Web Design Weekly #19



Goodbye time. Hello data and value.

Oli Studholme considers all the pros and cons of the removal of the <time> element.


Useful Coding Tools For Web Developers

Everyone who is a regular Smashing Magazine reader will know that they have a traditional habit of regularly researching the latest resources, tools and services out there on the Web. Another epic post! (smashingmagazine.com)

Yahoo! Announces Cocktails – Shaken, Not Stirred (developer.yahoo.com)

Don’t Give Your Users Shit Work (zachholman.com)

A Call for ::nth-everything (css-tricks.com)

jQuery ThemeRoller for Mobile (jquerymobile.com)


Mobile Web Content Adaptation Techniques

This article will help you pick from amongst the many techniques for building a mobile website. It doesn’t describe how to do it, rather it instead tries to help you to pick the right approach. (mobiforge.com)

Expanding Text Areas Made Elegant

Neil Jenkins looks into an elegant and efficient expanding text area that works just as well in modern mobile browsers as on the desktop. Happy hacking! (alistapart.com)

Are TextMate and Coda Yesterday’s Editors?

With TextMate 2 and Coda 2 on the near horizon, can they compete, or are they too late to the next inning? The editor wars have begun. (tutsplus.com)

The Developer’s Guide to Mobile Frameworks

Mobile application consultant Jonathan Stark, author of two iPhone and Android development books, explains his process for determining the best development approach for an app and discusses the best tools available right now. (netmagazine.com)

Offline Web Applications, we’re not there yet.

Being able to use applications offline is an important feature in the quest for native like (mobile) web apps. The offline mechanisms currently available are indexedDB and appcache. Developers who’ve already used the latter know that it’s at least clumsy, and sometimes useless. If you haven’t, Louis Remihere explains. (louisremi.com)

Dark Patterns: Deception vs. Honesty in UI Design (alistapart.com)

Remote Usability Testing on Mobile Devices (blog.mailchimp.com)

An Introduction to Grids in Web Design (designfestival.com)

What We Don’t Know (css-tricks.com)

Gmail’s new look (gmailblog.blogspot.com)

Tools / Resources


Fonts Every Designer Should Own

This post pulls together a mix of font styles that will suit a variety of projects, including serif, sans-serif, slab-serif and a couple of script fonts. (spoongraphics.co.uk)

Animatable: A CSS transitions gallery

Animatable is a gallery of basic transitions. It’s aim is to show how different animatable properties look when they transition and to broaden our horizons about which properties can be animated. Great work by Lea Verou! (leaverou.github.com)

CSS Background: There’s More To Know Than You Think (vanseodesign.com)

Essential Photoshop tools for web design (netmagazine.com)


Founders talk – Vitaly Friedman

Vitaly Friedman, Founder of Smashing Magazine, joins Adam Stacoviak to talk about the beginnings of Smashing Magazine, taking chances, not being copyable, experimenting to find what works, supporting the community, developing content, paying writers, developing publishing principles and philosophies and also shares a bit about what’s next on the horizon for him and his team. (5by5.tv)

Fluid & Responsive Designs (webdesignerwall.com)

Last But Not Least…

Wow – A Sticky Thing!