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Smashing Daily #39: Liking, Covers, Focus

Do you like The Smashing Daily? Do you really like it? Or is it just a polite reaction? What’s the use of a cover for a digital book? How much does a responsive Web design cost? Some very interesting questions, they all get answered in this weekend edition of The Smashing Daily, among many, many other things. Enjoy!


We like things all the time—we fave tweets, we like things on Facebook, we like Instagram photos, but this liking is devaluating… do you really stand still, take your time to observe a tweet, think about it, consider faving it, and then after some contemplation, decide to do so? Probably not. It’s usually an instantaneous act, almost a reaction. Naz Hamid thinks we might want to change our behavior about liking, change it to Slow Liking. I like what he has to say (and, yes, I thought about it before writing that).

CSS Hat Turns Photoshop Layer Styles To CSS3 With A Click1

Here’s a tool that might help you turn Photoshop layer styles into usable CSS. I haven’t tested it thoroughly but some basic tests I did turned out pretty well. If you think CSS Hat it too expensive, you might want to try CSS3Ps2 (which I haven’t tested yet).

CSS Hat, a Photoshop Plugin3

How Much Does A Responsive Web Design Cost?4

If you make responsive websites you probably heard this question before: How much does a responsive website cost? Brad Frost gave an excellent answer to this question. He compares the costs of doing nothing to separate mobile websites and offers some very good budget considerations. Again, an absolutely fantastic article by Mr. Frost.

Get The Look // Speaker Deck5

Here’s an interesting presentation by Sean McBride about translating classic looks (such as wooden type and magazine layouts) to the Web. Some nice CSS tricks in there.

Make Cool Stuff with Web Fonts6

Focus Enabling Design Distilled7

Tantek Çelik recently came up with the idea of Focus Enabling Design, a set of rather simple principles that make sure your interface keeps the user’s focus in the right place. Good principles to keep in mind while designing (complex) interactions!

Third-Party JavaScript Development: The Future!8

There are some very interesting things about to be implemented in browsers in the (near) future, things that give publishers more control over third-party content, third-party CSS and third-party JavaScript. Mike Pennisi wrote this excellent article about the subject with some good examples of how these techniques will work, as well as some advice on how to use them now (this advice should be outdated soon, hopefully). A very interesting read.

A Glimpse Into the Future of JavaScript9

Griddle—CSS Layout Helper10

Grids (especially responsive grids) are pretty hard to get right with CSS. Many people have tried, but I never really found the ultimate grid-system. Here’s a take on it by Nicolas Gallagher who created a SASS-based system which looks pretty clever. It might be what you’re looking for.

How CSS Handles Errors11

Tab Atkins explains exactly what browsers do when they encounter a piece of CSS that they don’t understand. A very interesting read!

Last Click

Hack The Cover12

What should we do with the cover of books in this digital age? What’s the exact function for the cover of a digital book? Craig Mod wrote this incredible essay this dives deep into the subject. Take your time, read it, be inspired and make better things. All designers should definitely read this (just like everything that Craig Mod writes, actually).

A Great Essay About Book Covers13

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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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