Tim explains why that neat trick of making a really big JPEG with quality set to 0% is no longer necessary, and how the savings you make in bandwidth with that technique are nullified by the expense of the memory footprint needed.
Tuesday, March 27th, 2018
Monday, July 17th, 2017
I really like this “evil” design exercise that Jared has documented on Ev’s blog.
I broke them up into small groups of three, spreading each role across separate groups. I then asked each person to grab a sheet of paper and make their own list of ways they imagined the product’s user experience could be made worse.
Friday, January 6th, 2017
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.
Thursday, March 24th, 2016
Vitaly calls them dirty tricks but this is a handy collection of front-end development techniques. They’re not really dirty …just slightly soiled.
Tuesday, December 1st, 2015
Thursday, July 30th, 2015
When another company achieves success, there’s a lot of pressure to investigate what they did right and apply that to our own organizations.
But we still have a chance. As long as we run brave organizations made up of even braver souls who are willing to embrace expression, trust their intuition and experiences, and stand up when everyone else is sitting down, we will survive.
Monday, October 6th, 2014
Some thoughts on progressive enhancement, although I disagree with the characterisation of progressive enhancement as being the opposite choice to making “something flashy that pushes the web to it’s limits”—it’s entirely possible to make the flashiest, limit-pushing sites using progressive enhancement. After all…
it’s much more a mindset than a particular development technique.
Monday, January 21st, 2013
A really good introduction to front-end performance techniques. Most of this was already on my radar, but I still picked up a handy tip or two (particularly about DNS prefetching).
At this stage it should go without saying that you should be keeping up with this kind of thing: performance is really, really, really important.
Saturday, October 6th, 2012
A lovely bit of hypertext.
Thursday, October 4th, 2012
It might seem like an obvious point, but what Tim is talking about here happens over and over again: a technique is dismissed based on bad implementation.
Wednesday, December 14th, 2011
Here’s a geek advent calendar I missed. There are some great CSS techniques here.
Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
Some good ideas for formatting tabular data for small screens.
Friday, June 10th, 2011
A nice round-up of responsive design techniques, with a particular focus on content first.
Thursday, February 17th, 2011
Some nice drop-shadow effects. Generated content is the key.
Tuesday, December 1st, 2009
I'll take any excuse to watch the opening of Touch of Evil — I don't think it'll ever be topped.
Friday, August 15th, 2008
A wonderfully informative and useful look at paragraphs styles ...in history and in CSS.
Monday, March 24th, 2008
Here's a very handy CSS technique for floating a group of objects edge to edge. I've been in this situation quite a few times in the past.