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Web Design Weekly #130

Trent Walton passes on some great thoughts about how we should be considering maximum reach even if out final results are a little underwhelming. Sass 3.3 dropped. Chris Coyier blogged about a cool icon system with SVG sprites. Hugo Giraudel explores error handling in Sass. TJ VanToll looks at jQuery on mobile devices. Enjoy.

Your own device lab today

During the last few years there has been no shortage of devices being released to the market. For us this was a new challenge and we all stepped up to the plate by adding device specific media queries to our stylesheets.

This was possible in “the good old days”…

Web Design Weekly #129

Peter Gasston give a great overview on the future of Custom Elements. Hugo Giraudel explores was to set you your Sass architecture. Mark Otto updated his handy code guide. Paul Lewis shared his process for doing performance audits. Robin Hawkes blogged about all the lessons learnt during the development of ViziCities and loads more. Enjoy.

Sass 3.3 is Released

After ironing out a bunch of bugs in numerous release candidates, we’re finally ready to release Sass 3.3.0, codename Maptastic Maple, for public consumption.

To get things rocking on your end all you need to do is hop into the terminal and run:

gem update sass

Massive props to all the contributors!

Web Design Weekly #128

The talented team at GitHub have released a new text editor called Atom. The Chrome team announced that Responsive images are coming. Ben Frain looked into CSS performance. Kyle Peatt dived into the off-canvas pattern. Rachet 2 was released and Paul Irish looked into some CSS performance tips.

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!

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