Stellify, realigned

It’s taken me ages, but I’ve tidied up a bit around here. Welcome to the new-ish, old-ish Stellify: let me show you around.

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Plot twist: not a speaker

If you’ve seen my updated Twitter bio lately, it reads like that. Here’s a little more context behind it.

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Code is poetical science

“You will not concede me philosophical poetry. Invert the order! Will you give me poetical philosophy, poetical science?” Ada Lovelace in a letter to her mother

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Summarize & visualize your year on social media

As another year winds down, the major social networks have gone and partially liberated the information they collect about us in the form of a prettified year in review. Several years back, you had to manually and intentionally enter data to produce such reports. Bespoke ones are still the loveliest of course, with Nicholas Feltron’s leading the pack. But now that there’s an app for checking in to everything—from music […]

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The 2013 Blogging Scene

I’ve stood by WordPress for the longest time but that doesn’t mean I don’t keep tabs on the new shiny things. I’ve mentioned Svbtle, Jux, and Medium—before it adapted a more typographic design. Ghost, said to be the next WP contender (I heard that about Anchor before) is the most buzzy one these days now that it’s finally launched to the general public. But the list is a lot longer […]

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Underscores

WordPress feels like a distant planet these days. I’ve been concentrating so much on front end development that I can barely recall building with it even as recently as several months ago, and this included redesigning Stellify after four years. So as I went back to WP for a couple of projects, a blog for a web app and a company site without a blog, it was time to survey […]

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Ideas of March

I came across the Ideas of March before, probably last year, but the time had passed and I had forgotten about it. It popped up in my stream again today, on the last day of the month instead of the 15th. Better late than having to wait for next year!

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Svbtlety

When I first caught wind of Svbtle by Dustin Curtis, I immediately wanted to sign up and try out its features but found it was extremely exclusive—an elite circle of the best minds in tech and design, in fact. Fast forward to today, I ran into this project that transforms any WordPress installation into a Svbtle-like interface. That’s on top of Obtvse, Essence of Blogging, and several more others. People […]

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Singular vs. plural categories

I recently worked on a site redesign that features different blogs in its posts. The site also used plural forms for category names, which to me felt unfriendly in describing individual sites. For example: “Pet365, a pet blog” seems more human and appropriate than “Pet365, filed under Pet Blogs” If people are lobbying for more readable hyperlinks with URL sentences and relative/fuzzy date formats are commonplace these days, I believe […]

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Design + code + words for a better web, made in the Philippines by Sophia Lucero.