Since the last newsletter issue, we launched our latest eBook “The WebP Manual” by Jeremy Wagner. If you want to understand this new image format, it is a great way to quickly get up to speed.
We have a whole list of upcoming books here at Smashing Magazine, with many exciting things lined up for you, starting with the Smashing Book 6 in September. One way to get your hands on all of the e-books as they are released is to become a Smashing Member, and we are very excited today as we are very nearly at 1,000 Members! Members help us to keep creating top-notch content for professional designers and developers, and also to work with upcoming writers and speakers, bringing new voices to our community.
We would love for you to join us — you can check out what is upcoming for Members later in this email.
— Rachel (@rachelandrew)
Table of Contents
- How To Get To Know A Legacy Codebase
- Invaluable Web Dev Cheatsheets
- A Memory Game To Train Your Typographic Eye
- Figures In The Sky
- On Building Accessible Toggle Switches
- SmashingConf New York Is Coming
- Free Email Design System For Sketch
- CSS Duotone Generator
- Upcoming In Smashing Membershp
- Upcoming Workshops With Vitaly Friedman
In his latest blog post, Harry Robert’s shares his tips on how to get to know a legacy codebase and make sense of it. A good roadmap that’ll take you through the unfamiliar code jungle safely — from seeing what breaks, to setting up regression tests, and understanding how things originally came together. (cm)
A great cheatsheet can be a real timesaver, and we all evidently appreciate one. Well, Devhints is another one you can add to your collection: A treasure chest for any developer brought to you by Rico Sta. Cruz. (cm)
Recognizing different styles of fonts is one of the most challenging parts of typography. To help you train your eyes for even the smallest details, Matej Latin created the Font Memory Game. (cm)
In her interactive, dataviz-driven story “Figures in the Sky,” Nadieh Bremer gives us a deeper look into how current and past cultures across the world have seen their myths in the stars’ constellations — from the Western, to the Chinese, Maori, and even Aztec cultures. Fascinating! (cm)
Toggle switches are nothing new, but what if you want to build a two-option switch that explicitly states which state is enabled? One that is accessible, too?
Sara Soueidan tinkered with the idea and now wrote up her approach and how she got to it in a comprehensive blog post. A good read with lots valuable lessons learned and things to keep in mind. (cm)
You might have heard about our live sessions conference last month in Toronto? It was a big success, and in New York we will be doing a few live sessions, too. Exciting!
Come and see Sara Soueidan, Dan Mall, Debbie Millman, Sarah Drasner and so many others speak at the New World Stages. Here’s the full speakers line-up.
Tickets to SmashingConf New York 2018 are now available — grab yours before it’s gone!
Enjoy two days packed with knowledge, lunch sessions, and a great rooftop party! Make your SmashingConf more memorable by adding a full-day workshop and save $100.
Design systems help us keep consistency in a project even when different designers are working on it. But what about emails? After all, you’ll want to keep the different kinds of emails you send out to your users to look consistent, too. For that purpose, Lee Munroe created a free email design system for Sketch. (cm)
9. Upcoming In Smashing Membership
Smashing Membership helps us to keep the site alive and go ad-free. Every Member makes a difference, and get valuable content from it, too!
- Smashing Book 6: We are releasing “Designing For Audio UIs and Watches” by Greg Nudelman and “Accessibility in SPAs” by Marcy Sutton at the end of this week!
- We’ll be releasing the SmashingConf Toronto videos, with live interactive sessions on everything from designing live to auditing third-party scripts live.
- Smashing TV: Webinars on how to improve UI performance and how to set up a proper product roadmap.
We are very grateful for the kind and generous support of 998 members! You can become one of us, as well. ;-)
10. Upcoming Workshops With Vitaly Friedman
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