Your Brain on Front-End Development

I love this article from Chris. He takes a look at a beautiful design on Dribbble and goes through how a front-end developer would look at it and build it out. Chris even uses live code pen examples to showcase how these things would be pulled out.

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Artificial Intelligence for more human interfaces

One of the most responsive ways in which we can design any interface is to make it more human or at least allow us to interact with it in a more human and natural way. This is where AI, cognitive systems are incredibly valuable.

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Prioritizing the Long-Tail of Performance

By prioritising the long tail you move the mean result further to the left, and more importantly, further towards the fastest loading scenario. Great article from Tim about what to focus on when working on performance. Tim is using Speedcurve as part of this review which is probably the number one tool out there on […]

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Monitor performance budgets at a glance with your Status dashboard

Speed Curve is one of my favourite paid performance dashboards. With the likes of Steve Souders and Tammy Everts being employee’s two and three you can tell they do something right. This week Tammy has written about the introduction of a status dashboard that allows you to take a glance at the performance of a […]

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AMPstinction

I totally agree with the idea that all Frameworks (Polyfils) should themselves eventually become extinct and no longer needed. The idea of jQuery was always to superceded by Javascript itself and I’d like to see AMP go the same way one day.

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Fostering a Web Performance Culture

Web Performance is not only about understanding what makes a site fast. It’s about creating awareness amongst both developers and non-developers. Performance is a feature and needs to be prioritized as such. I think that José M. Pérez hits the nail on the head with this article. These days we’re preoccupying ourselves with the latest and greatest […]

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Exploring Progressive Web Apps to Enhance eBay’s Mobile Experience

It’s a shame that eBay is focusing their PWA for Android devices first now that iOS also support Service Workers. I’m sure it’s because there’s some additional functionality that isn’t supported and I have reached out to the author for further clarification within 9 minutes of me reaching out I had an answer from Alex […]

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UX Writing: The Case for User-Centric Language

One of the things that often gets overlooked during a website project, which is pretty ridiculous, is the words that go onto the page. In this article from Boxes and Arrows, we see how it can make a huge difference to the users’ experience.

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Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria

An amazing story of the process that has been the complete digitisation of every written book by Google, and the likely chance that you will never be able to access them.

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Service worker resources

I’ve already mentioned that you absolutely go out and buy Offline, the new A Book Apart book from Jeremy Keith. Well, Jeremy kindly has shared a tonne of really helpful links that will help you learn more about the topic… but seriously the book does the best job.

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The Basics of Information Architecture

I’m not a visual designer, but I can design the crap about of information and data! It’s one of my favourite parts of the job, working out the information that needs to appear on the page, and how that content can link with other information on the site in intelligent ways that create a great […]

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HTML Buddies

I’m not sure why I’ve never featured these before, but the CodePen challenges are something that you should check out and participate. This week it’s all about combining HTML elements and in this case it is the <ins> and <del> elements.  

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The Surprising Science Behind Colour Codes

Have you ever wondered about the science behind colour? I recently did a lot of research on this very topic when creating the CMYK Notebook set. I still remember using the Primary Colours in school, Red/Blue/Yellow which allowed you to create any other colour. This article looks at five different approaches to colour theory and […]

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Priority Guides: A Content-First Alternative to Wireframes

I’m sure that Stephen Hay touched on something very similar to this when he was writing responsive wireframes in the browser. This technique, however, doesn’t require any knowledge of HTML or CSS but creates that same key focus of content first and a sensible heirarchy.

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The Power of Flex-Grow

Ever since CSS Grid hit browsers I’ve left Flexbox out of the newsletter… it seems a shame that after so long with floats that we’ve almost already discarded the first amazing fix that came along. There are some great and powerful things that you can do with Flexbox though, and these have benefits over using […]

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Scroll to the future

Everything you always wanted to know about implementing scrolling but were afraid to ask. Anna and Andy have scrolled to the bottom of modern web specifications to take you on a whirlwind tour of latest CSS and JavaScript features that make navigating around a single page smooth, beautiful and less resource-hungry.

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Going Offline

I’ve already read the first chapter (and potentially a few more chapters in a pre-release… it’s so good) and for me this is the best ABA book since the release of Edition 4 (RWD by Ethan). This article is the extract of that chapter which explains what Service Workers are and how they relate to […]

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A Quick Way to Remember the Difference Between `justify-content` and `align-items`

I’m the same as Robin and use to always forget these. My way of remembering which one is which is going back to left align, right align, or justifying text. When you justify text it stretches it across the horizontal axis. Robin’s approach is different, but what ever works for you (and stops the inevitable […]

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Cutting the Mustard with CSS Media Queries

In the past we’ve used a javascript check to define the types of things we might load onto a page. The idea is that certain modern browsers support new things, and if those new things are supported you could reasonably expect the browser was new enough to do all the fancy stuff you wanted… so […]

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Measuring the Hard-to-Measure

Have you ever wondered how many people are printing out your web pages? Me neither, but if you did want to know who was printing your web pages it might be difficult to work that out. In this tutorial, Harry Roberts shows you how you can do that with tracking pixels.

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