FutureFriendly.io, a web design community

I'm excited to show off a new web design community to help keep pushing us forward. This is a web design community centered on ideas. Future friendly is a term coined by a group of ridiculously talented people challenging other web designers to "Acknowledge and embrace unpredictably" on the web…

Best practices for designing websites for everyone

Web accessibility (known in other fields as inclusive design or universal design) is the degree to which a website is available to as many people as possible. Accessibility is most often used to describe how people with disabilities can access the web. Via Why Bother with Accessibility? This strikes a…

Collaboration tools for design teams

The balance of creating a collaborative environment without constantly interrupting each other is not an easy one. Whether you are working with a distributed team or are in the same environment, context-switching is a major productivity hog. Here are a few ideas for how to take the friction out of…

Outdated UX patterns and alternatives

Meet North, design and development standards to align and guide your project. It's a comprehensive guide contributed to the open source community to encourage, "a mobile-first, in-browser, system based approach to design and development." Check out North on GitHub: The section of the guide that I found most interesting is…

Web design skills and experience musts

Diversify or die (from Web Standards Killed the HTML Star by Jeff Croft) is actually awesome career advice for anyone in web design. The whole point of the post is that HTML and CSS aren't much of a skillset on their own anymore. Look at architecture, you need to know…

Realizing One Web

Josh Clark's "Seven Deadly Mobile Myths" talk (video! and slides!) makes a resounding argument that the web should not be fragmented into alternative experiences like the "mobile web", "tablet web" or "desktop web", but that the challenge should be to shape one web, and progressively enhance when the opportunity arises…

What are your favorite front-end tools?

I put this together because I thought it would be interesting ot get a good sense of what the people who visit this site use for their toolkit on an everyday basis. Of course, some of these tools you might not use at all, but if you do, be sure…

Breaking down the Grantland 3.0 redesign

Bill Simmons' Grantland unveiled its third iteration this week. The long-form sports and pop-culture media site originally launched in June 2011 with top-tier writing talent and a license to be to ESPN what Miramax was to Disney, "a boutique division with more room for creativity." The site relaunched on Wordpress…

What changed in web design this year (and what’s next)

Design is still about words This has really always been true, the change here is how much web designers are embracing this fact in the approach to building websites. Jeffery Zeldman's recommendation to design websites "content-first" makes a very clear statement: Design without content is decoration. It used to be…

Front-end code review goodness

A lot of things are more effective when you have someone else there to keep you accountable. I started paying closer attention to my finances when I opened up a joint checking account with my wife. I never miss a gym workout when I set-up a time to go with…

Holiday book wishlist for web designers

A ton of good information and writing came out this year, here's a quick round-up of some favorites. Work The App Design Handbook by Nathan Barry and Jeremy Olsen Everything I Know by Paul Jarvis The Modern Web: Multi-Device Web Development with HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript by Peter Gasston Responsive…

10 things to consider before starting a new idea

Paul Graham wrote an iconic post last year on How to Get Startup Ideas. Recently I started listening to Startups for the Rest of Us with Mike Taber and Rob Walling who talk about the challenges and decisions that are made when launching are startup, as well as sharing their…

Converting your CSS project to Sass

Over the past year I have spent a lot of my focus learning and leveling up on my Sass knowledge. Talking with others, I think the most common concern when switching over to a CSS preprocessor is this: I don't know where to start when converting my CSS project over…

Why you are not following a process

In all of my interactive agency experience, there is a one constant when working on a project: unpredictability. Websites are complex beasts. It takes a lot of planning and execution to pull off something that looks simple. For the last six-plus years I have been a part of an interactive…

Sharing what you know

I gave a talk at DrupalCamp Chicago on front-end style guides over the weekend and it was a really cool experience. It was about a 45-minute presentation, with some really good Q&A (how do you get started transitioning from CSS to Sass on a project? At what point…