just a taste of the confusion to come.
A beautiful site for long-form content, also available in dead tree format.
Bruce gives a good explanation of the difference between section and article in HTML5.
A beautifully designed location-based web magazine.
The colour scheme is a little odd (though I expect this will change from month to month) but the typography is tasteful and the content is king.
With heavy heart, Nick announces the end of Digital Web magazine. It will be missed.
Superb article by Ethan on calculating percentages for liquid layouts. Read it. Do it.
Andy Baio gets his first by-line in a national newspaper (based on an article from Waxy.org).
Handmade subatomic particle plushies from the standard model of physics ...and beyond!
Like 24 Ways, this is an advent calendar for geeks. But this one is focused on PHP.
Rejoice! 24 Ways is back again. Prepare for 24 days of web development articles.
The Napoleon Dynamite problem at Netflix: basement hackers and amateur mathematicians are competing to improve the program that Netflix uses to recommend DVDs â€” and to win $1 million in the process.
I like the look of this, both visually and idealistically. "ThoughtCafe is a crowdsourced online magazine, written by the internet community for the internet community."
How awesome is this? A real-world "print'n'paper magazine" for web developers. "An elegant, timeless, collectable magazine for people who love web design and are intrigued by the possibility of the web"
Here's something to bring on the geek goosebumps: a countdown to the activation of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Many sectors have already completed cooldown.
Hey, look what's back: Webmonkey! Ah, memories.
A great narrative by Peter Nixey detailing the ups and downs of launching a web app (Clickpass in this case).
Brian has written an excellent article that not only explains how to write XFN but also how to parse it.
Coworking is on the radar of mainstream media. This article even includes a mention of Brighton & Hove's very own The Werks.
Brian shows some clever uses of the little-known :target pseudo-class.
Easy as Pie Ajax Requests - Create compelling ajax in minutes with simple examples. | Notes from Phazm
This is a good straightforward hands-on explanation of Ajax: succinct and clear.
A brilliant summation by David Byrne of the possible business models available to musicians today.
Jina has put together an excellent series of steps you can take to keep not just nice, but downright sexy.
This makes me feel all warm and fuzzy: the New York Times talking about microformats.
An article about Twitter focusing on one threatened suicide and one averted break-up. Leisa and her excellent phrase "ambient intimacy" are quoted.
I saw Steven Pinker give a talk recently and he spent a fair amount of time talking about swearing. He has written up that part of the talk into an article for the New Republic.
Et tu, BBC?
The need for portable social networks hits the mainstream press: Professor Michael Geist writes an article for the BBC website.
The second part of Gareth's series for Digital Web on APIs. This time he's got some PHP code samples for parsing XML and JSON.
I love this article by Amber Simmons. The truth shines through.
Great article from Brian ranging from introducing microformats right up to the current state of play.
A nice write-up of Hackday on Wired. Oxford Geek Night gets a mention too (go, Nat!).
A nicely succinct and surprisingly accurate article on Newsweek all about Twitter.
A really nice article by Jesse Bennett-Chamberlain detailing the process behind a site design.
A great hands-on article on the benefits of playing with paper.
Mark has written a great article for ALA, focusing on one aspect of good typography: whitespace.
Can you really get by in Ireland by just speaking Irish? Not in Dublin, it seems. I'd love to see the TV show that this article is based on.
Great explanatory article by James Bennett comparing JSON and XML.
Simon St. Laurent writes about the victory of JSON over XML in the browser and looks forward to a future filled with XQuery.
An LA Times article that "gets" Twitter.
An interview with the creator of Jaiku.
Molly has written a great article about CSS and urban planning. The ensuing comments are sometimes thought-provoking, but mostly just plain antfucking.
What if the Force isn't a plot device... what if the Force is the plot?
An over-the-top article at Salon about 37 Signals.