Tagged with “web design” (305)

  1. Episode 54 - Gatekeepers | The Just Problem - Relative Paths

    This week we discussed dealing with the problem of gatekeeping in the web industry, the tendency to deploy dogmatic or arbitrary standards to keep people out.

    https://relativepaths.uk/ep54-gatekeepers-and-the-just-problem

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  2. 314: Flexible Type Setting with Tim Brown - ShopTalk

    Tim Brown is our guest to talk about his new book coming soon called Flexible Typesetting from A Book Apart.

    http://shoptalkshow.com/episodes/314-flexible-type-setting-tim-brown/

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  3. Art Directing the Web with Dan Mall | Unfinished Business

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    1x I’m your host, Andy Clarke, and I’m writing a Hardboiled Web Design book about Art Directing for the Web. You can find out more about that at stuffandnonsense.co.uk/books. Over the next few weeks and months, I’ll be discussing art directing for web with my guests, some of the most experienced art directors and designers working on the web today.

    In this episode, Dan Mall and I discuss Art Directing the Web.

    http://www.unfinished.bz/124

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  4. Episode 48 - Progressive Enhancement | With Aaron Gustafson - Relative Paths

    In this week’s episode, we talk about the Progressive Enhancement approach to web design and development with Aaron Gustafson.

    https://relativepaths.uk/ep48-progressive-enhancement-with-aaron-gustafson

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  5. 5by5 | The Big Web Show #176: Intrinsic Web Design with Jen Simmons

    Jen Simmons—Designer Advocate at Mozilla, creator of Firefox Grid Inspector, host of Layout Land and The Web Ahead, member of the CSS Working Group, coiner of Intrinsic Web Design, and general force of nature—is Jeffrey Zeldman’s guest.

    http://5by5.tv/bigwebshow/176

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  6. The Web of Future Past with John Allsopp

    In this episode of devMode.fm, we talk to web veteran & founder of the Web Directions conference, John Allsopp. We talk about the origins of the web, including many technologies you may never have heard of. John drops some fantastic tidbits from the perspective that only someone who has seen it all can offer.

    We also meander through a philosophical discussion of the current and future state of the web development industry. Are certain jobs in the web development world in danger of becoming obsolete? Join us for a fun and far-ranging discussion!

    https://devmode.fm/episodes/the-web-of-future-past-with-john-allsopp

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  7. Unfinished Business: Art directing for the web, with Dan Mall — Stuff & Nonsense, product and website design North Wales

    I’m currently writing a hardboiled web design book about Art Directing for the Web, so in this season of the Unfinished Business podcast I’m discussing art directing with my guests who are some of the most experienced art directors and designers working on the web today. This week I talk about art direction with Super Friendly, Dan Mall.

    https://stuffandnonsense.co.uk/blog/unfinished-business-art-directing-for-the-web-with-dan-mall

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  8. 5by5 | The Big Web Show #173: But What I Really Want to do is Creative Direct, with Dan Mall

    Creative director, advisor, designer, developer, author (Pricing Design), speaker, mentor, musician, and entrepreneur (SuperFriendly, SuperBooked) Dan Mall is Jeffrey Zeldman’s guest.

    http://5by5.tv/bigwebshow/173

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  9. Standards, Declarative Code, and Tape Decks, with John Allsopp | Fixate

    Published Mar 15, 2018

    John has been building for the web since the early 90’s. With his timeless article, The Dao of Web Design, his book, Developing with Web Standards, and as co-founder of the Web Directions conference series, John has made a massive impact on the lives of designers and developers the world over.

    Time Stamped Show Notes

    0:51 – John came to the web from a computer science and software engineering background.

    1:14 – In the early nineties, John developed a hypertext knowledge system. Whilst considering his options on how best to distribute the software, he realised that the internet would be a great fit. No publisher required, and no tiny royalties!

    1:43 – At the beginning, John thought the web was a fad.

    2:08 – The web was officially launched in 1991 but received a lot of criticism at the time. Users complained that links were one-directional, and that there was no centralised hub to see the links between documents. In fact, a paper proposed by Tim Berners-Lee (the man considered to be the inventor of the web) was rejected!

    2:58 – What people initially saw as weaknesses of the web, actually turned out to be its strengths. One “weakness” was the fact that everything was freely available to everybody; even people who are not software engineers or programmers.

    3:31 – Once John realised the power of the web, he started to develop courses, and CSS tools, training, and materials. In more recent years, his efforts have been focused on organising conferences where he helps “amplify the voices and ideas of other people”.

    4:54 – John is interested in the way humans interact with computers and how this will evolve over time. He wants to see the current paradigm of “personal computing” broken down and become less text and screen-based.

    7:43 – The idea of a computer as a bunch of apps with various features will change; our interactions will become much more contextual and unique to our individual conditions. Computing will become more and more a part of our everyday life. John gives two examples – cochlear implants, and technology that can predict the onset of a psychological episode.

    8:55 – John believes that if you can programme in JavaScript and can use a web API, you can start tapping into the AI API’s of Amazon Web Services, Watson, or the Google Cloud Platform.

    11:53 – “Debugging is a black art.”

    12:57 – John tells the story of a single missing character in Fortran code and how it lead to an unmanned space shuttle exploding!

    13:47 – When deciding what to put where on his daily todo list, John considers the task’s importance, as well as the times of day during which he is most productive. He finds that todo lists give him a sense of accomplishment and progression.

    14:55 – “People who show gratitude tend to be happy.” John encourages his kids to reflect on one thing each day for which they are thankful.

    16:08 – When making the transition from developing software to running events, John had to begin a completely new learning process.

    19:19 – John is interested in using his expertise to gain better insight into the wants and needs of his customers so that he can tailor the Web Directions service to better suit them.

    20:22 – John started programming using BASIC on a “pre-PC style” computer. It relied on a tape deck with audio cassettes in order to write programs.

    20:57 – John came from a very traditional, imperative, object-orientated approach to programming. Only when the web came around was he exposed to the declarative approach.

    21:29 – John found the idea of declaring what you want to happen, rather than how you want it to happen, revelatory.

    21:57 – John thinks CSS is greatly undervalued. Whereas experienced React developers are in high demand, skilled CSS developers seem to struggle to find good positions.

    22:29 – John believes Javascript developers would benefit from trying to understand the declarative approach of CSS and HTML.

    Quickfire Questions

    23:45 – Best advice about programming

    “You ain’t gonna need it” (YAGNI). If you don’t need it, don’t build it.

    24:15 – Habits for writing better code

    A strange mixture of OCD and ADHD allows John to both drill down on the details and get them right, as well as make the disparate connections necessary for writing good software.

    25:15 – Book“Designing with Web Standards” by Jeffrey Zeldman

    26:19 – Inspiring devsJason Miller, the creator of Preact. Not only is he developing interesting technology, but he is also great at articulating his thoughts on the web platform as a whole.

    27:33 – How to learn to code from scratch

    Pick a real-world problem and learn new technologies as you solve it.

    29:42 – How to work smart

    Implement the 80/20 rule. Determine what requires only 20% effort, but yields 80% of the results.

    Tools, Tips, and Books Mentioned

    JavaScript

    “A Dao of Web Design,” by John Allsopp

    “Developing with Web Standards,” by John Allsopp

    The Web Directions conference series

    Amazon Web Services Machine Learning API

    Watson AI API

    Google Cloud Platform AI API

    Fortran

    Web Directions

    BASIC

    CSS

    ReactJS

    Dijkstra’s books on software engineering

    “Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software,” by The Gang of Four

    Axel Rauschmayer’s books on JavaScript

    Kyle Simpson’s books on JavaScript

    “Designing with Web Standards” by Jeffrey Zeldman

    Preact

    Tim Ferris

    The 80/20 Pareto Principle

    Contact John

    Twitter: @johnallsopp

    http://fixate.it/podcast/standards-declarative-code-tape-decks-john-allsopp/

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  10. Persistence, and doing the things you love, with Chris Coyier | Fixate

    Published Mar 22, 2018

    Chris is the creator of CSS-Tricks, a co-founder of CodePen, and a host on the popular dev podcast, ShopTalk. With Chris’s involvement in making CSS, Javascript, and SVG more accessible to developers, Chris has had a profound impact on both everyone using the web, and everyone building for the web.

    Time Stamped Show Notes

    0:53 – Chris believes it’s important to seek out the work you love doing and focus your energy there. For him, it’s CSS-Tricks, CodePen, and ShopTalk.

    1:37 – CSS-Tricks is primarily a blog, but it’s also full of resources for learning (mostly) front end development.

    2:07 – Chris spends most of his time working on CodePen. Simply put, it’s a code editor in the browser. Using pre-processors, it allows you to create front end code and show it off to others.

    2:49 – Chris’s podcast, ShopTalk, reached its 300th episode in 2018!

    3:01 – Chris is pleased to hear that Sara Soueidan‘s first job came from something she posted on CodePen.

    4:49 – CSS-Tricks started in 2007, making it ten-and-a-half years old!

    5:18 – Chris loves empowering other developers by giving them a platform to show off their work. He also likes to share the cool things they’re building.

    6:33 – “A Lifetime of Nerdery,” gives insight into Chris’s upbringing as a “middleclass kid in middleclass United States, somewhere in middle-America.” He feels his priviledged background played a big part in getting him to where he is now.

    7:28 – Chris always knew computers would be part of his career. By obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree, he was able to combine his love for technology with his love of design.

    9:34 – Chris chats about the early years of CodePen and why things were simpler back then. The more CodePen grows, the more pressure he feels about the tech choices they make, and about all the people involved.

    11:23 – Email has proven a powerful tool for Chris. A lot of positive relationships and opportunities have come his way through email. “All good things happen over email”.

    12:02 – At Codepen they use GitLab for code-editing and issue-tracking.

    12:13 – Slack has been a vital tool at CodePen. Chris likes that it is both real-time, and not; it can be used for instant messaging, as well as for messages that don’t need an immediate response.

    12:30 – CodePen have recently started using Notion. In essence, it’s a notes app where processes, minutes from meetings, and any other kind of documentation can be stored and shared. It can be used for long-term, and short-term stuff.

    14:55 – There’s a lot of wisdom involved in knowing which new projects, frameworks, and libraries to pay attention to. He suggests keeping an eye on what’s going on in the industry, but not necessarily doing a course on every new tool that comes out.

    15:21 – Chris suggests being slow and considerate in your technology choices. Although there are popular new libraries like Vue.js out now, the decision for CodePen to go with a React stack made sense at the time.

    16:59 – “…an untold story of a really good like React and TypeScript based front end is that it’s less buggy because the way that you write code is less problematic”.

    18:34 – Chris believes that browsers should keep up with what developers are trying to force the web to do, and to accommodate it.

    19:25 – Stay up to date by reading industry rags, signing up to a few email newsletters, and reading the README’s of new libraries. Then file the important information somewhere in your brain for when it might prove useful.

    20:34 – Chris suggests changing up the way you work. Don’t get complacent; try new frameworks, libraries, and processes. Constantly reevaluate the way you work and how you could be doing things differently.

    22:44 – Chris would like for Prettier to be more configurable, so that instead of using stylelint for CSS and SCSS checking, and Prettier for code formatting, both could be done using one tool.

    Quickfire Questions

    23:59 – Best advice about programming

    Although technology constantly changes, humans don’t. Always remember that whatever you are building is for a human.

    24:55 – Habits for writing better code

    Make time to experiment. Toss out your current way of working and try something completely new. And then, to solidify what you’ve learnt, write about your experience.

    25:42 – Book

    “Learning jQuery” by Jonathan Chaffer and Karl Swedberg

    “Design for Community” by Derek Powazek

    26:50 – Inspiring devs

    David Khourshid for his work with animations and state machines. Mina Markham for highlighting the importance of design systems and their effect on people. Scott Jehl for his writing about performance, as well as everyone at Filament Group for their font-loading work. Jeremy Keith for his fascinating perspectives.

    The whole team at CodePen: Marie Mosley, Rachel Smith, Jake Albaugh, and Chris’s co-founders, Tim Sabat, and Alex Vazquez. He feels lucky to be working with some of his heroes!

    28:05 – How to learn to code from scratch

    Tackle learning code by using a combination of different resources. Use Google, take courses (Team Treehouse, or Khan Academy), buy books, and build projects of your own. Take a multifaceted approach to learning and things will fall into place.

    30:36 – How to work smart

    Be persistent. If something frustrates you, it’s probably a good sign that you should learn it.

    Tools, Tips, and Books Mentioned

    CSS-Tricks

    CodePen

    ShopTalk

    A Lifetime of Nerdery

    GitLab

    Slack

    Notion

    Vue.js

    React

    TypeScript

    Prettier

    “Learning jQuery” by Jonathan Chaffer and Karl Swedberg

    “Design for Community” by Derek Powazek

    Team Treehouse

    Khan Academy

    Contact Chris

    Website: https://chriscoyier.net/

    http://fixate.it/podcast/persistence-and-doing-the-things-you-love-chris-coyier/

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