• The World-Wide Work

    The transcript of Ethan Marcotte’s excellent talk on automation, power, justice, and labor in the tech industry.

    16 Oct 2019
  • Hybrid Legibility and the Ubiquitous Check Font

    I love considering the combination of machine and human readability as a design constraint.

    23 Sep 2019
  • Commento

    “A fast, privacy-focused commenting platform.” Perhaps this is a more trustworthy Disqus?

    13 Sep 2019
  • Accessibility and Web Performance

    Robin Rendle advocates eloquently for accessibility and performance. He also includes a lot of links to other good reads on the topic(s).

    19 Aug 2019
  • US Flags

    A meticulous design guide for the flags of the United States. Very cool.

    14 Aug 2019
  • Why We All Need a Personal Website

    I wrote an article for 99U. “The best time to make a personal website is 20 years ago. The second best time to make a personal website is now.”

    13 Aug 2019
  • HTML & CSS Is Hard

    “A friendly web development tutorial for complete beginners.”

    12 Aug 2019
  • The “Developer Experience” Bait and Switch

    “We cannot continue to use as much JavaScript as is now normal and expect the web to flourish.”

    12 Aug 2019
  • JavaScript Page Navigation

    A good case for sticking to the basics and not overcomplicating things, using the beta MDN site to highlight the negative performance impact of client-side routing.

    11 Aug 2019
  • Performance Matters

    Performance can shape behavior, in good ways and bad. In this example, a tiny bit of lag causes EMTs to abandon an electronic patient care report in favor of paper and pen.

    11 Aug 2019
  • Ugly Gerry

    A font made from gerrymandered districts.

    02 Aug 2019
  • Fast Software, the Best Software

    Great article by Craig Mod on the benefits of performant software and how it affects user perception of engineering quality and overall usability.

    01 Aug 2019
  • Ethical Web Principles

    “The web should be a platform that helps people and provides a net positive social benefit. As we continue to evolve the web platform, we must therefore consider the ethical consequences of our work.”

    17 Jul 2019
  • Run Your Own Social

    “How to run a small social network site for your friends.”

    08 Jul 2019
  • Firefox Lockwise

    I’ve been a 1Password user since 2008, but this password manager from Mozilla is interesting.

    02 Jul 2019
  • Superhuman Is Spying on You

    Detailed look at some serious privacy concerns with the Superhuman email client from Mike Davidson. I miss Mailbox.

    02 Jul 2019
  • The Brighter Side of Screen Time

    Great article from NPR with some tips to help you make the best of your kids’ screen time.

    02 Jul 2019
  • Interview with Frank Chimero

    “The things that nourish you are also the things that will nourish your work, give it purpose, depth, and soul. It’s hard to say what those things may be, but life has taught me over and over that, you don’t need to know if you are willing to ask.”

    01 Jul 2019
  • Creating Your Own Opportunities

    This is a really great resource with guides that show you how to create your own opportunities, such as starting a podcast or selling your artwork.

    26 Jun 2019
  • The Internet Is For Everyone

    “At least a few times per week — as a regular consumer of modern digital technology — I’m roadblocked. Web applications show blank white screens and won’t render anything at all due do a bug.”

    25 Jun 2019
  • Into the Personal-Website-Verse

    “What started out as the most promising development in the history of the Web – the participation of users in the creation of content and online dialogue at scale – has turned into a swamp of sensation, lies, hate speech, harassment, and noise.”

    25 Jun 2019
  • Burning Out and Finding Stability

    Jonnie Hallman shares the news that he’s joining Stripe with an open, honest account of his struggle with burnout and anxiety that preceded the decision.

    06 Jun 2019
  • An Emotional Adventure

    Simon Collison writes an honest, heartfelt recap of his (and Geri’s) experience bringing New Adventures back after a six-year hiatus.

    06 Jun 2019
  • Firefox Now Available with Enhanced Tracking Protection by Default

    I’m really glad Firefox exists. No other browser is going to protect users like this.

    05 Jun 2019
  • Polypane

    The first browser I’m aware of that was built specifically for responsive web design, with features like showing your site at all sizes, synchronized actions, and thoughtful developer tools.

    02 Jun 2019
  • A Report from the AMP Advisory Committee Meeting

    This report from the first AMP Advisory Committee meeting is brutally honest. Bravo.

    15 May 2019
  • Gradually, Then Suddenly

    Technological change often happens gradually, then suddenly. Tim O’Reilly explores the areas poised for sudden shifts.

    15 May 2019
  • Timing Out

    Jeremy Keith demonstrates how to use service workers to create a good experience when people have a poor connection, not just when they’re offline.

    09 May 2019
  • Habit Building with Coffee Beans

    Interesting experiment by James Chambers to establish a good writing habit. At Faculty, we’ve been thinking about ways to establish and encourage good habits.

    01 May 2019
  • Don’t Get Clever with Login Forms

    Common sense from Brad Frost. There are so many anti-patterns with login forms these days, it’s hard to keep track.

    30 Apr 2019
  • The Inception Bar

    This is a really bad vulnerability in Chrome that demonstrates the increasing dangers of Google’s crusade to hide the source of what you’re reading.

    29 Apr 2019
  • The Web We Broke

    Ethan Marcotte writes eloquently about the state of web accessibility.

    17 Apr 2019
  • The Slow Web

    Jack Cheng’s 2012 post about the “Slow Web” is still a refreshing read and as relevant as ever.

    25 Mar 2019
  • Firefox Send

    A new tool from Firefox that lets you easily and safely share files. As should be expected from Mozilla, the links expire and include end-to-end encryption, so “you can keep what you share private and make sure your stuff doesn’t stay online forever.”

    18 Mar 2019
  • The Return of the Personal Website

    I’m glad to see Joshua Blankenship blogging again.

    22 Feb 2019
  • Who Said What Now

    Personalized messages recorded by the voice of NBA Jam, Tim Kitzrow.

    18 Feb 2019
  • Paper Mario Brothers

    I love this stop motion Super Mario Brothers that someone drew in a notebook.

    11 Feb 2019
  • Branding the Women Running for President in 2020

    “The most diverse field of presidential candidates ever is also pushing the color of campaign branding like never before.”

    04 Feb 2019
  • HTML, CSS, and Our Vanishing Industry Entry Points

    Rachel Andrew discusses emerging trends through the lens of how important HTML and CSS are an entry points into our industry.

    30 Jan 2019
  • The Great Divide

    Chris Coyier talks about a growing divide caused by more business logic being moved to the browser, such that frontend encompasses traditional backend development as well as traditional frontend development, with correspondingly disparate skillsets.

    30 Jan 2019
  • SVGO’s Missing GUI

    A handy tool from Jake Archibald for optimizing SVGs.

    29 Jan 2019
  • Facebook Moves to Block Ad Transparency Tools

    “Our tool had let the public see exactly how users were being targeted by advertisers. The social media giant urged us to shut it down last year.”

    28 Jan 2019
  • Gov Availability

    The availability of the government of the United States of America, measured in the same way we measure the availability of websites.

    20 Jan 2019
  • Is Sunscreen the New Margarine?

    “Avoidance of sun exposure is a risk factor of a similar magnitude as smoking, in terms of life expectancy.”

    11 Jan 2019
  • Krisp

    Mac app that mutes the background noise during your calls.

    08 Jan 2019
  • Is Grover swearing?

    A thorough linguistic interpretation of the viral Sesame Street clip where it sounds like Grover is swearing (but isn’t).

    30 Dec 2018
  • Why Your Internet Choices Just Got Narrower

    Good article from Mozilla co-founder Mitchell Baker on Microsoft’s decision to use Google’s browser technology.

    18 Dec 2018
  • The Yoda of Silicon Valley

    “Donald Knuth, master of algorithms, reflects on 50 years of his opus-in-progress.”

    17 Dec 2018
  • While We Blink, We Lose the Web

    Why Microsoft abandoning Edge in favor of a Chromium-based browser is not good news.

    05 Dec 2018
  • The Internet Refreshed

    A new series from Quartz that explores the question, “What would the internet look like if we knew then what we know now?”

    04 Dec 2018