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Web Design Weekly #127

Paul Lewis gave a great insight into the new property called ‘will-change’. Chris Coyier covered how SVG line animations work. Daniel Mall dived into what Creative Direction means in a digital context. Some awesome tools were also released like PNG Hat, FontPrep and Recordit. A it was a big week!

Web Design Weekly #126

Jordan Lewis from Envato wrote about some of the solutions they have put in place to progressively convert the Marketplaces to be responsive. Joel Hooks wrote gave a good argument on why you should stop writing loops and start using Underscore.js. Eric Mann put a proposal together for an editor to work offline with WordPress. Adam Kaplan create a very basic easy to follow guide for responsive design. Yelp released a front-end style guide and more.

Web Design Weekly #125

Ilya Grigorik dives into the optimisation of web fonts. Hans Christian Reinl explores the downsides of placing CSS in your HTML head instead of referencing external files. Hugo Giraudel dives into Sass mixin’s and placeholders. Anna Debenham goes into detail on why you should build design systems and pattern libraries for your projects and so much more. Enjoy!

Respond Recap

During Web Directions South 2013 I noticed an interesting twitter conversation between John Allsopp and Ethan Marcotte. Unfortunately I don’t have the patience to find that conversation but the general gist was Ethan wishing John all the best for the conference and dropping the hint that he would one day love to come to Australia.

I had a little inkling that maybe he might be out for a future Web Directions South, but to my surprise, and many others, John and Maxine, the team behind the Web Directions conferences, decided to mash together a one-of-a-kind (maybe there will be another??) conference focusing on Responsive Web Design. Oh boy, did they pull together an awesome lineup!

Spirit

Jeremy Keith:

Every so often, some smart, talented web designers will bemoan the lack of recognition afforded to their craft, industry, work. They wish for the same level of respect that architects or film-makers get, or for the iconic status given to the best of the advertising world’s output in decades past.

Be careful what you wish for, I say. Not only are these the same industries that are rife with horrible business practices like spec work, they are notoriously unfair when it comes to praising individual achievement over the efforts of the group. Worst of all, the proliferation of high-profile awards leads to the practice of producing “award-winning work” i.e. work designed purely to win awards.

I’ve had the same thoughts for sometime, but never had the guts to express them. Thanks Jeremy!

Web Design Weekly #124

The first round of speakers have been released for CSSConf Australia and it is set to be an amazing day. Tammy Everts wrote about why design best practices become a performance issue. Sara Soueidan continued the hot topic of why CSS Regions matter. Chris Coyier looked into what it’s like to be a front-end developer. Bootstrap and Nomalize were updated and more. Enjoy.

Web Design Weekly #123

The guys at Trello explained how they optimised the app in one week. Viljami Salminen shares some basic things he has learnt during his years as a developer which will hopefully help you dive into the world of plain JavaScript. Dan Trello wrote about some was to write cleaner BEM syntax. Paul Lewis chimes in on the “do you need a Computer Science degree” debate and so much more.

Web Design Weekly #122

Headlines The Technology Behind the NYTimes.com Redesign The NYTimes team had the opportunity to re-architect the client- and server-side in order to accommodate new product, design and newsroom requirements. This article looks at how things are setup in detail behind the scenes. (nytimes.com) Bootstrap for Sass — Official port of Bootstrap to Sass (github.com) Download […]

Bulletproof Accessible Icon Fonts

Zach Leatherman:

Care must be taken when implementing icon fonts to ensure a great experience for all users. What happens when your font doesn’t load? What happens when @font-face isn’t supported in the browser?

Another very informative article with a nice easy-to-include library.

Web Design Weekly #121

Nicolas Gallagher blogged about Flexible CSS cover images, Jeff Croft had a great article about how Web Standards killed the HTML star, Nick Fisher discussed a technique that SoundCloud use for their images, Ian Feather explained why the Lonely Planet team switched from icon fonts to SVG and loads more. Enjoy!

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