19 March 2019
A great resource from Dave Rupert, whose work on accessible components I’ve been meaning to write about since I saw his talk “The Four Devine Beasts of Accessibility” at An Event Apart last August.
It came to mind as I prepare to code a navigation menu with dropdown submenus in the most accessible way I can for a client project.
Dave has also written about the ideas behind creating these cards, and provided a few working demos.
18 March 2019Very cool free, web-based tool which detects a photo’s background and removes it, leaving only the subject on a transparent canvas.
17 March 2019
A Book Apart have a new book – Everyday Information Architecture by Lisa Maria Martin.
I love this promotional website for the book, created by Mat Marquis. It’s a really simple but striking design.
12 March 2019
@beep writes: “WebAIM has published an accessibility analysis of the top one million home pages and the results are abysmal”.
To address the issue he recommends we start small (picking up new accessibility tips regularly) and work together.
I agree. The web is supposed to be universal. We developers – or more accurately developers, designers, managers i.e. all of us – need to up our collective game to get things back on track.
I’ve always been interested in web accessibility and tried to do my best… but I can do better. I’ve just subscribed to David Kennedy’s A11y Weekly newsletter and plan to work through some sections of https://a11yproject.com/ as soon as possible.
12 March 2019
Brooklyn-based designer and music nerd Rob Weychert has created a lovely “live music diary” website, featuring information about nearly every show he has attended. It’s browsable by genre, artist, venue, city, state, and year.
It also features a ton of interesting design, animation and layout features.
He has also recently written about how he used CSS Grid to create a complex, poster-style layout for gig listings.
12 March 2019
Good, straightforward coaching video by Tom Lodziak.
The effects of long pimps are a little counter-intuitive, but they are predictable.
- Chops come to you with heavy backspin.
- Blocks come to you floaty / spin-free.
- Pushes come floaty or with a little topspin.
So here are some tactics:
- topspin your first shot, then when you get a chop back (it’ll be heavier-than-expected backspin);
- push your second shot, then when you get a push back (it’ll be float or even light topspin);
- attack strongly with a flatter topspin.
The recipe for success is to practice against players with long pimps!
10 March 2019
In this article, Scott Jehl suggests managing performance differently for new and returning visitors and that we could use a service worker (rather than a cookie) as a means of having the browser tell the server which category the request falls under.
26 February 2019
Now this is great. Even though I’m now using CSS Grid fairly regularly there are still aspects of the syntax that I hadn’t fully wrapped my head around. This visual representation really helps!
12 February 2019
Here’s a useful reference from MDN to use when compiling your site’s favicon and other icons (apple touch etc) at the right sizes for your
08 February 2019
In all my years of spinning up "HTML Typographic Elements” lists for designers to reference, I didn’t realise that the W3C provide the very thing I needed in their HTML Element Sampler page. This will be handy for ensuring that all elements are covered when creating type styles and pattern libraries.