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Smashing Daily #6: Navigation Design Patterns, TV’s And 1337

Today in The Smashing Daily: some very important browser stats, layout patterns for responsive designers, a new device class to keep an eye on, a great article on CSS performance, and the important fact that the Unix time stamp is more nerdy than ever these days. Hope you enjoy it!

LukeW | Multi-Device Layout Patterns1
Luke Wroblewski went looking for responsive patterns from the websites presented on mediaqueri.es2. He found some rather common patterns and proposes an interesting new one.

A proposed responsive design solution3

HTML5 is not ready yet—and will never be (and that is a good thing)4
Most people who work on the Web don’t know what HTML5 is, as not everybody is a developer. These people often wonder if HTML5 is ready to use—”It’s new, so old browsers probably don’t support it” is the common thought. Christian Heilmann explains how HTML5 works by answering that question.

“CamHolder 0.2 for iPhone, Android and other mobile handsets—by Heiko Behrens”
Screenshots and screencasts are OK if you’re presenting how things work on a mobile device, but a real-time video is always better. There are ways to stream your screen from your iOs device to your computer via AirPlay, which works alright. But a better solution might be to use the CamHolder by Heiko Behrens, which not only shows iOs screens, but shows all kinds of devices… your fingers as well.

Firefox in 2011—Firefox plans for 20125
Here’s a recap of what happened in Firefox-Land in 2011 and what will happen in 2012. A good read by Robert Nyman which clearly shows that the Web has changed and continues to change rapidly.

Automating HTML5 video encodes6
For those of you who make screencasts, you know how hard it can be to export and convert your video to all necessary formats. Brett Terpstra explains how you can automate this process on your Mac. Handy!

Part of the script7

The Immobile Web / Speaker Deck8
We all agree that the mobile Web is important and we all try to provide a good experience for our mobile visitors. There’s another type of device that also might become important: smart TV’s. Jason Grigsby gave this excellent presentation at Mobilism.

Hiring a designer: how to review portfolios9
How do you hire a designer when you’re not a designer yourself? Chad Thornton has some great tips, not just for non-designers, but also for designers (and for developers, I guess, as well). You should read it if you’re looking for a job/designer.

Why you should care about CSS page performance10
Performance of your website is important. We all know that we should limit the amount of http-requests, as well as minify and gzip our stuff. But there are other forms of performance as well, like CSS performance. Doug Stewart wrote this very good introduction to CSS performance.

Unix Time Stamp11
These days, until at some random time on May 25th, the Unix Time Stamp starts with the numbers 1337.

Unix Time Stamp starts with 1337 these days12

Last Click

Chrome is Now the Most-Used Browser13
For the first time this millenium, Internet Explorer is no longer the most popular browser, according to Statcounter14. Yes, this is incredible news. Of course, these statistics vary greatly from region to region (just check the stats for China or South-Korea for instance) and from website to website (on my own website IE is marginal, around 4%), but it’s still an important milestone.

Chrome is bigger than IE15

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For previous Smashing Daily issues, check out the Smashing Daily Archive17.


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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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