Wednesday, April 4th, 2018
Since I’m returning to it for some refreshment, time to add the link: “How to Use Clashing Fonts” by Jonathan Hoefler. “It’s often the dialogue between typefaces that most effectively communicates how information is meant to be understood.”
Saturday, March 24th, 2018
POSSE at indieweb stands for “Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere”. It’s a content publishing model that starts with posting content on your own domain, then syndicating out copies to 3rd-party services with permashortlinks back to the original. It’s the model I pursue.
Tuesday, March 20th, 2018
Ward Nicholson summarizes the current state of play regarding web typography. He mentions my two go-to Adobe plugins, BalanceText and Dropcap, both of which will eventually be part of CSS.
Sunday, March 4th, 2018
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
Monday, February 12th, 2018
Good gumption. Frank Chimero expresses many thoughts I’ve had on the depressing explosion of complexity in web development. I particularly agree about being able to View Source, which is one important reason I don’t use CSS pre-processors: I want people to be able to read the CSS as I coded it, whether to know what to copy or what not to copy.
Sunday, January 21st, 2018
“A gifted mimic, he nonetheless eschews regional accents for comic effect.” Dean Allen, RIP by his friend Om Malik. I used Allen’s work to type this very link; he invented Textile, a method for writing HTML (now superceded in mindshare by John Gruber’s Markdown). See also Gruber’s and Jason Kottke’s eulogies.
Wednesday, January 17th, 2018
The blockchain is our way back to the open internet, explains Steven Berlin Johnson in this long New York Times Magazine piece.
Tuesday, December 26th, 2017
Value-Driven Business Process Management
Peter Franz & Mathias Kirchmer
Enlarging on their idea that 80–85% of process improvements come from just 15–20% of processes, the authors argue that organizations must institutionalize BPM like other now-standard departments such as accounting and human resources.
They explain the mission of such a department (effective organization-wide process improvement), the goals (to determine which processes to focus on and which techniques to use for each) and the method (a series of rubrics for evaluating).
Important though the book clearly is in the field, for me it was a slog; the prose is not crisp and the examples seem vapid — though it’s likely that for a reader more versed in the practice they would come more alive. The book does get more quotable and unabashedly enthusiastic towards the end.
Thursday, December 7th, 2017
Saturday, December 17th, 2016
At the Zapier Blog they note that AirTable, the online database builder, is the fastest-growing app. Competitors include Knack and Zoho Builder. Could be that the online database service might finally be entering public consciousness as a possibility, taking its rightful place alongside word processors and spreadsheets.
Monday, June 20th, 2016
Joel Spolsky announces the public beta of HyperDev, “a developer playground for building full-stack web-apps fast.”
Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
Nicely presented on Vimeo, Jen Simmons of The Web Ahead podcast gives a 1-hour talk on web design at a 2016 An Event Apart conference entitled Modern Layouts: Getting Out of Our Ruts. Lots of nice slides of magazine layouts, where she suggests web designers should be returning for inspiration.
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
Friday, January 8th, 2016
Goodbye, grids, I at least hardly knew ye. Ethan Marcotte, coiner of the very term responsive design, argues that a web design today should “algorithmically generate a responsive layout that best reflects the importance of the information within it.”. Yes! Another choice quote: “The breakpoints we introduce to our responsive designs aren’t tied to the shape of a device’s screen. Instead, our media queries defend the integrity of the content we’re designing.”
Sunday, January 3rd, 2016
Maciej Cegłowski is surely a genius. His article, the text version of a talk, is about website bloat, a topic important to whoever cares about the web (and increasingly as it becomes dominated by big sites I realize it’s easy to stop caring). He explains why it matters. And is funny. He makes a living with software but is also a painter. [Via Daring Fireball]
Wednesday, December 16th, 2015
Hard to say which part of this is more valuable: John Gruber interviewing the right venerable Craig Federighi on Apple’s Swift programming language or the very lengthy and insightful follow-up with John Siracusa. Daring Fireball’s The Talk Show #139.
Tuesday, December 15th, 2015
Web site heat map tool HotJar is so impressive and so is Maltese founder David Darmanin, interviewed here by Stephen Esketzis in Feb 2015.
Tuesday, December 8th, 2015
Like the author burrowed into my mind and shone a light on the murk, these thoughts about CSS are three years old now but still valuable for anyone doing front-end web development.
Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
What a delightful essay on things Melville. Beautifully-designed web site too. Juankie this one’s for you.
Friday, March 13th, 2015
Speaking of to and for me is this fine young web developer with a penchant to write.
Sunday, March 4th, 2012
Taking his time, Morozov asks the right questions about Steve Jobs, comparing him first to the Bauhaus movement, then to Henry Ford. Many quotable quotes, and good comments, especially the long one from JakeH at 02/27/2012 – 7:46pm EDT.
Friday, February 10th, 2012
Nice piece by a native German speaker on Zen and the art of being a programmer without going crazy or driving crazy those around you. Sorry, everyone.
Monday, February 6th, 2012
Thursday, January 12th, 2012
Nice post by the always sensible Boyink re taking on a failed project.
Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
Friday, April 8th, 2011
“Self-Taught Programmers vs CS-Educated Programmers” rings true and echoes out to education in general.
Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
Friday, October 15th, 2010
Monday, October 4th, 2010
Engaging.net’s powerful ExpressionEngine plugin External Entries is featured in an article by Aaron Lax at Paper Tiger.
Friday, August 13th, 2010
Cool — Jon Longnecker praises Engaging.net’s Nearby Entries in the first episode (at about 4:10) of their “Kick Awesome Show”!
Saturday, July 24th, 2010
Another excellent piece by Andy Rutledge, an admonition/checklist for being a professional designer/developer.
Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
Monday, July 19th, 2010
Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
MarsEdit 3.0 now has custom fields. Now to deploy for all clients running ExpressionEngine (er, that’s everyone).
Saturday, April 24th, 2010
Tuesday, April 13th, 2010
Thursday, March 18th, 2010
Just trying Zen Coding in TextMate. Looks like a great idea, hope it becomes a habit.
Saturday, January 30th, 2010
Sikuli, ingenious GUI scripting. Definitely going to try it.
Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
This video of a tablet mockup makes me horny at last for a tablet computer. I’m excited for tomorrow’s Apple announcement. Guess I’ll be standing in line to buy one as well.
Thursday, January 7th, 2010
Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
Thursday, December 24th, 2009
Friday, December 4th, 2009
Andy Rutledge wisely instructs us that when calculating the hours required to do a job, the nature of the client is a real factor.
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009