Posts Tagged ‘strategy’

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  1. 09 Apr, 2018

    In Defense of Breaking the Law

    The inimitable Ethan Marcotte recently wrote an article about the dangers of advising people to pursue certain actions/techniques even if they don’t have permission from their bosses or stakeholders. I’ve noticed a rhetorical trope in our industry. It’s not, like, widespread, […]

  2. 29 Sep, 2015

    This Idea Must Die

    Recently Dave and Chris from Shop Talk Show reached out to me to be a part of an episode called “This Idea Must Die.” They wanted to know the following: We’d like to hear about what idea or thing in […]

  3. 06 Jul, 2015

    Email Responses #2: “Commonly Used Screen Sizes”

    I recently got an email from a company embarking on a responsive redesign project. From the sounds of it, they’re looking to retrofit their existing site and get it out the door fast. Which sounds great, until I read this: […]

  4. 02 Jun, 2015

    Responsive Strategy Illustrations by Stephanie Walter

    Stephanie Walter created some beautiful illustrations based on my post about responsive design strategies. I absolutely love the pooling water around the mobile screen in the retrofitting example, and love the layered shades of blue in the mobile-first example.

  5. 09 Apr, 2015

    Accessibility and Low-Powered Devices

    My wife’s cousin suffers from debilitating migraines. She’s done everything to reduce the migraines’ frequency, from dramatically altering her diet, to trying every available medical treatment, to even moving several times to different climates. Because of her condition, she has to minimize […]

  6. 22 Jan, 2015

    Over It

    Two days ago, I got a call from a friendly guy from Microsoft. He told me they were planning on announcing a new browser at their big Windows 10 unveiling event. We had a long chat about the new browser, […]

  7. 02 Dec, 2014

    What It Takes to Build a Website

    Drew McClellen, creator of the wonderful 24 Ways project, kicked off this year’s calendar with a great post about what it takes to make a website in this day in age. Drew asked a few people’s opinions on the topic, […]

  8. 18 Oct, 2014

    Prepping the right thing

    Emil Björklund wrote a very thoughtful follow-up post to my Primed and Ready to Go post about front-end prep work. Emil clarifies that it’s while it’s important to prepare as much as possible, it’s dangerous to jump in and start […]

  9. 26 May, 2014


    Our eyes are amazingly complex systems, so naturally they’ve been a favorite topic for evolutionary biologists and other scientists for quite some time. Our eyes produce multiple visual systems that give our brains information that help us interpret our surroundings. […]

  10. 25 Feb, 2014

    Responsive Strategy

    Right now around 11 or 12% of the top 100,000 sites are responsive, and no doubt that number is slated to rise over the next few years. As the people in the depraved cat-skinning business say, “there’s more than one […]

  11. 24 Sep, 2013

    Planning for Content Beyond the Web

    Here’s Dave Olsen with a fantastic read about thinking about and creating future friendly content. The problem is that, even when using responsive design, the content on our websites isn’t really able “to go everywhere.” Responsive web design only affects […]

  12. 27 Jun, 2013

    Mobile Web Problems and How to Avoid Them

    Two years ago Jen Simmons (@jensimmons) and I made a site called WTF Mobile Web, a Tumblr which highlights the frustrations mobile web users regularly experience. While the site is a bit cheeky, the goal isn’t to cut anybody down, […]

  13. 25 Feb, 2013

    It Doesn’t Matter

    Theresa Neil posted some slides rounding up some navigation patterns for retail mobile sites. Theresa made the amazing Mobile Design Pattern Gallery, which is a fantastic resource and was insanely helpful for me when I started making the responsive pattern […]

  14. 10 Feb, 2013

    Where To Start

    Here’s some great advice from Trent Walton. Consider responsiveness from the beginning, shift your mentality and your process, and rethink every aspect of how you approach content, design and development.

  15. 28 Jan, 2013

    Setting a Performance Budget

    Here’s Tim Kadlec riffing on my post about Performance As Design with a really clever idea: setting a performance budget. A performance budget is just what it sounds like: you set a “budget” on your page and do not allow […]

  16. 13 Aug, 2012

    The Many Faces of ‘Mobile First’

    We see the phrase ‘mobile first’ everywhere. Luke Wroblewski definitely struck a nerve when he coined the phrase a few years ago and created an important battle cry as we head into this multi-screen future. Luke’s definition of mobile first […]

  17. 05 Mar, 2012

    On Strategy

    Kristofer Layon wrote a wonderful post called Why content strategy is always more important than web and mobile strategies, which reminds us that sometimes the best strategies don’t necessary involve mobile, apps, social channels, or even the web. This is […]

  18. 02 Mar, 2012

    Planting the Seed for a Responsive Future

    Stephanie Rieger has a beautiful post called Responsive Is a Characteristic, which is a fantastic reminder that responsiveness should be an important component of any project, even if it’s not a full-blown, certified-organic responsive experience. This is what I tend […]