Smashing Daily #19: Dots, Medicine, Compression
In this edition of The Smashing Daily there are links for people who love art, for people who like to think about software, great information about testing on mobile devices, about the UX-side of Responsive Web Design, an inspiring portrait of a Web design hero and much, much more… more than enough to read for the weekend. Enjoy!
Here’s an interesting essay by Jonathan Harris in which he compares software to medicine. An interesting comparison and a great base for a long philosophical essay, but unfortunately he draws some rather far-fetched, easy conclusions. He argues that because some software can be addictive we need some kind of regulator, just like we need regulators for medicine. I’m not sure if I completely agree with what he says there (are there any softwares out there that are as dangerous as some prescription drugs?). I’m not sure if I agree with some of the other parts, but still, it’s a very interesting read with some good insights on ethics and good food for thought.
“Testing For Dummies3”
So you thought testing for all those different desktop browsers was hard? Try mobile. Here’s an extensive article about the testing process that people at the BBC Responsive News use. A great and complex read.
“Anatomy of a Mobile-First Responsive Web Design4”
A while ago Brad Frost wrote a tutorial about creating a mobile-first Responsive website5. This was mainly a technical article, but one of the more interesting things about Responsive Design—apart from the technology, are the UX considerations. He explains them, component by component, in this great article.
“The Great Discontent: Dan Cederholm6”
Here’s an extensive portrait and interview with Dan Cederholm, (the creator of Dribbble7) about design, his life and all of the great things he’s done. A long read but definitely worth your time… this man does great things.
“Cache compressed? Or uncompressed?9”
Without Steve Souders the Web would be at least twice as slow as it is today, the man does some truly groundbreaking research. Here’s a question he tries to answer in this article: “If a response is compressed, does the browser save it compressed or uncompressed?“. Substantial knowledge.
Mobilism started publishing all of the conference talks as full videos. Here are the talks by Horace Dediu, , PPK11, the one by Greg Schechter and Eugene Goldin12 (a talk about YouTube on Vimeo, ghehehe), and the one by Heiko Behrens13. If you haven’t been to the conference you should probably try to find the time to watch these movies. There’s much more coming up.
“How to GitHub: Fork, Branch, Track, Squash and Pull Request14”
Here’s a great tutorial for people who understand the basics of Git but who now want to actively contribute to projects on GitHub. You’ll learn how to Fork, Branch, Track, Squash and how to make a Pull Request. You too will read this one day (and I will too).
“TTMMHTM: Batman helps kids with cancer, NIN nostalgia, future friendly things and love hotels16”
Do you want some more to read for the weekend? Here’s a nice collection of rather random links by Christian Heilmann in his irregular TTMMHTM series.
“A Brief History of John Baldessari17”
Here’s a nice inspiring film about John Baldessari who once made a film of his hand writing the lines “I will not make any more boring art” in a notebook. He has since made even more beautiful and inspiring works of art. This short film is narrated by Tom Waits which somehow makes it sound extremely cool. There’s a good chance that you might find this inspiring. Baldessari offers some clever tips at the end.
- 1 http://farmerandfarmer.org/medicine/index.html
- 2 http://farmerandfarmer.org/medicine/index.html
- 3 http://mobiletestingfordummies.tumblr.com/post/20056227958/testing
- 4 http://bradfrostweb.com/blog/mobile/anatomy-of-a-mobile-first-responsive-web-design/
- 5 http://www.html5rocks.com/en/mobile/responsivedesign/
- 6 http://thegreatdiscontent.com/dan-cederholm
- 7 http://dribbble.com/
- 8 http://thegreatdiscontent.com/dan-cederholm
- 9 http://www.stevesouders.com/blog/2012/03/27/cache-compressed-or-uncompressed/
- 10 https://vimeo.com/42689537
- 11 https://vimeo.com/42589185
- 12 https://vimeo.com/42825995
- 13 https://vimeo.com/42738029
- 14 https://gun.io/blog/how-to-github-fork-branch-and-pull-request/
- 15 https://gun.io/blog/how-to-github-fork-branch-and-pull-request/
- 16 http://christianheilmann.com/2012/03/29/ttmmhtm-batman-helps-kids-with-cancer-nin-nostalgia-future-friendly-things-and-love-hotels/
- 17 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eU7V4GyEuXA&feature=player_embedded
- 18 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eU7V4GyEuXA&feature=player_embedded
- 19 www.smashingmagazine.com/the-smashing-daily-archive/
- 20 www.smashingmagazine.com/the-smashing-daily-archive/