Marcin built this lovely little in-browser tool to demonstrate how segmented type displays work at different sizes.
The latest explainer/game from Nicky Case is an absolutely brilliant interactive piece on small world networks.
Pong + Pacman + Space Invaders!
A really deep dive into
display: contents from Ire.
A fun game with pins and string in canvas.
Tal Leming’s thoroughly delightful (and obsessive) account of designing the 90 Minutes typeface for U.S. Soccer.
FIFA has strict regulations that govern the size and stroke weight of numbers and letters used on official match uniforms. This made me unbelievably paranoid. I had a nightmare that one of the national teams would be set for kickoff of an important match and the referee would suddenly blow the whistle and say, “Hey, hey, hey! The bottom stroke of that 2 is 1 mm too light. The United States must forfeit this match!”
A nexus of hypermedia on all things Blade Runner, from links to Tumblr blogs to embedded screenplays, documentaries, and scanned images.
Language conjures the world into being.
Just type stuff.
Girls on Neopets took what they needed from the site and used the skills acquired there to further develop a burgeoning digital girls’ culture, whether it be in expanding their guild pages into personal sites, teaching others to code, or exchanging those skills for economic gain in Neopets.
I have anecdotal evidence from a few people that Neopets was their introduction to web design and development.
Everyone’s been talking about
font-display: swap as a way of taking the pain out of loading web fonts, but here Chris looks at
font-display: optional and
font-display: fallback as well.
We don’t want the field to de-democratize and become the province solely of those who can slog through a computer science degree.
So we need new tools that let everyone see, understand, and remix today’s web. We need, in other words, to reboot the culture of View Source.
This is an excellent proposal from Emil. If we can apply
display: contents to fieldsets, then we would finally have a way of undoing the byzantine browser styles that have hindered adoption of this element. This proposal also ensures backwards compatibility so there’d be no breakage of older sites:
The legacy appearance of fieldsets probably needs to be preserved for compatibility reasons. But
display: contentsis not supported in any old browsers, and is most likely used on exactly zero sites using the legacy look of fieldsets.
Whaddya say, browser makers?
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.
This is a really clear explanation of how CSS works.
Tetris in your browser. Visit it once and it works offline (if your browser supports service workers) so go ahead and add it to your home screen.
The texture here is shockingly realistic.
I can relate to what Rachel describes here—I really like using my own website as a playground to try out new technologies. That’s half the fun of the indie web.
I had already decided to bring my content back home in 2017, but I’d also like to think about this idea of using my own site to better demonstrate and play with the new technologies I write about.