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Web Design Weekly #72

This is the first issue for 2013 after a little break over Christmas. The break was great, but I’m super psyched to be back and creating the newsletters again. I think I went a little over the top this week, but it was hard not too with so many great links. Ian Hickson was interviewed by Bruce Lawson. Issue 4 of the great Offscreen was released along so many more great articles and resources. Enjoy.

The Aim for 2013

It’s already nearing the second week of the New Year and it’s already feeling like just another week. The best thing about the start of the year though is that the attention to goals is at the forefront of everybody’s minds. I have many personal goals that I would like to achieve this year, but nowhere near as many as I have for Web Design Weekly (WDW). Hopefully I am not biting off more than I can chew!

From what started off as a tiny side project whilst hanging out in a co-working space seems to have slowly taken over every spare minute of my time. I couldn’t be happier.

Creating the WDW Email in Campaign Monitor

A quick introduction into how I create the Web Design Weekly Email using the Campaign Monitor app.

Quickly discusses the use of the Campaign Monitor template language with focus on repeaters. Take a look at the Web Design Weekly email code on GitHub and then create an email using the Campaign Monitor app.

Find Web Design Jobs Online

Late last week an article I wrote was published on the awesome Smashing Magazine site – Preparing For A Front-End Job Interview. The article explores ways to help you prepare for job interviews and gives some good tips to help you land your ‘dream job’. Ever since writing it, I thought some people would also be interested in finding out where the best places to look for web design jobs are. At present there are lots of popular sites that have job boards but there is definitely a select bunch which attract the ‘good’ jobs.

Each of the job boards I have listed below tend to have a knack for attracting great companies to advertise and also offer various ways to stay up to date (RSS, Email, iPhone apps, etc).

Preparing For A Front-End Job Interview

Yours truly:

Preparing for an interview as a front-end developer is hard. There is no “standard” interview, and what was relevant last year might no longer be relevant today. To make the process even more complicated, each company has its own way of interviewing prospective employees, its own desired skill set and its own duties for the incoming developer.

The interview process could be quick or drawn out. The process is out of your control, so don’t stress out too much about it. As long as you have given yourself the best possible chance of landing the job, that’s all you can do.
One thing to keep in mind: don’t be afraid to apply. Some job advertisements are worded to scare off some applicants and attract only the best of the best. If the job appeals to you and you meet the essential requirements, why not apply?

I wrote my first article for Smashing Magazine a little while ago. It’s now live.

Around friends and family using older browsers?

Addy Osmani:

If you’re around friends and family using older browsers this year, why not take a few minutes out to help them upgrade to an evergreen browser? Evergreen browsers are browsers with an automatic upgrade path (e.g Chrome, Firefox and Opera) and will mean that they can enjoy the best the web has to offer and avoid broken browser experiences in the future.

Just updating the family laptop. I hope you are as well…

Web Design Weekly #71

Last newsletter of the year but still packed with goodness. Chris Coyier and Paul Irish wrapped dived into animation performance. Lea Verou reports on the latest happening in the web standards area. CodePen released Pro accounts. Sencha took on Facebook and loads more.

SitePoint Podcast – The End

In this, the very last episode of the SitePoint Podcast, the extended panel of hosts and producers take a reminisce through their memories of the four years doing the podcast, what it has meant to them and how they will look back on it.

Thanks to all that shared their knowledge and helped me become a better developer. I was a big fan of the SitePoint Podcast. Sad to see it go, but I also feel like it was the right decision.

Dive into Flexbox

Greg Smith:

Authors have long been using tables, floats, inline-blocks, and other CSS properties to lay out their site content. However, none of these tools were designed for the complex webpages and webapps we are making nowadays. Simple things like vertical centering require work. Complex things like flexible grid layouts are so hard that it’s considered ambitious to roll your own, hence the success of CSS grid frameworks. Still, if so many projects needs to do these things, why can’t it just be easy? Flexbox aims to change all that.

Its going to be great to see this take over the internet in the not to distant future. If you want a head start then this article by Greg will help you lead the pack.

Web Design Weekly #70

It’s getting close to Christmas but still loads of amazing things happening in the web development world. This week Divya Manian wrote about all the awesome features that are coming to CSS. WordPress 3.5 dropped. Joshua Cohen explains the inner workings of the real time push notifications inside the new Flickr app and loads more. Big week. Enjoy.

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