Web Design Weekly #53


The Great Discontent – Yaron Schoen

“One of the best pieces of advice I can give to a designer is to be well-traveled. Design is really about people; the more you understand humans, the better you will be as a designer.”
An interview with Yaron Schoen who is currently the design lead at Twitter. This one is a firecracker, enjoy! (thegreatdiscontent.com)

Safari 6 arrives, bringing Web Audio API to Apple’s browser (html5audio.org)

What’s new in SASS and Compass (herokuapp.com)

Important -prefix-free update (lea.verou.me)

The new stuff in JS Bin (plus.google.com)


Good design is invisible

An interview with Oliver Reichenstein, who is the founder and director of Information Architects, the Tokyo, Zurich, and Berlin-based design agency. Oliver’s work is inspirational and outstanding to say the least. An epic interview; buckle up! (theverge.com)

HTML5 Track Element

One of the more exciting developments in HTML5 video is the inclusion of the track element in the newest versions of the desktop browsers. In addition to bringing captioning and subtitle support to HTML5 video, the invisible track element allows publishers to attach a rich array of textual metadata to their videos. (longtailvideo.com)

Latency: The New Web Performance Bottleneck

Ilya Grigorik argues that:
“If we can’t make the bits travel faster, then the only way to improve the situation is to move the bits closer: place your servers closers to your users, leverage CDN’s, reuse connections where possible (TCP slow start), and of course, no bit is faster than no bit – send fewer bits.”
I say that’s a very valid argument. Great read. (igvita.com)

The Sparrow Problem

I have read most of the ramblings about Sparrow getting acquired by Google but this piece by David Barnard stands out. Well worth the read if you are interested in the business side of things. (appcubby.com)

How to measure browser graphics performance (html5rocks.com)

Why the WordPress theme customizer matters (thethemefoundry.com)

A Discussion About CSS Reusability (css-tricks.com)

Tools / Resources

Getting Good with PHP

New book by Andrew Burgess, Getting Good with PHP. The book will teach you everything you need to know about the basics of PHP. Even if you don’t have any programming experience under your belt, this easy-to-read guide will get you started with PHP in no time. (rockablepress.com)

Style Guide Guide

Elyse Holladay’s company needed a style guide. So she created the Style Guide Guide. Great concept with lots of good links and thoughts. (elyseholladay.com)

Photoshop CS6 = Better UX & Faster Productivity (webdesignerwall.com)

Hexu.al – Browser for words that make hex codes (hexu.al)

What’s your mobile device test suite? (mytestsuite.tumblr.com)

UI Cloud (ui-cloud.com)


UX is simple

A list of simple thoughts to make it simple. (mistermorris.tumblr.com)


Watch the insanely creative Kyle Steed in this beautiful time lapse video. Great to see he is taking his work to the next level. (steedtastic.com)

Krul & the untold history of the ‘Amsterdamse Krulletter’ (ilovetypography.com)

The Industry interviewed Tim Van Damme (theindustry.cc)

My Investment in Envato by Jeffrey Way (tutsplus.com)

Awesome abuse of Sass by the CSS guru (codepen.io)

Last But Not Least…

A book review in JavaScript!

This stuff is next level radness. (robinsloan.com)