Web Design Weekly #66


Design Salary Guide

Since 2001 Coroflot has collected and reported salary information from tens of thousands of design and creative professionals around the world. A great resource to use in your own salary negotiations or as a resource when building your team. (coroflot.com)

Hot in web standards: September/October 2012

Lea Verou explains the latest developments at the W3C including the new W3C Dev Relations initiative, WebPlatform.org, the speech API proposal and the Test The Web Forward event. (netmagazine.com)

Bugs and tricks any Senior Frontend Web Developer should know (andrespagella.com)

Please Stop “Fixing” Font Smoothing (usabilitypost.com)

The CSS Future is Now (lukew.com)



At An Event Apart in San Francisco, Jen Simmons walked through new capabilities coming to the web and their impact in her presentation – HTML5 APIs Will Change the Web: And Your Designs. As always, Luke Wroblewski took some great notes for all of us who were not there to enjoy. Thanks Luke! (lukew.com)

Mobile Design Typography is Vitally Important & Challenging

One of the emerging challenges for web designers is creating web typography that works in the mobile environment as well. But it can be difficult, and there are many things to consider. The keys are to focus on readability, contrast, space and responsiveness. (tympanus.net)

Mobile first: the revolution is well under way

A little over a year ago, David Storey wrote a post about how countries in Africa were at the foothills of a mobile web revolution. This post looks at what progress has been made since then, and what the trends look like going forward. (generatedcontent.org)

Learn by breaking stuff

Developer, HTML5 Doctor, author and educator Remy Sharp chats to Tanya Combrinck about how he founded Left Logic, why teaching is so important to him and what he has planned for the next five years. (netmagazine.com)

Why “ems”?

Chris Coyier has an open mind when it comes to developing and that’s why he is an awesome developer. In this very clear post, Chris explains why he switched over to using ’ems’ instead of ‘px’ for font sizing. (css-tricks.com)

Proving your worth as a self-taught developer (pamelafox.org)

CSS things that don’t occupy space (impressivewebs.com)

Tools / Resources

Remote Preview

Remote Preview allows you to preview any URL on a large number of mobile devices simultaneously. Just enter a URL, hit Enter and a new URL gets automatically loaded on each device. Works on platforms like Android, Blackberry, iOS, Maemo, Meego, Symbian, Windows Phone and WebOS. (github.com)


Hammer is a web development tool that helps you speed up your workflow. It assists you building out static HTML sites quickly and easily. (hammerformac.com)

Useful talks and videos from web design conferences (smashingmagazine.com)

Great collection of performance-oriented slide decks (w3.org)

Unheap – A tidy collection of jQuery plugins (unheap.com)


CreativeMornings Video: Jason Santa Maria

In this honest and insightful presentation Jason talks about “Saying NO”. Do yourself a favor and take the time to watch this great talk. (vimeo.com)

Early sketches from the web’s finest

Have you ever wondered what others’ sketches look like? When designers put pen to paper the results are quite different. This nice post on the LayerVault blog features some early Campaign Monitor, Instagram and Google work. (layervault.com)

Before & After Redesigns of Popular Design Blogs (speckyboy.com)

100,000 Stars (chromeexperiments.com)


Front End Engineer at Lanyrd

We’re looking for an enthusiastic front-end web engineer to join our team. Although the role is front-end focused, being happy working with Django templating is a bonus and having an in-depth and thorough understanding of JavaScript is essential. (lanyrd.com)

Bearded Studio are hiring a web developer

You are neither a ninja, nor a rockstar. You are totally into the web, and love building this stuff. You take pride in the craft of software. You love solving problems and working with an awesome team. (bearded.com)

Last But Not Least…

The Useless Web (theuselessweb.com)

Responsive Cat (roxik.com)