If you were at Patterns Day and you liked the music that was playing during the breaks, here’s the playlist. All the artists are based in Brighton.
Another instance of Fractal in the wild, this time for the Federalist design system.
- It’s open source.
- It’s easy to use.
- It generates standalone HTML previews of each component.
- It uses or supports many of the technologies we use already.
- Fractal offers a customizable theme engine.
There’s a lot of great knowledge in here that can be applied to plenty of other interface elements too.
You can print out this PDF and then have the satisfaction of ticking off each item on the list as you build your website.
This is absolutely fascinating—listen live to radio stations all over the world by rotating our planet in your browser.
There’s something really addictive about eavesdropping on the world’s airwaves like this.
A fascinating piece by Eleanor on the typographic tweaking that the Wellcome team did to balance the competing needs of different users.
It reminds me of the old jQuery philosophy: find something and do stuff to it.
A list of books that have been published in their entirety on the web. If you know of any others, please contribute.
Eric walks through a really nice use of CSS shapes and
@supports on a page of the An Event Apart site.
It’s a nice little illustration of how we can use advanced features of CSS right now, without the usual wait for widespread support.
I’m not a fan of the checklist approach to accessibility, but this checklist of checklists makes for a handy starting point and it’s segmented by job role. Tick all the ones that apply to you, and this page will generate a list for you to copy and paste.
Story of my life:
I have to confess I had no idea what a technical leader really does. I figured it out, eventually.
Seriously, this resonates a lot with what I find myself doing at Clearleft these days.
Here’s a handy directory of scripts that set out to solve one problem without any dependencies. Useful for poking at, picking apart, and learning from.
I really, really like this approach. I’ve used something similar in my responsive design workshops, where I get people to break things down into nouns and verbs (objects and actions). I think there’s a lot of crossover with good URL design here too—this is kind of like REST for UX designers.
You know that front-end pattern libraries have hit the mainstream when the Nielsen Norman Group get in on the action.
As ever, I’m not sure their sweeping generalisations can be applied to every project, but their checklist approach makes for a good starting point.
Well, this is rather lovely!
I nodded along with host Jen Simmons and guest Jeremy Keith saying some very smart things about the web and its roots as the El train cut across Philadelphia. But at the 48-minute mark things got weird, because Jen and Jeremy basically started writing my column for me while I listened.
Read on for some great advice on conquering your inner critic.
I’m so proud of Charlotte right now: last week she gave a conference talk and today she has an article published in A List Apart. Superb work on both fronts!
She does a great job of talking through a collaborative exercise to help teams move from thinking in pages to thinking in patterns.