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- The Pastry Box Project, Scott Jehl, Friday, 7 March 2014
Scott writes an absolutely spot-on skewering of the idea that progressive enhancement means you're going to spend your time catering to older browsers. The opposite is true. > Progressive Enhancement frees us to focus on the costs of building features for modern browsers, without worrying much about leaving anyone out. With a strongly qualified codebase, older browser support comes nearly for free.
- If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel - A tediously accurate map of the solar system
A lovely visualisation that combines two of my loves: space, and the correct use of the subjunctive.
- Can This Alternative Smartphone Deliver Real Privacy to the Masses? | Co.Exist | ideas + impact
Fast Company features Aral's tantalising Indie Phone project that he's been working on at Clearleft Towers. Good to see Oskar the dog getting the recognition he deserves. > On the top floor of a commercial building in the old maritime city of Brighton, England, Balkan has been quietly hacking away at Indie Phone for the last several months with the rest of his team--Victor Johansson, an industrial designer, Laura Kalbag, a professional web designer (and Balkan's partner), and her Husky, Oskar.
- Aerotwist - My Performance Audit Workflow
Excellent tips and tools from Google's Paul Lewis on performance testing.
- Mosaic - Wellcome Trust
I did some consulting with the Wellcome Trust on this new magazine-like project, and it's great to see it go live--excellent stories of science, all published under a Creative Commons licence.
- Mobile-first and IE8 Solution – Introducing grunt-legacssy (Updated) | Robin Plus
A handy way of automating the creation of old-IE stylesheets using Grunt. This follows on from Jake's work in using preprocessors and conditional comments to send a different stylesheet to IE8 and below--one that doesn't contain media queries. It's a clever way of creating mobile-first responsive sites that still provide large-screen styles to older versions of IE.
- CSS A/Z
The alphabet illustrated with CSS.
- Node School in Brighton
Tom is running a Node School at 68 Middle Street on the evening of March 27th. I plan to attend and finally wrap my head around all this Node stuff.
- 4 Million Ravelers
A lovely bit of data celebration from Ravelry on the occasion of their 4 millionth user. I've said it before and I'll say it again: if you want to see a successful example of a real social networking site, don't look at Facebook; look at Ravelry.
- Platformed. — Unstoppable Robot Ninja
The importance of long-term thinking in web design. I love this description of the web: > a truly fluid, *chaotic* design medium serving millions of imperfect clients
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