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Why Use a Database With a Small CMS?
For developers who constantly reinvent the wheel (replacing it in most cases with a rectangle), Drew McLellan has an oldie but goodie on why his company’s small CMS uses MySQL instead of a “lightweight” solution.
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46 minutes ago
TripIt | A trip to Chicago, IL in February 2018
Jeffrey is about to leave on a trip to Chicago, IL.
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8 hours ago
An Event Apart News: New Users Matter, Too! Designing Better Onboarding Experiences by Krystal Higgins
✩ Free 60-minute video: New Users Matter, Too! Designing Better Onboarding Experiences by Krystal Higgins—An Event Apart video
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4 days ago
Steve McCarron - PortfolioSteve McCarron | Creative Director / Art Director
Saw my friend, creative director Steve McCarron, for lunch today. With Alec Pollak, Steve & I created our first website, Batman Forever, when we worked in advertising in 1995. Need a freelance creative director?
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4 days ago
An Event Apart: Chicago 2018 Web Design & UX Conference
If you’re designing a website or app, how do you know what really matters to your users? Announcing Top Tasks—Helping You Deliver a Better User Experience, by Gerry McGovern. Save $100 if you register before early bird ends!
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5 days ago
GitHub Contributions Chart | Adrian Roselli
The GitHub Contributions Chart is wildly inaccessible. Adrian Roselli decided to fix that. Here’s how he did it.
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6 days ago
flex-direction - CSS | MDN
✩ CSS Demo: flex-direction. Part of the MDN Interactive Examples collection by Rachel Andrew @rachelandrew
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8 days ago
Little UI Details
"Anal is a polite word for what you are."—Annie Hall. Little UI Details ℅ Grant McAllister @UX_Grant
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8 days ago
RIP John Barlow - Tristan Louis (TNL.net)
“One of the most optimistic and loving advocates of the potentials of the Internet passed away.” RIP John Perry Barlow by @TNLNYC.
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8 days ago
He Made Them Glow: A Maverick’s Portraits Live On - The New York Times
Peter Hujar’s photographs of friends and lovers, at the Morgan Library & Museum, captured downtown Manhattan’s golden age before the emergence of AIDS.
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8 days ago
alistapart.com
“It’s not about writing the most sophisticated code or finding the most clever solution to a problem; it’s about users and whether they’re able to use our products.” 11 lessons on incorporating accessibility into your work.
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11 days ago
A Book Apart, Conversational Design
“Conversational design is more than creating interfaces that talk and text. Taking a conversational approach to interaction design requires applying the deeper principles of how humans inter- act with one another so we can create systems that succeed on human terms, no matter the mode of interaction.” Coming 6 March 2018 from @ABookApart: CONVERSATIONAL DESIGN by Erika Hall. @mulegirl Foreword by John Maeda.
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11 days ago
WCAG 2.1 is a Candidate Recommendation | W3C Blog
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 is now a Candidate Recommendation (CR). Comments are due 30 March. #a11y
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12 days ago
A Book Apart, You’re My Favorite Client
What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing you did mattered? Buy this book! YOU’RE MY FAVORITE CLIENT by Mike Monteiro. 2 paperback copies for $25 with discount code YMFCX2. TODAY ONLY—only from @ABookApart.
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14 days ago
A Book Apart, Responsible Responsive Design
High performance, big sale! Responsible Responsive Design by Scott Jehl. 2 paperback copies for $25 with discount code RRDX2. TODAY ONLY—only from @ABookApart.
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14 days ago
A Book Apart, Designing for Touch
FEELS SO GOOD. Designing for Touch by Josh Clark. 2 paperback copies for $25 with discount code DFTX2. TODAY ONLY—only from @ABookApart.
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14 days ago
A Book Apart, Responsive Design: Patterns & Principles
WE SEE A PATTERN HERE. Responsive Design: Patterns & Principles by @beep. 2 paperback copies for $25 with discount code RDPPX2. TODAY ONLY—only from @ABookApart.
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14 days ago
A Book Apart, Going Responsive
Go, go, groundhogs! Going Responsive by @karenmcgrane. 2 paperback copies for $25 with discount code GRX2. TODAY ONLY—only from @ABookApart.
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15 days ago
A Book Apart, Git for Humans
Git down, Charlie Brown! Double up on GIT FOR HUMANS by @ddemaree and get 2 paperback copies for just $25. Just use discount code GFHX2, today only, during @ABookApart’s storewide GroundHog Day Sale.
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15 days ago
A Book Apart, Practical SVG
Thufferin’ thuccotash! PRACTICAL SVG by Chris Coyier is on sale TODAY ONLY: get 2 paperback copies for just $25 using discount code SVGX2. Hooray for @ABookApart’s storewide GroundHog Day Sale.
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15 days ago
How to use variable fonts in the real world – Clear(left) Thinking – Medium
How to use variable fonts in the real world Richard Rutter: Using variable fonts in the real world turns out to be tricky. This post explains how we achieved it for the new Ampersand website and what we learned along the way. Richard Rutter
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15 days ago
A Book Apart, JavaScript for Web Designers
Jumpin' Jehosophat! JAVASCRIPT FOR WEB DESIGNERS by @wilto – 2 paperbacks for just $25 with discount code JSFWDX2. Today only during @ABookApart’s Groundhog Day Sale.
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15 days ago
Your Sketch library is not a design system | Brad Frost
Your Sketch Library Is Not A Design System "[A]t the heart of any great design system is a reusable set of UI components that product teams can reach for to build actual software." – @brad_frost
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15 days ago
Tackling the Internet’s Central Villain: The Advertising Business - The New York Times
Russian propaganda? YouTube child exploitation? Fake followers? Fake review sites? Anti-patterns? Decline of civil discourse? Blame it all on the digital ad business. Farhad Manjoo: not really on here a lot now
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15 days ago
A Book Apart, Demystifying Public Speaking
WE PREDICT SAVINGS! All day, today only, get 2 paperback copies of Demystifying Public Speaking by @lara_hogan for just $25 with discount code DPSX2.
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15 days ago
A Book Apart, Practical Design Discovery
GROUNDHOG DAY SALE. All day, today only, get 2 paperback copies of Practical Design Discovery by @brownorama for just $25 with discount code PDD25.
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15 days ago
A Book Apart, The New CSS Layout
SALE. All day, today only, double up on A Book Apart paperbacks & get ’em 2 for $25 with special codes. Like The New CSS Layout by Rachel Andrew – 2 for $25 with code TNCL25. Each book has its own code. Collect them all!
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15 days ago
Mobile Menu
Not your father’s populism. Actually, not populism at all. Labor Dept. tries to bury its own report showing that its new rule allowing bosses to skim waiters’ tips will (surprise, surprise) hurt workers and consumers.
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15 days ago
Design Like a Teacher · An A List Apart Article
☛ Those who can design, teach. User experience is really a way of defining and planning what we want a user to learn, so we need to think about our design work as how to teach. Aimee Gonzalez-Cameron explains how a designer’s teaching mindset can improve any UX project for the user.
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16 days ago
Design Like a Teacher · An A List Apart Article
☛ Those who can design, teach. User experience is really a way of defining and planning what we want a user to learn, so we need to think about our design work as how to teach. Aimee Gonzalez-Cameron explains how a designer’s teaching mindset can improve any UX project for the user.
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16 days ago
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Details, details. “Now, when you make a to-do in Basecamp, you’ll see a new field labeled When done, notify. Add people you want to notify when the to-do is completed and Basecamp will be sure to tell them about it.” Thoughtful new Basecamp 3 feature.
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16 days ago
Recreating the GitHub Contribution Graph with CSS Grid Layout
Recreating the GitHub Contribution Graph with CSS Grid Layout “As I always find while working with CSS Grid Layout, I end up with far less CSS than I would have using almost any other method. In this case, the layout-related part of my CSS ended up being less than 30 lines, with only 15 declarations!”
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16 days ago
Quality Information Requires Quality People
“The algorithms are not going to deliver us quality content on their own. If you want to make technology work, you have to invest in people.”
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17 days ago
Responsive Mondrian – a demo of CSS Grid - YouTube
Responsive Mondrian – a demo of CSS Grid. Layout Land video by Jen Simmons.
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17 days ago
Twenty Years Apart. - Airbag Industries
Long live Airbag. Greg Storey is blogging again! Here is his appreciation of A List Apart’s 20th anniversary milestone:
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18 days ago
“20 Years of A List Apart” graphic tee by Jeffrey Zeldman. | Cotton Bureau
From pixels to prose, coding to content: celebrate 20 years of brilliant articles “for people who make websites.” A List Apart—which began as a mailing list in 1997 and became a website in 1998—is now 20 years old! ALA explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices. Join the few, the proud, the user-focused and front-end-savvy. Whether you’re a designer, coder, writer, or strategist, new to the field or a one-time webmaster, A List Apart is your community. Wear it proudly. The last possible second to buy this design is Feb 12, 2018 at 8:00 PM EST.
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19 days ago
5by5 | The Big Web Show #168: Design Evolution Revolution with Jen Simmons
♛ The Big Web Show № 168: Design Evolution Revolution with Jen Simmons. Layout Land! Free speech, Libertarianism, and doxxing. Flexbox Inspector & Shape Path editor. Unheralded heroes of vlogging. Maximum #CSSGrid. http://ift.tt/2FjWGJc @jensimmons
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21 days ago
School Shooting in Kentucky Was Nation’s 11th of Year. It Was Jan. 23. - The New York Times
“The news cycles are so short right now in America, and there’s a lot going on,” she said. “But you would think that shootings in American schools would be able to clear away some of that clutter.”
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23 days ago
The Compact Guide to Web Maintainability: 200 Tips and Resources · Jens Oliver Meiert
The Compact Guide to Web Maintainability: 200 Tips and Resources cc A List Apart, for people who make websites
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24 days ago
I Don't Know If You Heard, But Over 1 Million People Participated in Women's Marches This Weekend
I Don't Know If You Heard, But Over 1 Million People Participated in Women's Marches This Weekend ”If Trump fans, who represent a sliver of the electorate so small that Trump remains the most unpopular president since Harry Truman, are given the full run of the New York Times editorial section because we need to better understand them, then surely the greatest mass mobilization of women nationwide (ever?) deserves at least an equivalent measure of attention.“
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24 days ago
The King vs. Pawn Game of UI Design · An A List Apart Article
“What if, instead of trying to design an entire page with dozens of elements (nav, text, input controls, a logo, etc.), we consciously started by designing the simplest thing possible?”
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25 days ago
Meet Column Setter — ProPublica
✩ My old friend & former design colleague, ProPublica’s brilliant Rob Weychert, has created Column Setter, an open source tool for building custom responsive grids that work in older browsers. If you *can’t* use #CSSGrid, use this. Hat tip: David Sleight.
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25 days ago
Now You See Me: How To Defer, Lazy-Load And Act With IntersectionObserver — Smashing Magazine
Now You See Me: How To Defer, Lazy-Load And Act With IntersectionObserver #API #JavaScript #Performance
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25 days ago
A Year of Donald Trump in the White House | The New Yorker
“Liberal democracy is good. Authoritarian nationalism is bad. That’s the premise of the country.” A Year of Donald Trump in the White House
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29 days ago
Mental Illness in the Web Industry · An A List Apart Article
When it comes to mental health, we aren’t as understanding as we think we are. ALA reached out to folks in our industry who were willing to share what mental health in the workplace looks like for them. Whether you have your own struggles or just want to understand, their stories are a great place to start the conversation. Mental Illness in the Web Industry by Brandon Gregory.
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4 weeks ago
Awl Ends - The Awl
I am sorry to see The Awl closing shop. They were a fine web magazine. So many fine, brave, independent websites have arisen over the years, calling our attention to new ideas and new voices, enriching the web and our lives. So few have survived. Thank you for your service.
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4 weeks ago
How Big Is That Box? Understanding Sizing In CSS Layout — Smashing Magazine
“A key feature of Flexbox and Grid Layout is that they can deal with distributing available space between, around and inside grid and flex items. Quite often this just works, and we get the result we were hoping for without trying very hard. ... Sometimes, however, you might wonder why something ends up the size that it is. Or, you might want to do something different to the default behavior. To do so, you need to know something of how the underlying algorithms figure out how to distribute space.”
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4 weeks ago
Working with External User Researchers: Part I · An A List Apart Article
Everything you need to know about hiring researchers as contractors. Authors Chelsey Glasson, Jeff Sauro, and Cory Lebson have run a user research agency, hired external researchers, and worked as freelancers. Via their different perspectives, they provide a solid guide. Part I of two articles.
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4 weeks ago
The Engine Driving Web Accessibility Standardization
“2017 ended up being a big year for aXe and accessibility testing. Not long after the Lighthouse announcement, Lighthouse and aXe-core were rolled out to Chrome Devtools, putting accessibility testing tools into the hands of of over 20 million Devtools users.”
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4 weeks ago
Hillary Clinton Ignited a Feminist Movement. By Losing. - The New York Times
“For Mrs. Clinton, it’s the latest—and perhaps last—cruel twist in a public life full of them. Her loss to Mr. Trump helped ignite the kind of movement she’d once been poised to lead but that she now mostly watches from the sidelines.”
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4 weeks ago
Condé Nast Crafts Rules to Protect Models From Harassment - The New York Times
Condé Nast Crafts Rules to Protect Models From Harassment via @NYTimes
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4 weeks ago
Has #MeToo gone too far, or not far enough? The answer is both | Laura Kipnis | Opinion | The Guardian
“To the extent that women’s bodies are still treated as public property by men, whether that means groping us or deciding what we can do with our uteruses, women do not have civic equality. To miss that point is to miss the political importance and the political lineage of #MeToo: the latest step in a centuries long political struggle for women to simply control our own bodies.”
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5 weeks ago
Scaling 101: How to Grow Your Team Without Losing | General Assembly
To grow sustainably, startups need to create structure for their people - or bad things happen. If you're in NYC January 18, attend the free panel, "Scaling 101: How To Grow Your Team Without Losing Your Culture," hosted by General Assembly & For the Win.
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5 weeks ago
Trump governs by prejudice, and not just the usual kind of prejudices - Business Insider
“Our president is an extremely prejudiced man and also an extremely superficial one.”
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5 weeks ago
Isotope Fonts | Hoefler & Co.
“Inspired by a style of lettering invented to convey precision and reliability, Isotope is a new family of typefaces designed to be both luxurious and fit.” Full range of weights, advanced Open Type features, Latin-X™ character set covering over 140 languages. New from Hoefler & Co.
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5 weeks ago
PULLED OVER (MY GLAMOROUS LIFE) – Jeffrey Zeldman – Medium
“The street was filled with cars that had been pulled over, and drivers who had exited their vehicles and were standing around in the cold, awaiting punishment of some kind.” ✩ Fresh: PULLED OVER (MY GLAMOROUS LIFE). 2 min read.
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5 weeks ago
Michael Wolff Did What Every Other White House Reporter Is Too Cowardly to Do | GQ
“Wolff has spent this week thoroughly exploiting Trump and his minions the same way they've exploited the cluelessness of others. And he pulled it off because, at long last, there was a reporter out there willing to toss decorum aside and burn bridges the same way Trump does.”
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6 weeks ago
New studies show we may be able to tell how a person feels better by hearing them than seeing them - The Washington Post
A new study by Michael Kraus of the Yale University School of Management has found that our sense of hearing may be even stronger than our sight when it comes to accurately detecting emotion. Kraus found that we are more accurate when we hear someone’s voice than when we look only at their facial expressions, or see their face and hear their voice. In other words, you may be able to sense someone’s emotional state even better over the phone than in person.
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6 weeks ago
Washington's growing obsession: The 25th Amendment - POLITICO
“This Tweet alone is grounds for removal from office under the 25th Amendment. This man should not have nukes.” Washington's growing obsession: The 25th Amendment
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6 weeks ago
Meltdown and Spectre: All Macs, iPhones and iPads affected - BBC News
Apple said it had already released "mitigations" against Meltdown in its latest iPhones and iPad operating system update - iOS 11.2 and the macOS 10.13.2 for its MacBooks and iMacs. Meltdown does not affect the Apple Watch, it said. Patches against Spectre, in the form of an update to web browser Safari, will be released "in the coming days".
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6 weeks ago
Brand New: New Logo for Pinterest
Conflict of Pinterests “It’s like a 1960s corporate identity got dropped like a hammer next to this friendly “P” mark and the two look like a hippie and a business executive in line at the grocery store, brought together by circumstance more than mutual agreement.”
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6 weeks ago
Discovery on a Budget: Part I · An A List Apart Article
✩ How can small companies, startups, nonprofits, and other cash-strapped orgs avoid missing out on the essential “discovery” phase of #design?
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6 weeks ago
colorbook.me
The Colorbook by Stefan Mansson shows designers the latest and most popular color palettes trending on Dribbble right now.
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6 weeks ago
Look back in anchor tags – Jeffrey Zeldman – Medium
✩ Look back in anchor tags Inspired by Dori Smith’s recent Facebook post about old-school blogging, I thought it might be fun to poke through the old blog a bit with you.
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6 weeks ago
TripIt | A trip to Newark, NJ in December 2017
Jeffrey is returning from a trip to Newark, NJ.
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7 weeks ago
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