Web Design Weekly #123


CSS Regions Considered Harmful

The web needs good authoring tools and Adobe can make them. But CSS Regions, as currently proposed, will not improve the web. Rather, it brings presentational tags, verbose code, and per-document stylesheets. (alistapart.com)

Great front-end performance case study from Trello (fogcreek.com)

75 Free Stock Photos

Looking for images to use in your marketing campaigns or website? Grab these 75 free stock photos — no royalties, no fees, no worries! (hubspot.com)


A Dive Into Plain JavaScript

Viljami Salminen shares some of the basic things he has learnt during his years as a developer which will hopefully help you to dive into the world of plain JavaScript, making it easier to decide whether or not you will need jQuery in your next project. (adtile.me)

Sassier (BE)Modifers

Dan Tello who is a front-end developer at Vigent has some good points on ways to write cleaner BEM syntax. (viget.com)


Paul Lewis chimes in on the “do you need a Computer Science degree” debate with some very good points. A nice short entertaining article. (aerotwist.com)

More than anyone needs to know about word-break & break-word (miketaylr.com)

Avoiding anonymous JavaScript functions (toddmotto.com)

Tools / Resources

Site Speed

An open source tool that helps you analyse and optimise your website speed and performance, based on performance best practices rules and collecting browser metrics using the Navigation Timing API and User Timings. (sitespeed.io)

The Pattern Library

A handy site that collects patterns shared by talented designers for you to use freely in your designs. (thepatternlibrary.com)

Squarespace Logo

Squarespace Logo helps anyone create a simple logo on their own. Logos can be comprised of a few basic elements: text, a tagline, and an icon. The logo’s are free if you are a Squarespace customer or $10 otherwise. (squarespace.com)

Fit.js — Fit things into other things (soulwire.github.io)

JavaScript — The Right Way (jstherightway.org)

Getting started with gulp (markgoodyear.com)

Flexbox for forms (germanforblack.com)


Respond Conference

An awesome looking conference featuring Ethan Marcotte, Brad Frost and Jason Grigsby! Use the code “WDW” to give yourself $100 off either a workshop or the conference – so $499 each, instead of $599! (webdirections.org)

Why Designers Leave

Sometimes, a designer finds himself or herself working somewhere that is doing well, that has ample learning opportunities, that is wide open for impact. In such circumstances, why would a designer leave? (medium.com)

What you need to know before giving a face to your project (medium.com)

Mind blowing demo by Simurai — The Letter Heads (simurai.com)


Front End Developer (London)

We’re looking for a Front End Developer to join our 8 man dev team in central London. You’ll be working with AngularJS, HTML5, responsive designs, Rails and other exciting technologies. Passion required, ideally perm, but will consider contractors too. (econsultancy.com)

Last But Not Least…

Front-end Choice Paralysis

A problem we regularly face in this industry is an abundance of choice. We have a plethora of tools, frameworks, languages, abstractions and platforms. Choice is ultimately good for competition and innovation however, when faced with too many choices, we can feel paralysis. (the-pastry-box-project.net)

The web has outgrown the browser (andyet.com)