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  • Ten Years Ago in ALA: Art Direction and Drop Shadows

    by Mike Pick ·

    Ten years ago in May, A List Apart published Issues 180–182, featuring Art Direction and the Web by Stephen Hay and Onion Skinned Drop Shadows by Brian Williams.

  • Global Accessibility Awareness Day: Getting the Word Out

    by Andrew Kirkpatrick · · 1 Comment

    Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day. To mark the day and promote the goal of the day, groups of developers and designers interested in accessibility offer webinars, presentations, and networking events to interest and educate more people about why accessibility is important and how to address accessibility in web content, documents, and software.

  • “Dear FCC,”

    Every voice counts! Please share your thoughts with the FCC before they vote later today to destroy net neutrality. This is an issue of justice and access. Save our shared web and help ensure that others can access it.

  • Design Tools for Today’s Web

    by Anthony Colangelo · · 23 Comments

    There’s no arguing that the Creative Suite applications are powerful, feature-rich, and have the intangible value of being industry standards, but as browsers became more advanced and rendering shifted from images to native CSS, the old, established applications fell out of step. The time was ripe for an application that was built, from the ground up, focused on the new era of interface design. And that’s when I found Sketch.

  • Moving Forward with CSS Shapes

    by Sara Soueidan ·

    If you liked my CSS Shapes 101 article last week and are as excited about CSS Shapes as I am, then you may find a list of resources to dig deeper into CSS Shapes useful. In this post, I’m going to share with you some resources that can help you dig deeper into CSS Shapes that I’ve compiled (and written) over the time I’ve been working with Shapes.

  • A Different Letter to a Junior Designer

    by Andrew Clarke · · 12 Comments

    What should a junior designer know? Andrew Clarke responds to Cennydd Bowles’ “Letter to a Junior Designer” with his own suggestions for creating, improving, and selling your ideas.

  • Responsive Design: The Picture Element Comes of Age

    by Jeffrey Zeldman · · 1 Comment

    Big news! The Filament Group has released a new version of Picturefill that will make the real picture element work in existing browsers, which means you can start using picture today.

  • Syntax Highlighting Outside Your Editor

    by Anthony Colangelo · · 7 Comments

    Whether you’re giving a talk, sharing work with your team, or presenting work to your clients, there comes a time when you’ll need to show code outside of a text editor. Copying and pasting code from a text editor to say, Keynote, is an easy process. The difficulties come in when you want to preserve syntax highlighting, which is crucial to bringing code to life.

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Issue № 406 ·

  • Axiomatic CSS and Lobotomized Owls

    by Heydon Pickering · 13 Comments

    Managing flow content can get unwieldy—too many class selectors can become a specificity headache, nested styling can get redundant, and content editors don’t always understand the presentational markup. Heydon Pickering offers an unexpected option for handling cascading styles more efficiently: a variation on the universal selector.

  • The Specialized Web: Working with Subject-Matter Experts

    by Amanda Costello · 1 Comment

    Content strategists often rely on the specialized knowledge of subject-matter experts (SMEs) to get the job done. But that job isn’t always straightforward; it’s complicated by different perspectives, communication styles, and project goals. Amanda Costello shows us how people skills—and the right mindset—can lead to better collaboration with SMEs and a smoother process from start to finish.

Recent Columns

Nishant Kothary on the Human Web

The Politics of Feedback

We’re obsessive about collecting input from a wide range of potential users and stakeholders. But with such an onslaught of feedback, there’s always a risk of having your motivation and faith in humanity sucked right out of you. Sometimes, you just need calm critique from the few people who really get you. So which kind of feedback is best? The answer is both.

Laura Kalbag on Freelance Design

Breaking Stuff

Designers may do CSS, but not JavaScript. Some may do JavaScript, but draw the line at git. Some may be willing to use git with a graphical interface, but not with Terminal. When we get out of our comfort zone, it’s great to have a safety net so we can learn without breaking stuff too badly.