Before you go worrying about how to minify every last library or shave tests out of Modernizr, try and see if you can remove just one photo from your design. It will make a bigger difference.
A Blog Apart
In a 60-minute video from An Event Apart, Scott Berkun tackles designer disempowerment. He discusses how power actually works, and why developing salesmanship skills is a must, even if your job isn't public-facing.
The makers of Forecast.io struggle to explain the concept of "installing" web apps. (Spoiler: They succeed.)
A couple resources to manage your styles — csscss helps eliminate redundancies and Helium looks for un-used styles.
After months of hibernation, the personal site of ALA's brilliant illustrator Kevin Cornell has come roaring back to life. Narrow fixed-width text column with responsive nav? We love it.
Mobile First author Luke Wroblewski shares the clever (and often counterintuitive) tactics he used in designing Polar, an addictive web-based mobile app.
Kevin Sharon discusses the timeless value of pencil sketching for design work. "I use pencils, pens, and markers as the core of my design process."
“People spend 24% of their gaze time looking at the URLs in the search results … If the URL looks like garbage, people are less likely to click on [it].”
Following up on his A List Apart article on device APIs, Tim Wright demonstrates ambient light detection using the Nexus 7.
Our good friend PPK has some thoughts on the news that Google will be using a new rendering engine for Chromium called Blink. Blink is a fork of WebKit, so there's no fear that major rendering changes are going to take place in the near future, but it's something we should all be paying attention to as Blink starts to forge its own path.