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  • Getting Started with Gulp

    by Jeff Lembeck · · 9 Comments

    While building JavaScript related projects (whether server side via Node.js or front-end libraries), a build tool to help easily maintain and automate many of the processes—including testing, concatenating files, minification, compiling templates, as well as many other options—can be incredibly useful.

  • Learning to be Accessible

    by Susan Robertson · · 8 Comments

    I’m trying to be learn more about accessibility these days. Thinking about it more, reading about it some, and generally being aware as I write code what I should and shouldn't do in that arena.

  • The Only Constant is Change: A Q&A with Ethan Marcotte

    by Sara Wachter-Boettcher, Ethan Marcotte · · 4 Comments

    A new edition of Responsive Web Design is here. To celebrate, A List Apart’s editor-in-chief, Sara Wachter-Boettcher, sat down with author Ethan Marcotte to talk about what’s new—and what’s next.

  • Blue Beanie Day 14: Toque ’em if You’ve Got ’em

    by Ethan Marcotte · · 3 Comments

    On Sunday, November 30, web designers and developers across the globe will celebrate Blue Beanie Day 2014, wearing a blue beanie to show their support for web standards. Join in!

  • Driving Phantom from Grunt

    by Jeff Lembeck · · 4 Comments

    For this example, we're going to build a Grunt task that takes a screen shot of the pages we're building (similar to Wraith, but far less advanced). There are multiple parts to make this work, so let's break it down. First, we will write a PhantomJS script that renders each page. Second, we make a NodeJS function that calls this script. Finally, we make a GruntJS task that calls that Node function. Fun!

  • Destroying Your Enemies Through the Magic of Design

    by Jenny Lam / Hillel Cooperman ·

    Hierarchical organizations large and small are rife with politics. In fact, the smaller the stakes, the more vicious they can be. Political organizations are ones where what things look like are just as, or more, important as what you actually do.

  • Knowledge vs. Intelligence

    by Anthony Colangelo · · 9 Comments

    About a week ago, I was running into major issues during development of one of my side projects. After a few nights working to resolve whatever was breaking, I was getting frustrated with my lack of progress.

  • That Pixel Design is so Hot Right Now

    by Justin Dauer · · 8 Comments

    It’s no secret that pixel art is experiencing a resurgence—just look at video games like Mojang’s Minecraft and Superbrothers’ Sword & Sworcery. Justin Dauer of The Dead Pixel Society invites you to join the fun of exploring this old-meets-new medium.

  • Overwhelmed by Code

    by Susan Robertson · · 34 Comments

    There is a constant pressure to learn new things and keep up with all the latest ideas: new frameworks, new platforms, new ideas of how to write code, they just keep coming out. In addition, the ebb and flow of what is desired from a front-end developer keeps changing. It used to be that knowing CSS and HTML was enough, then jQuery came along, then responsive techniques, then Node.js and then Angular, Ember, etc., etc., etc. That list, right there, it tires me out.

  • Why Responsive Images Matter

    by Mat Marquis · · 12 Comments

    Building enormous websites means us shifting the burden of our mistakes onto every single user that visits our site. It’s us saying that we’re willing to build something that isn’t for some users, because that’s most comfortable for us—no different from “best viewed in Internet Explorer 5.5” or “best viewed at 600x800,” but much more costly.

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  • The Specialist-Generalist Balance

    by Garin Evans · 7 Comments

    Specialists? Generalists? It’s not a question of which is better, but about finding the right mix for your team and your work. Specialists offer valuable expertise, but over-reliance on specialization isn’t always good for workflow—too many niches can lead to silos, bottlenecks, and poor communication. Garin Evans recommends that, instead, we build teams that play off the best traits of specialists and generalists, encouraging collaboration and innovation as we go.

  • A New Way to Listen

    by Indi Young · 5 Comments

    Empathy can have an enormous impact on how we work. By learning to better understand others—what they think, how they feel, what guides their decisions and behaviors—we add balance, clarity, and depth to our business practices. In this excerpt from Chapter 4 of Practical Empathy, Indi Young explains how listening intently can lay the groundwork for developing empathy.

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