We’ve long known about and (gradually) come to accept the unpredictable nature of the web. User-agents, rendering engines, viewport dimensions, network bandwidth; the list goes on.
However, in designing solutions, we often commit fallacies of generalising devices based on the viewport—320px must mean a phone—or, bandwidth based on device—phone must be on a slow connection—etc., you get the drift. Jeremy Keith provides a good overview of three such unknowns while highlighting one crucial yet often ignored factor.
Statutory Warning: Great music coupled with beautiful design can adversely effect your output.
A short with Scott Schuman, the street fashion photographer behind The Sartorialist.
New blog featuring highlights from the secret “best practises for restaurant web design” guide. Appears strikingly similar to the disregarded “worst practises in web design” guide.
URLs are for humans — not for search engines.
Restores much needed sanity to YouTube’s desktop site. My favourite Safari extension.
Watch how Ogilvy brilliantly leverages the Indian Railways to advertise Bingo Chips’ new 25% Extra offering.
Eric Meyer stirs up a conversation on the usefulness of a Computer Science degree for (aspiring) web professionals.
wasted undergone four years of university education for a Software Engineering degree, this is something I’ve spent countless sleepy lectures pondering over. There is no doubt that most institutions fail miserably when it comes to imparting web technology skills, but it’s the unquantifiable value of a degree and formal education that makes this extremely hard to evaluate.
“Dangers” may not be the right word here because nature is not in conflict with humans, its [sic] merely indifferent to our feelings. Wilderness is as unconcerned to our pleasures as it is to our miseries.
A good safety reminder for those venturing into places unspoilt by civilisation.
(via The Chennai Trekking Club)
A lot has been written and said about responsive web design in the last few months. Apart from the control that it returns to the designers, responsive design has caught on so well because it’s one of those core traits that define the web. Like CSS itself. It feels right.
A good reminder of just how nascent this field still is, and how we shouldn’t forget the basics of this incredibly exciting medium that is the web.
-webkit-text-stroke hacks for rendering light text on dark backgrounds can finally be put to rest. As always, use with care.
Excellent new project by college student Priya Prakash. Can’t decide what I like more about this magazine – the initiative to showcase young India artists, the artists themselves, the contents of the magazine or the skill and care with which each of the two issues have been edited and designed.
Finally an India travel bookings site that I
like love to use. They do trains so well that I had to literally figuratively pinch myself to ensure it was real. Everything about their experience has been top notch (including a geeky twitter account).
Don’t see myself using any other travel site for Indian bookings, price difference or premiums (if any) be damned!
I wasn’t aware of Frankfurt before Khoi linked to this article, but the more I look now, the more treasure I find. Stephen Frankfurt’s approach to movie design very strongly reminds me of Josef Müller-Brockmann’s approach to graphic design. No doubt he had just as strong an influence.
Sticking with the day’s theme, here’s Alex Payne detailing his lifestyle to offer sound advice on leading a balanced life.