Further Reading on SmashingMag:
- A Guide To Building SVG Maps From Natural Earth Data
- Tools And Resources For Editing, Converting And Optimizing SVGs
- When 24/7/365 Fails: Turning Off Work On Weekends
- I rarely recommend conferences here, but this free online conference might be interesting for some of you: Sustainable UX, with topics on doing meaningful, sustainable work.
Concept & Design
- Google and Monotype created a full typeface for all the world’s written and spoken languages: Noto.
HTML & SVG
- This guide to making SVG maps with MapShaper shows where to find geographic map resources, how to modify them, and, finally, how to export and use them as SVG.
- Mike Riethmuller shows that SVG has more potential than we tend to think and how it provides clever solutions to everyday use cases.
- Heydon Pickering wrote the probably shortest and smallest CSS grid framework possible: Fukol, a Flexbox grid that weighs in at only 93 bytes.
- Matt Hinchliffe explains how CSS grid layout will change the way we develop layouts.
Work & Life
- I wrote a medium-length piece on how important it is to take proper vacation time regularly to relax your body and mind.
- This week is Geek Mental Health Week, and I feel it’s important to listen to the stories that people who suffer from mental problems have to tell. Sarah Parmenter, for example, shares her experience of losing her mum and her grandparents and how she looked for professional help to improve her situation.
- Bastian Allgeier shares his thoughts on why you should choose tools that fit best into a project and that you feel confident working with instead of considering frameworks and tools just because they’re cool.
- “Why’s that company so big? I could do that in a weekend” is something we tend to say easily when we look at a company’s product and its team. But Dan Luu shares why we think that way and why we’re wrong.
- Farhad Manjoo sums up how Mailchimp succeeded as a company and how they built a sustainable business model without any venture capital and without following the usual start-up path.
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