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The $1,000 Podcasting Setup

I figure between (as I write) the 267 episodes of ShopTalk, 134 episodes of CodePen Radio, 154 video screencasts (and many hundreds more as part of the different series), and all my guest podcast apperances, I’m edging on 1,000 things I’ve voice-recorded for public consumption. 98% of that was with the Rode Podcaster, the same exact microphone I documented using in 2008. I figured it was about time for an upgrade, as I plan to continue podcasting and screencasting [...]

Web Design Weekly #279

Headlines Mavo – Create Web Apps Entirely By Writing HTML Mavo helps you turn your static HTML into reactive web applications without a single line of programming code and no server backend. Lea Verou has also written a great introduction article over on Smashing Magazine that is worth a read. (mavo.io) Announcing JSON Feed (jsonfeed.org) Snag the hottest new domain name for designers .design domains were just released and some of the best ones are still available. Normally cost $ 35 but Web [...]

Web Development Reading List #186: Tor 7, Designing Depth, And Mac Ransomare

   Design is one of the most controversial things in our industry. There are barely any redesigns that aren’t discussed heavily in the community. Changing a well-working design is even harder as people tend to dislike anything new, but if we give them a bit of time, they might start to see things from a different perspective.Instead of following what everyone else is doing, we shouldn’t [...]

Hybrid Apps And React Native: A Time To Transition?

   Accomplished musicians often talk about how, at certain moments in their careers, they had to unlearn old habits in order to progress. This process often causes them to regress in performance while they adjust to an ultimately better method.Once the new approach is integrated, they are able to reach new heights that would not have been possible with their previous techniques. The post Hybrid Apps And [...]

Web Design Weekly #282

Headlines The State of CSS Ryan Oglesby has put together 5 old-fashioned CSS things that you don’t need to do anymore and what you should do instead. Note, there are some good comments worth reading. (ryanogles.by) Emotional Intelligence in Design (medium.com) Get 3 Free Months of Online UX Design Courses! The Interaction Design Foundation is the largest, and oldest, provider of online UX design courses. All their courses are self-paced, which makes them perfect for both working professionals and students. Here are 7 reasons [...]

Convincing Clients: How To Get Sign Off When It Matters

   We have all been there. That dreaded moment when after weeks of work we have to present our progress to key stakeholders, and they mercilessly tear it apart. It feels inevitable, but usually, we can avoid these situations.Wouldn’t life be so much easier if we didn’t need to get other people to buy-in to our work? Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way, especially in digital. [...]

When Large Isn’t Large Enough: Designing With Hero Images

   When users come to your page, they’ll feel some kind of reaction. Whether it’s positive or negative, that reaction is determined in large part by what they see. Because vision is perhaps the strongest human sense, a hero image is one of the fastest ways to grab the user’s attention. Bold, graphic and intentional imagery engages the user. It draws the user in immediately and [...]

Web Design Weekly #280

Headlines A Unified Styling Language Mark Dalgleish shares some thoughts around the current CSS-in-JS landscape, why people do it, and why the CSS community should care. (medium.com) DevTools: State of the Union 2017 (youtube.com) UX teams learn from customers faster with NomNom Get all your customer feedback and user research in one place. (nomnom.it) Articles Managing resources for large-scale testing An interesting look into how engineers at Facebook can use a single API to communicate with a range of remote resources within their tests and other automated [...]

Web Development Reading List #185: Safari 11, New Edge Build, Chrome 59, And CSS Optimization Insights

   This week was full of great browser vendor news: Safari 11 was announced with long-awaited features such as WebRTC and tracking protection, and a new Edge build with new CSS features is now available, too.But the past few days also had some valuable articles up their sleeves: about implementing HTTP/2 push, using datetime-local, and slimming down your CSS, for example. I collected everything in this [...]

Web Design Weekly #281

Headlines The Mindfulness of a Manual Performance Audit Chip Cullen shares a great list of tips and resources to help you do a manual performance audit that gives you a true understanding of what is happening under the hood with your site. (alistapart.com) 11 things I learned reading the flexbox spec (hackernoon.com) Snag the hottest new domain name for designers .design domains were just released and some of the best ones are still available. Normally cost $ 35 but Web Design Weekly subscribers [...]