Tips for Remote Work

I recently took a job at 84.51°, which means I'm no longer working remotely. The three years I did at Food52 were great, but it was time for a change. I wrote-up some notes about how to help make things easier when working remotely.

Communication...

Where's the Class Go?

There was a debate at work the other day concerning where to place a class on a given snippet of HTML. The HTML was used to markup a linked profile photo and the disagreement was whether or not to place the class on the anchor or the image tag. The...

Design Cheating

When designing the upcoming (Not)Recipes app for Food52, I often find myself searching for solutions that other apps have figured out previously and working to combine those into our app. At first I felt guilty of not innovating or becoming too mundane...

Custom Launch Screen for iOS

As we get closer to launching the (Not)Recipes app at Food52 there are a bunch of small details that need to be ironed out. One of these details is the launch screen that users first encounter when launching the app.

According to Apple, the launch...

Custom collections with Middleman

This site is based on the static-site generator Middleman, which has served me well over the years.

I had the opportunity to work on creating a blog that needed navigation to be built using dynamic category names defined by an author when creating...

Learning and Writing Swift

There’s no doubt to be a glut of want-to-be iOS developers clamoring for resources to learn Swift after Apple’s announcement of the language last week at WWDC. Count me among them.

As someone who for years wanted to dip their toes into the waters...

NYTimes Compendium

I love this idea from the New York Times: > Compendium invites readers of The New York Times like you to use articles, imagery, videos, and quotations to tell your own stories using New York Times content. Each collection has a description that you...

Sizing Text in Pixels, Ems or Rems — What's Correct?

There's been a number of discussions at Ample lately about whether or not using ems for text sizing is worth the headache. As the one who maintains Ample's baseline getting-started repo, I figured it's up to me to figure out what's what.

A routine...

How to Create More Time

Some great time-saving tips from Caterina Fake here: > * Eliminate or Reduce Media > * Work Offline > * Do less > * Don't make appointments or schedule meetings. > * Sleep in two shifts. > * Make time less precious.

Be sure to click through to the...

Source Code Pro

Adobe recently announced the release of Source Code Pro, a monospaced font adapted from Source Sans Pro.

Looks to be worth a try, at least. Pick up your copy here.

It's All Over Except the Shouting

A thoughtful piece from Kontra on how far online technology journalism has fallen.

Shouting sells. We’ve known this for a long time. If companies are daft enough to let their ad buyers talk them into spending money on those who shout the most,...

What's Next in Publishing

Maybe it's just me, but I've been noticing a lot of buzz lately around how print magazines and their newspaper cousins are slipping further into irrelevancy. Of course none of this is news, but I've read some interesting anecdotes the past few days...

Hardest Working Man in Show Business

I highly recommend this crazy-good interview with the hardest working man in show business, Louis C.K.

On of my favorite quotes: > Money is a resource. It’s an energy that you can inject into things, and it makes stuff happen. This money was like...

Designing a Clock

This has been passed around the Internet for awhile now, but I think it's worth sharing here again. Sebastiaan de With shares his experiences designing an alarm clock app for Android.

It sounds like a hellish nightmare to do this, and is probably...

Black and White and Read All Over?

Think the newspaper industry was in trouble a few years ago? Don't look now but it's getting a whole lot worse, writes David Carr in The New York Times.

Between operational fiascos and flailing attempts to slash costs on the fly, it’s clear that...

Lighting Couches on Fire

An interesting article in the Atlantic is about the case between Argentinian pop star Virginia Da Cunha and Google about removing racy photos she no longer wants indexed. > … she sued Google and Yahoo, demanding they take the pictures down. An Argentinean...

One-direction Margins

An interesting take on something I've never really considered before: limiting your CSS margin declarations to one horizontal and one vertical direction, like so:

 div {
   margin-left: 1.5em;
   margin-top: 1.5em;
 }

Which is opposed to how I...

Weekly Best-Of

Monday was Memorial Day in the States, so I took the day off from posting the weekly roundup. Hope you enjoy this week's as much as I did.

  1. Sweep the Sleaze

    Great post by Oliver Reichenstein about the pointlessness of the ubiquitous social...

App Cannibalism

I think I just found a replacement to the official Facebook app on my iPhone. It's the Facebook Camera app.

Released this week, the excellent camera app is one of the best designed mobile app experiences I've had. Not surprisingly it was designed...

Weekly Best-Of

Great reading this week. Enjoy.

  1. The Listening Machine

    Wicked cool concept from the BBC and the Arts Council England, The Listening Machine is "an automated system that generates a continuous piece of music based on the activity of 500...

QCMerge 2012

May 10 - 11, 2012 was the innaugural year for QCMerge, a web conference in Cincinnati, and I couldn't be more proud of how it went off.

I've been involved in QCMerge since it's initial planning stages thanks to my work at Ample. There's a ton of people...

Weekly Best-Of

Been crazy-busy this week, so I only had a chance to really enjoy four articles. Hope you enjoy them, too.

  1. Tomorrow's Web Type Today

    Elliott Jay Stocks has been on a tear lately publishing three articles about what's possible on the bleeding...

Intro Font Family

Intro is a great font family release from the guys behind the popular Museo typeface. Download two styles of it for free here, or buy all 26 font styles here for $99.

Intro Font Family

Best of April 30 - May 7

Back with five more. I make no promises to select articles that were published in the last week, just those I found interesting. Sort of an edited Instapaper liked feed, if you will.

  1. Stephen King: Tax Me, for Fuck’s Sake!

    Stephen King...

Wasted Minds

Paul Krugman nails it describing the debt conservatives are passing on to the youth of America: > But there’s also a war on the young, which is just as real even if it’s better disguised. And it’s doing immense harm, not just to the young, but to the...

Don't stop hustling

More sage advice from Seth Godin: > "Consistently showing up on the radar of the right audience is more highly prized than reaching the masses, once then done. This works for every career…"

Weekly Best-Of

I'm a big fan of edited lists of readings that take the work out of browsing articles upon articles just to find some decent content. One of my favorites is the now (apparently) defunct TTHOR, which was basically a weekly-best of list of readings and...

Google's Social Problems

Dustin Curtis nails it describing Google's social problems: > Google's current predicament with social is similar to the one Microsoft faced with its tablet PC initiative. Google has about 150 legacy core products which have slowly evolved into great...

An Automobile for our Mind?

I love it when Kottke writes longer posts combining content from multiple sources which all relate to a central point. > Perhaps then the iPhone is an automobile for our mind in that it allows us to go anywhere very quickly but isolates us along the...

Two Things, Wildly Different yet Similar

I wish I had either of these attention spans.

The first, Robert Caro's for spending almost 40 years writing a multi-volume biography of Lyndon Johnson: > Caro is the last of the 19th-century biographers, the kind who believe that the life of a great...

Neue Haas Grotesk

The Font Bureau put together a nice promo site for Neue Haas Grotesk. > The digital version of Helvetica that everyone knows and uses today is quite different from the typeface’s pre-digital design from 1957. Originally released as Neue Haas Grotesk...

Don't Expect Praise

When doing work, you shouldn't do so just for the outcome of praise alone. And you should never expect applause. Seth Godin writes: > Who decides if your work is good? When you are at your best, you do. If the work doesn't deliver on its purpose, if...

All the Cool Kids

All the cool kids have switched to static sites, so I figured it was my time, too.

I simplified the design some, but kept a lot the same. I'm using Middleman to generate the static site and using Github Pages for hosting. There's a few things that...