What these brands are taking from web-brutalism — and truly, we should all be learning something here — is that User-centered design doesn’t need to be monopolized by the same colors, same buttons, same photography and even same copy you see in pretty much every single website or product.
Wednesday, April 18th, 2018
Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
Peter looks into his crystal ball for 2018 and sees computers with eyes, computers with ears, and computers with brains.
Saturday, December 23rd, 2017
So maybe we need to look at the whole package and create an… oh, I don’t know, what’s the phrase I need… an “indie web”?
Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
The museum exhibits over 800 carefully selected and sorted web sites that show web design trends between the years 1995 and 2005.
Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
According to this, the forthcoming Clearleft redesign will be totally on fleek.
Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
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.
Sunday, August 7th, 2016
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.)
Thursday, July 21st, 2016
Slowly but surely the web is switching over to HTTPS. The past year shows a two to threefold increase.
Friday, April 29th, 2016
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
Monday, November 16th, 2015
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.
Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
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.
Friday, April 25th, 2014
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.
Monday, January 14th, 2013
An intriguing extrapolation of current design trends: perhaps typographically-strong single-column layouts will become popular out of sheet necessity.
Monday, November 12th, 2012
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.
Thursday, November 8th, 2012
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.
Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
They're going to get into so much trouble for this, but this data analysis is pretty great.
Tuesday, June 30th, 2009
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).
Wednesday, March 25th, 2009
A Cederholm-designed site for tracking trends on Wikipedia. Check out the HTML5-based class names.
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008
Duncan Watts works at Yahoo Research? I had no idea! Ironically, it was Gladwell's Tipping Point that first led me to Watts' work.
Tuesday, July 31st, 2007
A nice collection of CSS tutorials and design trends.