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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!

Modern Medicine1
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.

Is software like medicine?2

“Testing For Dummies”
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 Design3
A while ago Brad Frost wrote a tutorial about creating a mobile-first Responsive website4. 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 Cederholm5
Here’s an extensive portrait and interview with Dan Cederholm, (the creator of Dribbble6) 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.

Dan Cederholm7

Cache compressed? Or uncompressed?8
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.

Asymmetric competition9
Mobilism started publishing all of the conference talks as full videos. Here are the talks by Horace Dediu, , PPK10, the one by Greg Schechter and Eugene Goldin11 (a talk about YouTube on Vimeo, ghehehe), and the one by Heiko Behrens12. 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 Request13
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).

How to use a fork14

TTMMHTM: Batman helps kids with cancer, NIN nostalgia, future friendly things and love hotels15
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.

Last Click

A Brief History of John Baldessari16
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.

John Baldessari17

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For previous Smashing Daily issues, check out the Smashing Daily Archive19.


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Vasilis van Gemert is the Principal Front-end Developer at Mirabeau in The Netherlands and a board member of Fronteers. His aim is to close the gap between design and (front-end) development. He believes the excess of knowledge he has can be better used by others, by more creative and smarter people. You can follow him on Twitter.

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