Monday, May 23rd, 2022
Wednesday, May 4th, 2022
This is kind of a Utopia lite: pop in your minimum and maximum font sizes along with a modular scale and it spits out some custom properties for
Thursday, January 20th, 2022
I wrote about how I created a page on The Session with instructions for installing the site to your home screen. When I said that I included screenshots on that page, I may have underplayed the effort involved. It was real faff.
I’ve got an iPhone so generating screenshots (and video) from that wasn’t too bad. But I don’t have access to an Android phone. I found myself scouring the web for templates that I could use to mockup a screenshot of the address bar.
That got me thinking…
Wouldn’t it be cool if there were a service that generated those screenshots for you? You give it a URL, and it spits out screenshots of the site complete with overlays showing the installation flow on Android and iOS. It could even generate the
img markup, complete with differently-scaled images for the
Download the images. Copy that markup. Paste it into a page on your site. Boom! Now you’ve got somewhere to point your visitors to if you’d like them to install your progressive web app.
There are already some services out there for generating screenshots of mobile phones but they’re missing is the menu overlays for adding to home screen.
The devrels at both Google and Microsoft have been doing a great job of promoting progressive web apps. They’ve built tools to help you with tasks like generating icons or creating your web app manifest. It would be sooooo nifty if those tools also generated instructional screenshots for adding to home screen!
Wednesday, December 1st, 2021
Click (or refresh) for a new one.
Monday, August 9th, 2021
Keep refreshing until you find your next job title.
Sunday, March 21st, 2021
A slot machine for speculation. Enter a topic and get a near-future scenario on that topic generated automatically.
Sunday, March 7th, 2021
This is easily my favourite use of a machine learning algorithm.
Saturday, October 10th, 2020
Sunday, July 19th, 2020
I spent far too long hitting refresh and then clicking on the names of some of the Irish bands down near the bottom of the line-up.
Wednesday, February 19th, 2020
Have fun with this little machine, tweaking the parameters for generating a Joy Division/Jocelyn Bell-Burnell data visualisation.
The interface is quite delightful!
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019
Saturday, August 31st, 2019
Automatically generates icons and splash screens based on Web App Manifest specs and Apple Human Interface Guidelines. Updates manifest.json and index.html files with the generated images.
A handy command line tool. Though be aware that it will generate the shit-ton of
link elements for splash screens that Apple demands you provide for a multitude of different screen sizes.
Saturday, April 13th, 2019
Trys has made YASSG—Yet Another Static Site Generator. It’s called Sergey (like SSG, see?) and it does just one thing: it allows you to include chunks of markup. It’s Apache Server Side Includes all over again!
Kick the tyres and see what you think.
Tuesday, September 25th, 2018
Monday, September 24th, 2018
Procedurally generated medieval town plans. Pick a size and then have some fun with the “warp” option.
Tuesday, July 10th, 2018
There are a lot of static site generators out there!
Friday, July 6th, 2018
Testing the theory that putting the word “total”, “complete”, or “absolute” in front of any noun automatically makes for an excellent insult.
Monday, April 9th, 2018
Procedurally generated murmurations of starlings.
Wednesday, April 4th, 2018
This service could be quite handy if you’re making a presentation that involves showing code—it generates syntax-highlighted images of code.
Friday, January 5th, 2018