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  • Coming June 16: Pattern Language

    by Ethan Marcotte ·

    Style guides can help streamline workflows for a multi-device web. Join us for our third ALA: On Air event on June 16, when Nathan Curtis, Daniel Ferro, Cyd Harrell, and Sophie Shepherd will discuss how we can best incorporate pattern-driven design into our work.

  • Picturefill Me In

    by Jeff Lembeck · · 2 Comments

    What's new with responsive images? There's an important improvement in the latest version of Picturefill. Jeff Lembeck has all the details on why you should upgrade right away.

  • We (Still) Have Work to Do

    by Sara Wachter-Boettcher · · 20 Comments

    One year ago today, we wrote “we have work to do,” and we said we were making the web industry’s diversity problem our problem. We’re far from fixing everything at ALA, but from our editing processes to our recruitment to our messaging, we’ve been pushing ourselves to prioritize inclusivity. Editor-in-chief Sara Wachter-Boettcher discusses what we’ve been working on, where we can do better, and why it’s important to share our challenges.

  • On Our Radar: The Empty Space That Is Not Empty

    by ALA Staff ·

    The staff of A List Apart presents their biweekly recommended-reading list, chock-full of goodies about progressive enhancement, lettershapes, hamburger menus, and our favorite moving picture (at least until the next cat-squeezed-into-a-tiny-box gif).

  • 15 Years Ago in ALA: Much Ado About 5K

    by Jeffrey Zeldman · · 7 Comments

    15 years ago this month, a plucky ALA staffer wrote “Much Ado About 5K,” an article on a contest created by Stewart Butterfield that challenged web designers and developers to build a complete website using less than 5K of images and code. As one group of modern web makers embraces mobile-first design and performance budgets, while another (the majority) worships at the altar of bigger, fatter, and slower, the 5K contest reminds us that a byte saved is a follower earned.

  • Practicing Empathy With Teams

    by Susan Robertson · · 7 Comments

    We talk a lot about having empathy for our users, but what about having empathy for each other? Susan Robertson describes how, as a developer, she practices empathy with her teammates.

  • On Our Radar: What Engineers Look Like

    by ALA Staff ·

    If you were too buried in work this week to read the internet, don’t worry: the staff of A List Apart read it for you. Catch up with this week’s On Our Radar, featuring our new favorite Instagram account, Mozilla’s latest mission, Twitter bots, and more.

  • Article Update: Don’t Rely on Default `sizes`

    by Eric Portis ·

    The responsive images spec has changed. Eric Portis updates us on what's new since “Responsive Images in Practice” and shows how to handle sizes moving forward.

  • Content-First Design

    by Steph Hay · · 12 Comments

    Video game designers start with the story. What would our work look like if we did too? Steph Hay advocates for a content-first approach to design and walks through how to start prototyping your content.

  • Context Makes Our Devices

    by Anthony Colangelo · · 3 Comments

    When it comes to new devices, context is everything. Smartphones and tablets gained popularity because they were useful in situations where our laptops weren't. Will smartwatches do the same? Anthony Colangelo looks at the context of these new devices and how they might reach their full potential.

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