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  • 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.

  • The Death of the Web Design Agency?

    by Jeffrey Zeldman · · 17 Comments

    In The Pastry Box Project today, Greg Hoy of Happy Cog talks honestly about why the first quarter of this year sucked for most web design agencies (including ours), assesses the new and growing long-term threats to the agency business model, and shares his thinking on what we in the client services design business can do to survive, and maybe even thrive.

  • Easy Color Contrast Testing

    by Jenn Lukas · · 6 Comments

    We have plenty of considerations to design for when crafting web sites. Web accessibility is not a new design consideration, but is still very important, no matter the size or speed of device we’re testing on.

  • The Heartbleed Bug (or: You Should Consider SSL Unsafe for a While)

    by Tim Murtaugh · · 1 Comment

    If you run (or even visit) a server using SSL, you need to know about this bug.

  • Network Performance Testing

    by Anthony Colangelo · · 5 Comments

    It’s extremely likely that sometime in 2014, the number of internet users will pass 3 billion. Not surprisingly, the largest areas of growth are developing markets—predominantly Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. These markets are being flooded with mobile devices small and large, fast and slow, smart or otherwise.

  • Bringing Responsive Images to Browsers

    by Mat Marquis · · 18 Comments

    After almost three years in pursuit of a standardized solution to the problem of responsive images, the Responsive Images Community Group is excited to announce that the picture element is officially coming to a browser near you. Once it lands, we’ll see the trend toward massive, bandwidth-heavy responsive websites begin to slow—and hopefully, reverse—over time.

  • Content-out Layout: the Resources

    by Nathan Ford · · 4 Comments

    The method I outlined in my recent article, “Content-out Layout,” is actually the culmination of quite a few different influences. If you’re interested in a deep dive, I have compiled this list of the most useful thinking on the web about ratios, grids, and fluid design. Enjoy!

  • Save Your Eyes with f.lux

    by Anthony Colangelo · · 8 Comments

    I never thought I felt eye strain from looking at big, bright screens all day—I thought my young eyes were invincible. Then I started getting sharp headaches at the end of every day, and I realized I needed to change something.

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  • Axiomatic CSS and Lobotomized Owls

    by Heydon Pickering · 49 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 · 4 Comments

    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.

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