Great confirmation from this blog post and youtube interview with Nick Liow about his exciting digital publishing model. His site Commonly is the first example I’ve seen which refers to ransoming-content-into-the-free-domain. I’m sure there are others - like unglue.it which does something similar for ebook publishing. Searching for others who share this ideal. Interested? Shoot me an email.
Zurb Ink is for email as Zurb Foundation is for the web. Zurb teased us late last year with their responsive email templates but they have now taken it one huge step further. They have created a easy to use responsive framework that is available with the same permissive MIT license. I wanted to see how difficult it would be to use this new framework with MailChimp, my newsletter and email provider. Turns out, it was super simple. Lets take a look at how I went about it.
Open Framework provides sophisticated responsive behaviors that are based on Twitter Bootstrap code, but at a whole lot more. The foundation for building complex layouts with Open Framework is a set of new responsive regions that enable using a combination of several multi-device layout patterns, allowing for a much more fine-tuned and controllable responsive behavior for your site.
The adoption of CSS preprocessors has grown a lot over the past few years. One of the major complaints that people have voiced regarding preprocessors is the inability to see where your CSS rules come from when inspecting elements with developer tools.
Source maps allow you to view the original source file and line numbers from your CSS even when you’re loading the generated CSS file.
I’ve yet to install the update (that won’t happen until I’m at my main computer tomorrow), but the ability to export image assets without having to Save for Web seems incredibly useful.
Million dollar idea: 1) fork Photoshop, 2) call it simply Webshop, 3) iterate new web-specific features like Generator, 4) quell public outcry about PS falling short for web work.
Perhaps Generator will also quell complaints about the Creative Cloud subscription model. Immediate updates such as this are the perfect counter-argument. (I’ve been a subscriber nearly since day one, and I’m loving it.)
We’ve been doing iOS development in-house at 37signals for over a year! Since the launch of the Basecamp for iPhone app we’ve had a lot of questions about our development & design process going mobile, our opinions on the new environment, and more. Recently our team has participated in some interviews about how we made the app, and I think you’ll learn a lot from them.
Ryan was interviewed by Hipmob about the design process of the app, and the issues we’ve faced on mobile platforms:
The biggest challenge for a company like ours is to change our way of thinking because, we grew up when the web was just a laptop thing. We learned on laptops and we defined our notion of what software is on laptops and desktops, and it’s really changing.
I was lucky to be invited to the 4th monthly MotionMeetup, a moderated Q&A session with various RubyMotion developers. They asked questions about what I learned making the Basecamp app, what advice I’d give to newcomers to the platform, and why I hate bees:
I really like how composer simplifies dependency management & installation. It can make applications more portable, and simpler to deploy when compared to the pear installer. Another really nice feature of composer is that you can easily install any pear package, making it perfect for installing CakePHP. While installation was simple, some extra work was required to get things up and running smoothly.
Knit Denise is getting a fresh new Shopify redesign to go right along with the recent Shopify 2.0 update. It’s happening along with another redesign coming out very shortly for a local non-profit: Building Bridges (they’re changing their name and rebranding along with the redesign). Busy time of year! Check out the old sites so you can compare in a few days…
Also, their might be some big news coming. Beside the big news that Textdrive is back from the belly of the whale. More on that later.
I like Responsive Design. Heck, I LOVE Responsive Design. I think it’s a brilliant methodology, which address true challenges in a very good way. But no matter how fond you are of RWD, I think you have to face the music – RWD makes it very hard to write a fast website.
I’m not saying you can’t write a high performance responsive website. I’m not saying you shouldn’t use RWD (Responsive Web Design) – I would actually recommend it to most organizations. However, RWD makes pages inherently more complicated, and all in all would make the mobile web slower.
Holy moly. Shopify kicks ass. BA21 has been developing e-commerce sites on Shopify almost from their day 1. And our clients continue to be extremely pleased with the fine service with which to sell their products.
Today, I’m excited to announce that our merchants have sold over $1,000,000,000 in products using Shopify. That’s a lot of zeros, and a huge achievement for all of our store owners.
Every day I get so excited when I see all the beautiful online stores that have chosen Shopify as their ecommerce platform. We have over 35,000 active online stores in almost 100 different countries around the world. Since we launched six years ago, over 13 million orders have been processed.