CSS Border-Radius Can Do That? | IO 9elements
Did NOT know you could do this. Pretty nice way to make organic-looking shapes without masking them in more complicated ways
css  webdesign  inspiration 
5 days ago
Website Accessibility Begins with Responsive Web Design
I recently asked a friend who happens to be blind if he’d share some sites that were built really well—sites that were beautifully accessible. You know what he said? “I don’t use the web. Everything is broken.”

Everything is broken. And it’s broken because we broke it.
accessibility  webdesign  design  html 
5 days ago
Nationalist backlash: John Judis is wrong - Vox
“To the extent that progressive politicians feel compelled to cater to anti-immigration sentiments, the one thing they should absolutely avoid doing at any cost is imply that immigrants are a real problem for economic policy.

If we want to raise the minimum wage, the solution is to raise the minimum wage. If we want stronger labor unions, the solution is to reform labor law. If we want to tax the rich, the solution is to tax the rich. If we want to provide decent health care and education to everyone, the solution is to provide decent health care and education to everyone.

Cracking down on immigration and trade is neither necessary nor sufficient to advancing progressive goals on any of these fronts. Saying that it is simply plays into the hands of the business interests who are the real impediments to progress.”
economics  politics  history  government 
5 days ago
About static site generators
This is a fair criticism of SSGs from the POV of authors who are not necessarily programmers. Good list of suggestions for conventions to be aware of, and pitfalls
cms  my_cmsicorn  programming 
8 days ago
Fly Me to the Moonmoon
TIL about reduplication and contrastive reduplication
language  space  writing 
12 days ago
Senators For Kavanaugh Represented 44 Percent of U.S. - The Atlantic
This has an interesting breakdown of the Senate makeup. It's not as dominated by Republicans as you might expect, given Donald Trump won 30 states in the last election.
politics  history  america!  government 
13 days ago
inessential: The Design of NetNewsWire’s Timeline
Could do worse than starting here when designing feed lists

“This all might seem obvious. I hope so! Of course it wasn’t obvious — but I like it if seems that way.”
design  layout  reading  rss  webdesign 
13 days ago
Uber, Lyft, Taxis, Design and the Age of Ambivalence + Subtraction.com
“It’s reasonable to look at the Uber and Lyft experiment as an attempt to redesign everything about taxis. In some ways the attempt has been unexpectedly successful—if you had told me a decade ago that this market would become one of the most consequential proving grounds for design ideas ever, there would have been no way I’d have believed you. But that’s what it’s become.

Design has disrupted taxis in a massive, almost unprecedented way. But good design doesn’t merely aim to disrupt—it should set out to actually build viable solutions. Designers shouldn’t look at a problem and say, “What we’re going to do is just fuck it up and see what happens.” That’s a dereliction of duty.”
design  transportation  history 
14 days ago
I, Maintainer
Muenzenmeyer’s Laws of Open Source Maintenance
programming  opensource  culture 
14 days ago
Has American Politics Hit Rock Bottom? - The Atlantic
“The problem that the Kavanaugh struggle laid bare is not “unvarnished tribalism.” The problem is that women who allege abuse by men still often face male-dominated institutions that do not thoroughly and honestly investigate their claims. That problem is not new; it is very old. What is new is that this injustice now sparks bitter partisan conflict and upends long-standing courtesies. Rape survivors yell at politicians in the Senate halls. The varnish—the attractive, glossy coating that protected male oppression of women—is coming off. Brooks, Collins, and Flake may decry the “tension” this exposes. But, as King understood, the “dark depths of prejudice” can’t be overcome any other way.”
news  politics  history  feminism  race  culture 
15 days ago
How Trump Is Trying—And Failing—To Get Rich Off His Presidency
“For now, though, Trump’s presidency remains a net loser for him, which seems ironic. In not divesting, he set himself up so that his actions, and those of people who engage with his businesses, present perpetual conflicts of interest—or the appearance of them. Meanwhile, if he’d liquidated, paid capital gains tax on his entire fortune and created a blind trust to invest it all in the booming stock market, Trump would be $500 million richer than he is today—without the headaches.”
politics  money 
17 days ago
One Invalid Pseudo Selector Equals an Entire Ignored Selector | CSS-Tricks
This is explains some of the weird pseudo "bugs" I remember seeing
browsers  css  programming 
17 days ago
Apply a Filter to a Background Image | CSS-Tricks
Some interesting uses of multiple backgrounds and blend modes here
webdesign  color  images  css 
21 days ago
Preventing a Grid Blowout | CSS-Tricks
“The real fix isn't all that difficult — we only need to understand what is happening. I can't promise I'm explaining this 100% accurately, but the way I understand it, the minimum width of a grid column is auto. (The same is true for flex items, by the way.)”
layout  css  webdesign  grid 
21 days ago
Why Brands Are Friendly on Social Media - The Atlantic
The bit about software that identifies stuff you own in pictures you post is hella gross
advertising  culture  internet  socialnetworking 
25 days ago
Putting things on top of other things | Tell the machines
“And that is the gist of it: stacking contexts are caused by a variety of properties and the main reasons for their existence are performance concerns and ease of implementation by browsers. They are not always related to z-index or ordering; they pop up wherever it makes sense to have several elements all on the same layer for rendering purposes.”
css  webdesign  z-index 
26 days ago
My favorite design tool. — Ethan Marcotte
“What if someone doesn’t browse the web like I do?”
webdesign  design  empathy 
26 days ago
No, I Will Not Debate You
“As a dear friend once told me, trying to bring someone over to your side by publicly demonstrating that their ideas are bad and that they should feel bad is like trying to teach a goat how to dance: the goat will not learn to dance, and you will make him angry. The ways people actually change their minds is by reading the mood of those around them and then going away and thinking about it, by being given permission to think what they were already thinking, or by being shamed into realizing how ignoble their assumptions always were.”
culture  speech  politics 
4 weeks ago
The "Developer Experience" Bait-and-Switch | Infrequently Noted
“JavaScript is the web’s CO2. We need some of it, but too much puts the entire ecosystem at risk. Those who emit the most are furthest from suffering the consequences — until the ecosystem collapses. The web will not succeed in the markets and form-factors where computing is headed unless we get JS emissions under control.”
javascript  performance  webdesign  programming 
5 weeks ago
The Online Photographer: Best Comment Ever
"The problem is that photography has always been a technical pursuit and the mediating technology required to make a photograph has always threatened to overwhelm it. To quote Donald Kuspit, 'Technology is the last valiant attempt to discredit and devalue the unconscious.... The unconscious is the bête noire in a scientifically and technologically managed world, which is why it must be killed or at least ostracized.' The endless upgrade cycle, the more and more laborious and tedious mastery of imaging software, the solid belief in technical improvement and control as a means to achieve success, all of this leads one further and further away from any possibility of making original or authentic work. This is the bind of the technology treadmill. What it gives, it also takes away. So in digital photography we have an inherent pitfall in the photographic process married to the culturally dominant fixation with technology and control which are themselves obstacles to the unconscious, the very source of creativity itself."

Written by David Comdico (with, of course, a little help from Donald Kuspit).
advice  photography  technology  art 
6 weeks ago
Super-Powered Grid Components with CSS Custom Properties | CSS-Tricks
Clever idea to update custom properties in media queries to change grid areas/columns
css  webdesign  grid  layout  rwd 
6 weeks ago
Could 36-Year-Old Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg Topple Trumpism? – Rolling Stone
“You’ll hear me talk all the time about freedom. Because I think there is a failure on our side if we allow conservatives to monopolize the idea of freedom — especially now that they’ve produced an authoritarian president. But what actually gives people freedom in their lives? The most profound freedoms of my everyday existence have been safeguarded by progressive policies, mostly. The freedom to marry who I choose, for one, but also the freedom that comes with paved roads and stop lights. Freedom from some obscure regulation is so much more abstract. But that’s the freedom that conservatism has now come down to.
Or think about the idea of family, in the context of everyday life. It’s one thing to talk about family values as a theme, or a wedge — but what’s it actually like to have a family? Your family does better if you get a fair wage, if there’s good public education, if there’s good health care when you need it. These things intuitively make sense, but we’re out of practice talking about them.
I also think we need to talk about a different kind of patriotism: a fidelity to American greatness in its truest sense. You think about this as a local official, of course, but a truly great country is made of great communities. What makes a country great isn’t chauvinism. It’s the kinds of lives you enable people to lead. I think about wastewater management as freedom. If a resident of our city doesn’t have to give it a second thought, she’s freer.”
government  politics 
7 weeks ago
Regarding the Em Dash - The Millions
“But is efficiency the point or purpose of writing? It seems to me that novels, especially, are almost anti-efficiency devices. Yes, we want to communicate clearly, but sometimes, just as crucially, we also want to clearly communicate the difficulty of communicating clearly.”
language  writing 
8 weeks ago
Who Does She Think She Is?
Peek through your clammy hands at what women have done and at what they have created despite spending their entire careers fending off trash-mobs and negotiating outright abuse and still getting paid less than they deserve for doing twice the work. Take a look, if you dare, at how many of us are surviving and thriving despite being punished for being a little bit too ambitious, and then ask yourself what we might do if we didn’t have to waste our time on bullshit. Ask yourself how culture might change if the women in it weren’t living under constant, critical surveillance, if we were allowed to be vulnerable, to be difficult, to be strange, to take risks, and to make mistakes.
feminism  sexism  internet  culture 
8 weeks ago
Michael Cohen’s guilty plea: Republicans are doing nothing - Vox
Good roundup of all the nonsense that no one's investigating
news  politics  government 
8 weeks ago
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