Posts Tagged ‘web development’

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  1. 02 Mar, 2020

    Rolling Code Standards

    Well-documented code guidelines and standards are absolutely critical for creating consistent, cohesive code together. Especially in the context of creating a design system’s component library, it’s crucial to establish consistent API and code conventions to create an excellent user developers’ […]

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  2. 15 Jan, 2020

    Goodbye, Clean Code

    Good read about letting “clean code” go. As the years go by, I increasingly err on the side of legibility over cleanliness. Sure, things could likely be tightened up, but does it really matter? If the code works, then there’s […]

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  3. 13 Jan, 2020

    Overcomplicatin’

    Here are a few random stories from my last couple weeks of work. We have a datepicker field that has a calendar SVG icon sitting on top of the field. There was an issue where clicking the icon wasn’t triggering […]

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  4. 09 Dec, 2019

    Level of Effort

    I’m always amazed by the level of effort involved in web design/development. Adding a simple button to a UI can translate to weeks or even months of work. Behind every little bit of UI is a giant iceberg of technology […]

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  5. 02 Dec, 2019

    Music and Web Design

    There are a lot of parallels between music and web design/development. Here’s how I see it: Art and science Call it the difference between Type A vs Type B personalities. Or Right brain vs left brain. Or whatever other split […]

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  6. 17 Jul, 2019

    Frontend Design, React, and a Bridge over the Great Divide

    Frontend designers create the HTML, CSS, and presentational JavaScript code that powers web products’ user interfaces. I see frontend design as helpful mortar that bridges the gap between design and development. Of course “frontend designer” may or may not be […]

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  7. 12 Apr, 2019

    Split

    I think this post and The Great Divide are two of the most important reads about the state of frontend web development right now.

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  8. 03 Apr, 2019

    Dev perception

    When we’re evaluating technologies for appropriateness, I hope that we will do so through the lens of what’s best for users, not what we feel compelled to use based on a gnawing sense of irrelevancy driven by the perceived popularity […]

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  9. 29 Mar, 2019

    Enforcing Accessibility Best Practices with Automatically-Generated IDs

    One of the best things about design systems is you can create components that have design, development, accessibility, responsive, performance, etc best practices baked right into them. By taking care of the boring stuff, users of the design system don’t […]

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  10. 16 Feb, 2019

    Application Holotypes: A Guide to Architecture Decisions

    I love this classification of different kinds of web applications. It takes a more nuanced view of “sites vs apps”. I’d love to see this turned into a full-blown site with additional holotypes (airline, hotel chain, etc).

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  11. 01 Nov, 2018

    A Frontend Workshop Environment

    Where do you build UI code? That sounds like a dumb question, but it’s a deceptively important one. There’s a few ways to do it: UI code is authored within your application environment. If you’re working on a WordPress or Drupal […]

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  12. 25 Jan, 2016

    Performance Budget Builder

    Performance budgets are awesome. So I made a thing to help you make performance budgets. The Performance Budget builder lets you lay out your template types, set a size budget for each template type, then plug in the sizes for each […]

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  13. 03 Aug, 2015

    If we stand still, we go backwards

    Jake Archibald (@jaffathecake) wrote a really fantastic piece about progress and the Web, in response to a post by PPK (@ppk) called Stop moving the Web forward. PPK is concerned about the flood of features for Web developers to wrap […]

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  14. 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 […]

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  15. 16 Oct, 2014

    Primed and Ready to Go

    It’s absolutely essential to treat front-end development as part of the design process. However, the (foolish, artificial) line between design and development “phases” gets in the way of true collaboration between disciplines. This often isn’t due to any malicious intent, […]

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  16. 03 May, 2010

    How to Land Your First Job as a Web Designer/Developer

    A few weeks ago I had the great opportunity to travel to my Alma mater to give advice to graduating seniors in the SMAD program. As students are gearing up for graduation and heading out into the workforce, I want […]

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  17. 10 Nov, 2009

    HTML5 Resources, Examples, and Demos

    A helpful list of HTML5 Resources to get started exploring the exciting future of the web and its architecture. Learn about new html5’s new tags and new functionality.

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  18. 10 Apr, 2009

    The Importance of Temporary Landing Pages

    Website builds can be lengthy and involved processes.  Designers can easily develop tunnel vision focusing on the final build that they forget about the importance of a strong landing page to keep users happy in the meantime.  Gone are the […]

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  19. 16 Dec, 2008

    Essential Web Development Firefox Extentions

    Web development without Firefox plugins is like building a fire with a flint when there’s a perfectly good military-grade flamethrower lying right beside you. These are the little guys that make my job and life that much easier. Web Developer […]

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