What’s going on in the industry? What new techniques have emerged recently? What insights, tools, tips and tricks is the web design community talking about? Anselm Hannemann1 is collecting everything that popped up over the last week in his web development reading list2 so that you don’t miss out on anything. The result is a carefully curated list of articles and resources that are worth taking a closer look at. — Ed.
You probably haven’t bought your Christmas presents yet. Usually we feel the need to buy a gift for friends and family. It often lets us buy random stuff that is often of no real value. Turning this around, I started to enjoy the evening with a hand-made dinner, small hand-made gifts and enough time for the loved ones. So far, this worked way better than any gift I’ve ever bought in a store. So don’t stress yourself if you haven’t found anything yet — time, attention and doing things together can also be a great gift. Have a nice weekend!
Further reading on Smashing:
- Reapplying Hick’s Law of Narrowing Decision Architecture3
- Advanced Navigation With Two Independent Columns4
- Takeaways From Mobile Web Behavior5
- How I Built The One Page Scroll Plugin6
- Mozilla just announced this week that they will stop developing Firefox OS8 for Smartphones. It’s sad to hear the news since Firefox OS has brought us many new web technology APIs but it’s also understandable that it had no opportunity chances among the big players.
- As PHP 7 is out now and many providers already support it (it cut my response time by half on wdrl.info), here are some of the best resources to learn more12 about the new version.
Concepts & Design Link
- In many cases we’re just using icons because they look nice and could replace text. But we barely know how simplicity in icons plays a vital role for a good experience13.
- There are so many things to take care of these days that we sometimes are not aware how much impact something has. But we should really not underestimate the leak of credentials14. An article explains the worst things that can easily happen, how severe it is, and what you have to do if it happened to you.
CSS / Sass Link
- This is probably the most minimal16 (~157 bytes) CSS grid system for modern browsers, using Flexbox.
- Dave Rupert shares his approach of having intrinsic placeholders17 with the <picture> element.
- Typekit published a practical guide on Open Type features18 on the web. It’s telling us when we should use certain features and when to not use some of them. A pretty good hands-on guide with good live-examples.
Work & Life Link
- Kai Brach has written about the challenges and importance of doing meaningful work19. And we’re experiencing that having a personal touch around what you do is what people want to hear. Because we have an overload of information, we are in need of an opinion of someone we trust.
- Corey Vilhauer gives some advice for everyone out there to personally feel better20 and live a better live without changing much. You just need to adjust your mindset and remember yourself to re-frame things properly.
Go beyond… Link
- We’re now in an interesting time where we can read bold statements from people like Arnold Schwarzenegger about our environment21, sustainability and the need to change something. I love the fact that more and more well-known people find proper words to describe the problem in an understandable way while politics often still fail on that.
- Now, if you’re up for doing something small to reduce your impact on the environment22, here are a few great tips to do that.
And with that I’ll close for this week. If you like what I write each week, please support me with a donation23 or share this resource with other people. You can learn more about the costs of the project here24. It’s available via e-mail, RSS and online.
Thanks and all the best,
- 1 /author/anselm-hannemann/?rel=author
- 2 https://wdrl.info/
- 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2012/02/redefining-hicks-law/
- 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2015/08/from-russia-with-love-behind-the-scenes-of-the-kremlin-ru-responsive-redesign/#two-independent-columns-generate-a-lot-of-interesting-new-ways-to-interact-with-the-content
- 5 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2015/10/takeaways-mobile-web-behavior/
- 6 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2014/08/how-i-built-the-one-page-scroll-plugin/
- 7 https://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2015/12/05/open-source-chakra-core/
- 8 http://techcrunch.com/2015/12/08/mozilla-will-stop-developing-and-selling-firefox-os-smartphones/
- 9 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/chakra-kangax-opt.png
- 10 https://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2015/12/05/open-source-chakra-core/
- 11 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/chakra-kangax-opt.png
- 12 https://www.phptoday.org/php7
- 13 http://tubikstudio.com/iconic-simplicity-the-vital-role-of-icons/
- 14 https://github.com/ChALkeR/notes/blob/master/Do-not-underestimate-credentials-leaks.md
- 15 http://bytearcher.com/articles/does-taking-a-callback-make-a-function-asynchronous/
- 16 https://github.com/IonicaBizau/gridly
- 17 http://daverupert.com/2015/12/intrinsic-placeholders-with-picture/
- 18 http://practice.typekit.com/lesson/caring-about-opentype-features/
- 19 http://blog.offscreenmag.com/post/134649108556/take-your-conscience-to-work
- 20 https://the-pastry-box-project.net/corey-vilhauer/2015-december-5
- 21 https://www.facebook.com/notes/arnold-schwarzenegger/i-dont-give-a-if-we-agree-about-climate-change/10153855713574658
- 22 http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/12/03/upshot/what-you-can-do-about-climate-change.html?_r=0
- 23 https://wdrl.info/donate
- 24 https://wdrl.info/costs/