How long until this “stripped back readability” design aesthetic really breaks into mainstream web design? Or are sites like 37signals’ Signal vs. Noise a luxury item? And if that’s the case, isn’t it weird that the non-commercial publishing ventures on the web are the luxury experiences?
The next step from making content and services adapt to a particular device: Making content and services that adapts to the relationships between connected devices. Luke Wroblewski provides a primer.
The design/development bubble is easy to get stuck in and dangerous as a result. It’s not easy to maintain an ideal and unbiased, user-focused perspective, but at least remind from time to time that it is out there somewhere.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been putting the basics of a responsive HTML framework together. I’ve been thinking a lot about an object-oriented, modular approach and SMACSS, a short, free-on-the-web book by Jonathan Snook, has been a major influence on my thinking.
If you want your HTML and CSS to be cleaner, simpler and more scalable and reusable I’d definitely suggest you give it a read.
Jeremy Keith details some of the optimisation techniques used in the creation of the dConstruct 2012 conference website. The fuzzy jpeg trick is particularly cool, as is adding images directly into the stylesheet as Base64-encoded data.
The general message is timely too. The old problems of bandwidth are new again, thanks to mobile and mobile-mediated browsing. And solving them is your responsibility if you want to be considered a professional web designer/developer.
Nearly 4 and a half years ago, I arrived at the Equator offices with a huge sense of stepping into the unknown. I’d been a professional web developer for three years before that day, working in a relatively low-pressure environment on in-house projects, as the only web developer in an office of health researchers, teaching myself Web Standards-based front-end development in the process. But I’d decided I need a step up and I wanted to see if I could work in an agency setting, with the attendant pressures. I wanted a challenge, but I was very uncertain if I was up to it.
But, the time has come for me to take that step again, and find a new challenge to work on. So today is my last day at Equator Towers. I’m not moving far, but I’ll miss being part of this team enormously.
All the best for the future, guys. Can’t wait to see the things you’ll make and the successes you’ll have. And I’m looking forward to shooting the development breeze over a pint in the pub for a long time to come.
Spoiler: It’s performance, of course.
90% of everything is rubbish, and, as Andy Budd spells out in no uncertain terms, that includes web design agencies. If you find this uncomfortably familiar, do yourself a favour and do something about it. Life’s too short for mediocre bollocks.