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Smashing Daily #26: Retail, Gestures, Pointers

How do browsers work? How do you explain a gesture in a design? Why is performance so important? Where can you find good resources about accessibility? And what’s a cicada? These, and many more questions are answered in this edition of The Smashing Daily.

We Can All Learn From Retail? I’ll Buy That1
Here’s an excellent—though quite long—article about what we can learn from retailers when it comes to content. One easy thing you will learn when you take the time to read it is the strategy serves the organization, but the content serves the user. But there’s much, much more extremely useful information in this article. You should take your time to read it, it’s great.

Open Source Multi-touch Gesture Library and Illustrations2
Here’s a nice collection of open source gesture icons that might be handy when designing an interface for touch devices.

Free gestures3

Round-up of Web Browser Internals Resources – HTML5Rocks Updates4
Paul Irish collected some resources about the internals of Web browsers, the way browsers work, and presented them in a fancy way on this page. If you have a mouse, be sure to hover over the images. And if you’re interested in these kinds of things, be sure to click on them.

How do they work?5

Where’s the Viewport Size Data?6
So the average screen size of the average desktop computer is increasing. Some people draw conclusions from this statistic—others, like Adrian Roselli, wonder why these numbers are actually measured at all. Everybody who works on the Web knows that screen size has nothing to do with viewport size.

Screen reader demos, research and resources7
This is an impressive list of links to demos, research and other resources about accessibility, collected by Alistair Duggin. A very valuable page, you should definitely read it, study it, and bookmark it.

10 questions about Web performance—Jeremy Keith at Clearleft8
Why is Web performance so important? Jeremy Keith explains in this interview. Designers who believe that everybody using broadband should definitely read it, as well as everybody else who doesn’t think performance is part of the design process.

Jeremy Keith on performance9

Reading List 1810
If The Smashing Daily is not enough and you need more to read, you can check out this reading list by Bruce Lawson with links about standards, mobile and devices, Web biz and more. Still not enough? Here’s another reading list11.

Eric Meyer translated the ideas and examples described in the classic article The Cicada Principle and Why It Matters to Web Designers13 to CSS gradients (yes, you should read it). Nice!

View Source Bookmarklet14
Up until now there have been several hacks to view the source of a document you’re viewing on your iOs device, most of them involving a remote server, and all of them not 100% reliable. In iOs this has finaly changed, with the help of this bookmarklet by John Weis.

Last Click

Pointer Pointer15
Hilarious and addictive. Pictures of people pointing at your (mouse) pointer. Surprisingly entertaining. Want to know how it was done? Paul Irish made a video about it16 in which he explains that a Voronoi diagram was used. Yes, I also, had never heard of it before17.


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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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    “We Can All Learn From Retail? I’ll Buy That” – one of the best articles I’ve read in months. What a pleasure to see true professionals in action.


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      Vasilis van Gemert

      June 19, 2012 11:12 am

      You’ll probably enjoy the other articles on Contens Magazine too, they’re all good.


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