This week we were joined by Lara Swanson, formerly UX manager at Dyn and now a manager of mobile web at Etsy. Lara has long been a champion of web performance, UX, and being a good front end developer.
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This show Chris and Davie are joined by Derek Featherstone, an accessibility specialist and leader of Simply Accessible, a consulting firm in Ottawa, Canada.
This week we were joined by Jeffrey Zeldman, a man who scarcely needs an introduction around these parts. In the early days of the web Jeffery was influential in pushing web standards forward and getting us to the happy place we are in now. He’s also the man behind the web magazine A List Apart, the web conference An Event Apart, and the book label A Book Apart.
This week we were joined by Laura Kalbag, a freelance designer from Surrey in the UK. She’s done some work you might be familiar with, like the “Future Of …” conference websites. Laura talks about responsive design and what it’s like being a web designer in a modern and fresh way.
This week we were joined by Brad Frost, a web designer and developer who is doing a lot these days for the responsive web design movement. He’s created things like Mobile Web Best Practices and This Is Responsive.
We talk about (roughly in order):
Q & A
- What are our go-to WordPress plugins? (these)
- Life beyond the final breakpoint
- Isn’t adaptive design better?
- How do you deal with a grid when you start with mobile first?
- Ems, rems, percentages, etc. in responsive design, including media queries. (Link about using em’s for breakpoints)
- What is a good UI/UX conference to go to?
- How do you deal with the “view desktop version | view mobile version” thing?
- Who’s responsive design would be better? Batman or Flash?
This week we were joined by Jeremy Keith, long time super genius. Jeremy works at Clearleft in what he dubs the Research & Development arm. He built Huffduffer, wrote HTML5 for Web Designers (amongst other books), and is an all around swell chap from Brighton, UK. We talk about (roughly in order):
- Crowd Favorite is hiring. Clearleft is too.
- Jen Simmons & Eric Meyer are creating The Web Behind.
Q & A
- Why is there no element? And the Scooby-Doo algorithm.
- HTML5 has a bunch of stuff in it to benefit everybody… except developers?
- Is mobile first design hindering creativity?
- Will HTML5 mobile apps ever be as efficient as Native apps? Is that the right question?
This week we were joined by Nicole Sullivan, a long time web veteran, originator of OOCSS, CSS lint, and tons more. Nicole is definitely a thought leader in the modern web development world who is often ahead of us all. We’ve watched OOCSS start out as this abstract and highly criticized concept turn into a pretty commonplace practice on large sites. We talk about (roughly in order):
- Matt Wilcox on The Responsive Images Problem
- IE 7 Tax – Company literally charging 6.8% more for products they sell online if browser is IE 7.
Q & A
- Isn’t OOCSS just moving CSS bloat into HTML bloat?
- Is there going to be a book on OOCSS?
- Recognizing when many elements have the same classes, and making a new class that @extends the old ones.
- Can you use the body element like you would a page-wrapping div?
- What tools to we suggest for validation in the modern world, especially as part of a workflow?
- How does SMACSS compare/contrast to OOCSS?
- When do you call yourself a professional designer or developer?
- How about universally setting elements to position: relative;
This week we were joined by Mat “Wilto” Marquis. He’s now a full timer at Filament group in Boston who, while doing client work (like The Boston Globe, have you heard of it?), have done some amazing open source work for the modern web (e.g. major contributions to jQuery UI and Mobile). Mat chair’s the Responsive Images Community Group and has been front in center in the work (or shall we say, #hotdrama) toward dealing with responsive images in web design. We talk about (roughly in order):
- Mike Evans: 23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?
- RWD Calc
- Coda 2
Q & A
What up with Filament’s Enhance.js (new beterness coming!) Can we as authors just choose not to use features we don’t like? I* s the RICG (the so-called “picture pushing club”) lazy? (Hint: no. Here’s a link to a recent compromise).
- Should designers now be making all sites responsive? And thus prices going up?
- How does a business like Wade’s Tree Service get decent SEO and avoid shady over-promising services?
- Can we improve the aesthetics of websites during the loading process? What up with Opera Mini?
- What is / should we always be using Progressive JPGs?
- Resources for staying on top of responsive web design: @RWD, @brad_frost