Compiling Symbolic Cheat Sheets of CSS Specificity

Had way too much fun doing that title.

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Reading books online

Last Updated: June 11, 2019 I appreciate and admire that these authors put their books on the web for free. By free books, I don’t just mean files you can download, or excerpts on fancy landing pages. They are the actual text formatted as beautiful, functional webpages—redefining our idea of what a book is, and what it means to have free access to the wisdom that comes from it. 

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Design & other dirty words

I’ve been increasingly bothered by the characterization of design lately, which goes a little something like this:

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Choice check

TL;DR: Do people tend to design interfaces with checkboxes even if the behavior actually requires radio buttons, because people are more familiar with check marks? This seems to be a case that pits web standards & usability vs. aesthetics & user experience, which is not a good place to be in. Ever since the first edition of Inside Macintosh in 1984, the rule has been the same for when to […]

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Infographic Interviews, Bill Gates edition

It’s already ultra-cool of The Verge to have Bill Gates taking over as guest editor this February, but besides the much-awaited interview feature, he’s narrating how he envisions technology will solve problems in developing countries by 2030—accompanied by animated infographics. Here’s his take on mobile banking helping the poor: And, animations like this one are interspersed in both the article and video: I’ve seen a few comments saying the animations […]

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Google Material Design kit by Manual

Five months ago I lusted over the gorgeous packet they handed out at this year’s design-focused Google I/O, so it was a wonderful surprise to get my hands on it, thanks to Chelle! I could try to photograph it, but you’re better off looking at shots from the designers themselves, San Francisco-based studio Manual. Our concept was to reinterpret the graphic language of Material Design and present it in a reductive […]

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“We build experiences by manipulating their shadows”

https://beesandbombs.tumblr.com/post/86715464314/more-hexagonscubes “An important part of my design process now happens in the browser, and it has been extremely difficult to make myself work this way. However, as a result, I feel much closer to the ephemeral, flexible, multi-dimensional nature of the things I make. Designing for the Web is like visualizing a tesseract. We build experiences by manipulating their shadows.” Tim Brown Geometry aside, the tesseract reference also gives me […]

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The business of giving a damn

“Here is why The Ninth Watch is an important piece of design. Not because a big ad agency did it, or because it’s a clever media stunt. It’s important because it was designed like someone gave a damn. And not just about the science or the facts–but about you and me. That’s where design starts. And you don’t need to be BBDO to do it.” Finally, Science Branding That Doesn’t […]

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