If you’re in need of some long-term perspective right now—because, let’s face it, the short-term outlook is looking pretty damn bleak—then why not explore some of Max Roser’s data visualisations? Have a look at some of the global trends in inequality, disease, hunger, and conflict.
A wonderful investigation of a culture-shifting mobile device: the kaleidoscope. A classic Gibsonian example of the street finding its own uses for technology, this story comes complete with moral panics about the effects of augmenting reality with handheld devices.
(I’m assuming the title wasn’t written by the author—this piece deals almost exclusively with pre-Victorian England.)
Slowly but surely the web is switching over to HTTPS. The past year shows a two to threefold increase.
Adrian runs through the history of well-crafted websites:
- 1990s: Dynamic websites
- 2002: All-CSS layouts
- 2003: Nice URLs
- 2005: Ajax
- 2009: Custom web fonts
- 2010: Responsive web design
I think he’s absolutely right with his crystal ball too:
What’s a big hint that a site is crafted by forward-looking web developers? I’d say it’s service workers, the most interesting thing happening in web development.
But leaving trends aside, Adrian reminds us:
Some things never go out of style. None of the following is tied to a particular time or event, but each is a sign a website was made by people who care about their craft:
- Semantic markup
- Following accessibility standards
Web technology is no longer limiting us or scaring us into “staying safe” moreover it’s enabling us to get inspired by our surroundings and go and create some truly amazing, Web-Specific design.
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.
Greg isn’t just lamenting a perceived “sameness” in web design here. He’s taking a long-zoom view and pointing out that there’s always a sameness …and you can choose to go along with it or you can choose to differentiate.
An intriguing extrapolation of current design trends: perhaps typographically-strong single-column layouts will become popular out of sheet necessity.
David takes a look at worldwide trends in web browsing, pointing out where mobile traffic exceeds desktop …and we’re not necessarily talking about smartphones here either.
It would be possible to travel from the Niger Delta on the west coast of Africa, to the horn of Africa on the east coast, without passing through a country where people surf more on desktop than a mobile phone.
I know how Brad feels. I find it hard to muster any enthusiasm for any specific new device these days. But that’s okay. It’s more important to step back and see the trends and directions instead of getting caught up in the specifics of this particular phone or that particular tablet.
My remedy for device fatigue has been to take a step back and let my eyes go unfocused. Much like a Magic Eye, I can then see the hidden pictures behind the stippled noise that is the device landscape. This remedy helps me cope, gets me to stop caring about things that don’t really matter, and gets me to care about the broader trends the Magic Eye unveils.
They're going to get into so much trouble for this, but this data analysis is pretty great.
An experimental prototype that tracks the online buzz around BBC programmes (before they disappear down the memory hole of the iPlayer's time-restricted playback).
A Cederholm-designed site for tracking trends on Wikipedia. Check out the HTML5-based class names.
Duncan Watts works at Yahoo Research? I had no idea! Ironically, it was Gladwell's Tipping Point that first led me to Watts' work.
A nice collection of CSS tutorials and design trends.
A nice well-illustrated article from Larissa Meek pointing to some design trends that can be applied to the Web.
This is cargo cultism in action. Reductionism at its worst.
Calculate your Web Coolness, courtesy of Cameron. Of course he couldn't resist one more jibe at me in there.
A new site dedicated to design, both on the Web and off.