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  • 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.

  • Show Your Work: Demonstrating Progress on Your Projects

    by Eileen Webb · · 11 Comments

    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how actual progress on a project doesn’t always match the impression of progress—sometimes a lot of code has changed but nothing looks very different, while other times a small change in code gives the sense that the whole project has moved leaps and bounds.

  • An Excellent Week

    by Tim Murtaugh · · 3 Comments

    A couple of big announcements are making the rounds this week: Google advises progressive enhancement and the W3C publishes an official HTML5 recommendation.

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  • Initiation to Code

    by Alice Mottola · 8 Comments

    The best person to mentor junior developers turns out to be: you. Mentoring can be a powerful tool for guiding and nurturing new hires, but it also benefits you—and your organization—by encouraging collaboration and curiosity in your everyday work. Alice Mottola offers guidance (and a little agile structure) for approaching the mentoring process—and shows how it can build better code and better engineers.

  • Let Links Be Links

    by Ross Penman · 16 Comments

    The notion of the web as an application platform has never been more popular. Single-page frameworks like Ember and Angular make it easy to create complex applications that offer richer, more robust experiences than traditional websites can. But this benefit comes at a cost. Ross Penman tells us what we can do about it.

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Between the intricacies of documentation and the risk of wielding too much power over the browser, WAI-ARIA can be daunting. For the dev uncertain on how to fold accessibility best practices into their daily workflow, Lyza Gardner sets out to summarize one category of roles—the landmark roles. They help user agents map out the territories on a page so the user can navigate them with greater ease, and they’re a great place to start getting familiar with ARIA’s part in assistive technology.

Laura Kalbag on Freelance Design

The Illusion of Free

The number of predictions that algorithms can make about us from even minimal data is shocking. Although we’re offered privacy settings that let us control who of our friends sees what, all our information and behavior tends to be fair game for behind-the-scenes tracking. We simply don’t know everything that’s being done with our data currently, and what companies might be able—and willing—to do with it in the future. Laura Kalbag believes it’s time to locate the exits.