Mental Illness in the Web Industry

The picture of the tortured artist has endured for centuries: creative geniuses who struggle with their metaphorical demons and don’t relate to life the same way as most people. Today, we know some of this can be attributed to mental illness: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and many others. Source: Mental Illness in the Web Industry

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10 Creative Products Made Out Of Recycled Wine Bottle

Things made out of re-proposed items aren’t new anymore. However, not anyone is good at it but you still can contributing to the recycled art via purchasing some well crafted items made out of such items. Wine bottle recycling is a good example. Source: 10 Creative Products Made Out Of Recycled Wine Bottle

12 Office Supplies You Need For Your Startup

People say that all you need to run a successful business is capital and determination, but it helps if you have an office equipped with the right supplies. A well-stocked office means more efficient operations and fewer unnecessary hassles. Source: 12 Office Supplies You Need For Your Startup

Faux Grid Tracks

A little while back, there was a question posted to css-discuss: Is it possible to style the rows and columns of a [CSS] grid—the grid itself? I have an upcoming layout that uses what looks like a tic-tac-toe board—complete with the vertical and horizontal lines of said tic-tac-toe board—with text/icon in each grid cell. This … Continue reading Faux Grid Tracks

Working with External User Researchers: Part I

You’ve got an idea or perhaps some rough sketches, or you have a fully formed product nearing launch. Or maybe you’ve launched it already. Regardless of where you are in the product lifecycle, you know you need to get input from users. You have a few sound options to get this input: use a full-time … Continue reading Working with External User Researchers: Part I

5 Unbelievable Bathroom Makeovers Under $2,000

"Before and After" makeovers are such guilty pleasures—what's more gratifying than fast-forwarding through all the hard work, and just seeing (and getting to comment on) the final result? Throw in a very small budget, and they become especially delicious food for thought. Source: 5 Unbelievable Bathroom Makeovers Under $2,000

Owning the Role of the Front-End Developer

When I started working as a web developer in 2009, I spent most of my time crafting HTML/CSS layouts from design comps. My work was the final step of a linear process in which designers, clients, and other stakeholders made virtually all of the decisions. Whether I was working for an agency or as a … Continue reading Owning the Role of the Front-End Developer

The Best Request Is No Request, Revisited

Over the last decade, web performance optimization has been controlled by one indisputable guideline: the best request is no request. A very humble rule, easy to interpret. Every network call for a resource eliminated improves performance. Every src attribute spared, every link element dropped. But everything has changed now that HTTP/2 is available, hasn’t it? … Continue reading The Best Request Is No Request, Revisited

We Write CSS Like We Did in the 90s, and Yes, It’s Silly

As web developers, we marvel at technology. We enjoy the many tools that help with our work: multipurpose editors, frameworks, libraries, polyfills and shims, content management systems, preprocessors, build and deployment tools, development consoles, production monitors—the list goes on. Our delight in these tools is so strong that no one questions whether a small website … Continue reading We Write CSS Like We Did in the 90s, and Yes, It’s Silly

Discovery on a Budget: Part II

Welcome to the second installment of the “Discovery on a Budget” series, in which we explore how to conduct effective discovery research when there is no existing data to comb through, no stakeholders to interview, and no slush fund to draw upon. Source: Discovery on a Budget: Part II

Design Like a Teacher

In 2014, the clinic where I served as head of communications and digital strategy switched to a new online patient portal, a change that was mandated by the electronic health record (EHR) system we used. The company that provides the EHR system held several meetings for the COO and me to learn the new tool … Continue reading Design Like a Teacher

My Accessibility Journey: What I’ve Learned So Far

Last year I gave a talk about CSS and accessibility at the stahlstadt.js meetup in Linz, Austria. Afterward, an attendee asked why I was interested in accessibility: Did I or someone in my life have a disability? I’m used to answering this question—to which the answer is no—because I get it all the time. A … Continue reading My Accessibility Journey: What I’ve Learned So Far

CSS: The Definitive Guide, 4th Edition

A note from the editors: We’re pleased to share an excerpt from Chapter 19 (“Filters, Blending, Clipping, and Masking”) of CSS: The Definitive Guide, 4th Edition by Eric Meyer and Estelle Weyl, available now from O’Reilly. In addition to filtering, CSS offers the ability to determine how elements are composited together. Take, for example, two … Continue reading CSS: The Definitive Guide, 4th Edition

Why Mutation Can Be Scary

A note from the editors: This article contain sample lessons from Learn JavaScript, a course that helps you learn JavaScript to build real-world components from scratch. To mutate means to change in form or nature. Something that’s mutable can be changed, while something that’s immutable cannot be changed. To understand mutation, think of the X-Men. … Continue reading Why Mutation Can Be Scary

How the Sausage Gets Made: The Hidden Work of Content

I won an Emmy for keeping a website free of dick pics. Officially, my award certificate says I was on a team that won a 2014 Emmy for Interactive Media, Social TV Experience. The category “Social TV Experience” sounds far classier than my true contribution to the project. The award-winning Live From Space site served … Continue reading How the Sausage Gets Made: The Hidden Work of Content

The King vs. Pawn Game of UI Design

If you want to improve your UI design skills, have you tried looking at chess? I know it sounds contrived, but hear me out. I’m going to take a concept from chess and use it to build a toolkit of UI design strategies. By the end, we’ll have covered color, typography, lighting and shadows, and … Continue reading The King vs. Pawn Game of UI Design

Planning for Accessibility

A note from the editors: We’re pleased to share an excerpt from Chapter 3 (“Planning for Accessibility") of Laura Kalbag's new book, Accessibility for Everyone, available now from A Book Apart. Incorporating accessibility from the beginning is almost always easier, more effective, and less expensive than making accessibility improvements as a separate project. In fact, … Continue reading Planning for Accessibility

No More FAQs: Create Purposeful Information for a More Effective User Experience

It’s normal for your website users to have recurring questions and need quick access to specific information to complete … whatever it is they came looking for. Many companies still opt for the ubiquitous FAQ (frequently asked/anticipated questions) format to address some or even all information needs. But FAQs often miss the mark because people … Continue reading No More FAQs: Create Purposeful Information for a More Effective User Experience

Feedback That Gives Focus

I have harbored a lifelong dislike of feedback. I didn’t like it in sixth grade when a kid on the bus told me my brand new sneakers were “too bright.” And I didn’t like it when a senior executive heard my pitch for a digital project and said, “I hate this idea.” Turns out my … Continue reading Feedback That Gives Focus

Art of the Ampersand

Art of the Ampersand: 35 Creative Examples of The ‘&’ Character (Spoon Graphics)

The Ampersand is loved by all types of creatives! Its shape has evolved into a variety of styles since it was conceived as a ligature of the letters 'e' and 't' from the Latin 'et' for 'and'. You can find a range of ampersand designs across different fonts and typefaces, from cursive script variants to ...