Seb picks his top ten typefaces inspired by calligraphy.
Tuesday, October 19th, 2021
Saturday, March 7th, 2020
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020
A brief history of the manicule, illustrated with some extreme examples.
Monday, December 9th, 2019
Brad gets ranty …with good reason.
Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
Well, this is interesting. Panic, the little software company that could, are making a handheld gaming device. This is like the hardware equivalent of the indie web.
Wednesday, April 24th, 2019
The 2019 edition of Cody Lindley’s book is a good jumping-off point with lots of links to handy resources.
Tuesday, July 31st, 2018
A forthcoming documentary about the company spun out of Apple to create a handheld communication device …in 1990.
From mobile computing, social media, downloadable apps and e-commerce to touchscreens, emoji and USB, the products and services that now dominate the tech industry and our day-to-day lives were born at General Magic.
Monday, December 12th, 2016
CSS Shorthand Syntax Considered an Anti-Pattern – CSS Wizardry – CSS, OOCSS, front-end architecture, performance and more, by Harry Roberts
Sensible advice from Harry—only style what you mean to style.
Thursday, July 7th, 2016
You can think of this as a short book or a long article, but either way it’s a handy overview of typography on the web:
A concise, referential guide on best web typographic practices.
Mind you, I take issue with this assertion:
Establishing a vertical rhythm is simple.
Sunday, February 28th, 2016
Aaaaand, once again, the Acheulean hand ax makes an appearance, this time in Jon’s rant about marketing.
A decade or more ago, digital marketing was more of a blunt instrument. It was like the first stone axe - crude, but it got the job done.
That’s three links in one day that reference the same prehistoric technology. What coincidental synchronicity!
There’s that Acheulean hand ax again.
The first ever object to be designed by man 1.7 million years ago was a flint hand axe. Flint has the same molecular structure as a crystal and they both consist of silica. The project juxtaposes the flint hand axe with the latest crystal technology; Xero chaton the world’s smallest precision cut crystal measuring 0.6mm in diameter, smaller than a grain of sand.
Even more intriguing than their vast distribution across three continents is their time depth. Acheulean hand axes have been found at sites spanning 1.5 million years of human existence, dating from roughly 1.6 million years ago to about 100,000 years ago. That makes the Acheulean ax the most sustainable technology that members of our genus (Homo) ever developed. Consider, in contrast, the amount of technological change that has occurred in just the last 150 years (since the first telephone call), one ten-thousandth the amount of time the Acheulean hand ax was made and used. Or consider the amount of technological change in just the last 10 years (since the first iPhone was introduced), one one-hundred-fifty-thousandth the amount of time that Acheulean hand axes were made and used. In the memorable words of my former professor Arthur J. Jelinek, hand axes represent “mind-numbing technological stability.”
Friday, February 12th, 2016
Y’know, all too often we’re caught up in the latest techniques and technologies. It’s easy to forget that there are people out there trying to learn this whole web thing from scratch. That’s why I think blog posts like this are so, so important!
Based on her experience teaching CSS at Codebar, Charlotte describes how she explains margins. Sounds simple, right? But is that because we’ve internalised this kind of thing? When was the last time we really thought about the basic building blocks of making websites?
Anyway, this is by far the best explanation of margin shorthand properties that I’ve seen.
More of this kind of thing, please!
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
You’ll want to back this—you’ll want to back the hell out of this!
Monday, December 2nd, 2013
The transcript of Mark’s talk from last week’s Handheld conference in Cardiff.
There are mountains.
Sunday, December 1st, 2013
This was my favourite moment from the Handheld conference in Cardiff.
Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
Because sometimes a sad trombone just won't do.
Thursday, October 29th, 2009
Thursday, March 5th, 2009
Great article by Bruce defending the principle of One Web.
Friday, February 13th, 2009
Bend over 'cause Microsoft is about to stick it to us standards-savvy developers. Again.