With the holidays almost here and the new year already in sight, December is a time to slow down, an occasion to reflect and plan ahead. To help us escape the everyday hectic for a bit and sweeten our days with a delightful little surprise each day up to Christmas, the web community has assembled some fantastic advent calendars this year. They cater for a daily dose of web design and development goodness with stellar articles, inspiring experiments, and even puzzles to solve.
Further Reading on SmashingMag:
- Blooming Colors And A Bit Of Magic: April Wallpapers1
- Creative Calendar Designs2
- 50 Remarkable Nature Wallpapers3
To make the choice of which ones to follow a bit easier, we collected a selection of advent calendars in this Quick Tip for you. No matter if you’re a front-end dev, UX designer, or content strategist, we’re certain you’ll find something to inspire you for the upcoming year. So prepare yourself a nice cup of coffee, cozy up in your favorite chair and, well, enjoy!
24 Ways Link
Already in its 12th year, 24 Ways4 is a real classic under the advent calendars for the web community. Each day up to Christmas, it caters for a daily dose of web design and development goodness by some of the most renown minds in the web industry.
Christmas Experiments Link
12 Devs Of Christmas Link
You probably know the “12 Days Of Christmas” song. But do you also know 12 Devs Of Christmas8? If not, make sure to check it out — there’s a new article with exciting new thoughts and ideas from the web dev world waiting each day.
Performance Calendar Link
24 Pull Requests Link
“Giving back little gifts of code for Christmas.” That’s the credo of 24 Pull Requests12. The idea is to get involved and contribute to the open-source projects we have benefited from this year — by improving documentation, fixing issues, improving code quality, etc.
Jens Grochtdreis’ Advent Calendar 2016 Link
Web Advent Calendar Link
Content Strategy Advent Calendar Link
Here’s one for the content strategists amongst you: The 2016 Content Strategy Advent Calendar20 by GatherContent publishes a video a day until Christmas, in which content strategy experts share their advice, talk about their hot content topics and reveal their focus for 2017.
Remy Sharp’s December Thoughts Link
24 Days In December Link
The PHP family shares their thoughts in a daily article over on 24 Days In December24. The article covers a wide range of topics related to PHP: from security to performance to techniques to workflow to tooling!
Advent Of Code Link
Perl 6 Advent Calendar Link
The advent calendar of the open-source machine emulator and virtualizer Qemu31 hosts a collection of Qemu disk images — from operating systems (old and new) to custom demos and neat algorithms — that you can run in the emulator.
AWS Advent Link
AWS Advent33 explores all things related to Amazon Web Services. You’ll find a wide range of article about security, deployment strategy and general tips and techniques to be aware of when using Amazon Web Services.
Did We Forget Anything? Link
Do you follow along an advent calendar this year? Maybe it’s in French or Russian, rather than English? Let us know about your favorites in the comments below!
- 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2017/03/desktop-wallpaper-calendars-april-2017/
- 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/creative-calendar-designs/
- 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/07/50-remarkable-nature-wallpapers/
- 4 https://24ways.org/
- 5 https://24ways.org/
- 6 http://christmasexperiments.com/experiments
- 7 http://christmasexperiments.com/experiments
- 8 http://12devsofxmas.co.uk/
- 9 http://12devsofxmas.co.uk/
- 10 http://calendar.perfplanet.com/2016/
- 11 http://calendar.perfplanet.com/2016/
- 12 https://24pullrequests.com/
- 13 https://24pullrequests.com/
- 14 http://grochtdreis.de/advent-2016/index_en.php
- 15 http://grochtdreis.de/advent-2016/index_en.php
- 16 http://uxmas.com/
- 17 http://uxmas.com/
- 18 http://web.advent.today/
- 19 http://web.advent.today/
- 20 https://gathercontent.com/advent-calendar
- 21 https://gathercontent.com/advent-calendar
- 22 https://remysharp.com/2016#december
- 23 https://remysharp.com/2016#december
- 24 https://24daysindecember.net/
- 25 https://24daysindecember.net/
- 26 http://adventofcode.com/
- 27 http://adventofcode.com/
- 28 https://perl6advent.wordpress.com/
- 29 http://www.perladvent.org/2016/
- 30 https://perl6advent.wordpress.com/
- 31 http://www.qemu-advent-calendar.org/2016/
- 32 http://www.qemu-advent-calendar.org/2016/
- 33 https://www.awsadvent.com/
- 34 https://www.awsadvent.com/
- 35 http://sysadvent.blogspot.com/
- 36 http://sysadvent.blogspot.com/
- 37 https://www.flickr.com/photos/littlestuffme/8961739529
- 38 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/