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Friday Links

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:26:21 +0000

TEN great links to launch your weekend: If you missed Gerry McGovern’s brilliant An Event Apart talk on “Top Task Management,” the video’s here for your pleasure. If you missed Eric Meyer’s article “Practical CSS Grid: Adding Grid to an Existing Design” in A List Apart, drop what you’re doing and read! If you missed […]

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A Saint Patrick’s Day to remember

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:09:56 +0000

WHEN my daughter Ava was much younger—about seven—I took her to Toys R Us in Times Square one Saturday that was also Saint Patrick’s Day. You couldn’t ask for a more chaotic location and crowd. After stocking up on a sufficient number of Barbie accessories (Ava was in a girly phase at the time), we […]

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Automatic check-ins and the old, personal web

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:24:53 +0000

Basecamp 3’s automatic check-in feature can build community and help you design your career and your life. It even brings back some of the joy we once derived from the days of the personal web.

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Authoritative, Readable, Branded: Report from Poynter Design Challenge, Part 2

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 22:13:23 +0000

THIS year’s Poynter Digital Newspaper Design Challenge was an attempt by several designers and pundits, working and thinking in parallel, to save real news via design. In Part 1 of my report from Poynter, I discussed the questions driving the challenge, and talked about the design work done in response to it by my colleagues Kat […]

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Digital newspaper design challenge: a report from Poynter, part 1

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 21:32:29 +0000

CAN design create a better user experience that engages readers and drives revenue? Can it fight fake news and help save real journalism at a time when news organizations large and small are underfinanced and under attack? These questions drove the Poynter Design Challenge, “a project to create new visual models for digital news publications” […]

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Lara Hogan at Postlight

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:12:30 +0000

LARA HOGAN kicked ass at the Lara Hogan Demystifies Public Speaking event sponsored by Postlight and A Book Apart, and held last night in Postlight’s big beautiful public space on Fifth Avenue, around the corner from NYC’s famous Union Square Park. Speaking coach Bill Smartt led the smartly paced Q&A session. Postlight co-founder and event […]

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Streaming suicide and other design decisions

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:15:13 +0000

We who create websites and applications must remain mindful, honest, and vigilant. We must strive to work in diverse teams that are better than homogenous groups at glimpsing and preparing for the unforeseen. More than ever, we must develop design practices that anticipate the horrible and tragic—not to mention the illegal and authoritarian. And in life, as well as design, we must do a better job of asking ourselves what we are not seeing—what struggles the people we meet may be hiding from us, and how we can help them before it is too late.

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Kiss My Classname

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 17:55:57 +0000

SORRY. I disagree. Nonsemantic classnames that refer to visual styles will always be a bad idea. I’m sure you’re a good coder. Probably much better than I am these days. I know most of you weren’t around for the standards wars and don’t know how much damage non-semantic HTML and CSS did to the web. […]

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To Save Real News

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 17:44:00 +0000

IN a world where newspapers are dying and half the public believes fake news, what online news experiences need is design that is branded, authoritative, and above all, readable: Branded, because we need to convert the current hummingbird model (where readers flit from flower to flower) back to the idea that your news source matters—and […]

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In Defense of Font Size Widgets

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 15:23:38 +0000

Most of the sites we’ve designed in the past few years have not had a text size widget, but I believe this was due to our privileged assumptions and biases, and not to the reality of the needs of those we serve.

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Big Web Show № 150: Giant Paradigm Shifts and Other Delights With Brad Frost

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 19:17:10 +0000

BOY, was this show overdue. For the first time ever on The Big Web Show, I chat with my friend, front-end developer extraordinaire Brad Frost, author of the spanking new book, Atomic Design. We have fun. We go way over time. We kept talking after the show stopped. There was just so much to discuss—including […]

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Accessibility Whack-a-Mole

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:35:33 +0000

WHAT do you do when an accessibility solution you’ve devised for one group creates a fresh accessibility dilemma for another group? Through the prism of typeface choice, Eleanor Ratliff relates how she and her team tackled the problem of accessibility whack-a-mole for a rebranding project.

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This year more than ever, Blue Beanie Day matters

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:47:52 +0000

AT FIRST GLANCE, November 2016 has bigger fish to fry than a small, cult holiday celebrated by web developers and designers. Each day since November 8, 2016 has brought new, and, to some of us, unimaginable challenges to the surface. Half of America is angry and terrified. The other half is angry and celebrating. At […]

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Do Not Go Gentle into that iTunes Store

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 22:11:25 +0000

AT HOME, sick with a cold and bored, my daughter buys a single packet of “My School Dance” in a freemium iTunes game. The manufacturer charges her (well, charges me) for ten packets. This same “accidental” 10x overcharge happens across three different games by the same manufacturer in the span of about an hour. American […]

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State of the Web: Evaluating Technology | Jeremy Keith

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 15:23:56 +0000

We work with technology every day. And every day it seems like there's more and more technology to understand: graphic design tools, build tools, frameworks and libraries, not to mention new HTML, CSS, and JavaScript features landing in browsers. How should we best choose which technologies to invest our time in? When we decide to weigh up the technology choices that confront us, what are the best criteria for doing that?

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