• 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
  • Tavi Gevinson Calls It Quits

    It’s unsettling to see a force of good like Rookie go away, but here’s hoping more young people like Tavi step up to fill the void.

    30 Nov 2018
  • Brain Implant Turns Thoughts Into Text

    “Three people paralyzed from the neck down have been able to use unmodified computer tablets to text friends, browse the internet, and stream music.”

    26 Nov 2018
  • They Ain’t Ready for Me

    Documentary about Tamar Manasseh, the African American rabbinical student who is leading the fight against senseless killings on the south side of Chicago.

    19 Nov 2018
  • Jigsaw Puzzle Montages

    Tim Klein is an artist who combines jigsaw puzzles that use the same die cut pattern to make art. The resulting mashups are really neat.

    13 Nov 2018
  • The Strange Foundation

    “The Strange is a creative space and unofficial foundation that plans to offer artists with computer-based practices the time, resources, and isolation needed to focus and think expansively.”

    04 Nov 2018
  • Apple’s New Map

    Some of the improvements to the new Apple Maps are pretty remarkable.

    01 Nov 2018
  • A Map of Every Building in America

    Exactly what it says. Very cool interactive map from the New York Times.

    13 Oct 2018
  • Maps of the World’s Tallest Mountains

    “In the 19th century, the romance of mountains met the desire to quantify the natural world.”

    12 Oct 2018
  • Notable Women

    “Swapping out the faces we all know for the faces we all should.”

    02 Oct 2018
  • The Rise and Demise of RSS

    Fascinating and thorough history of RSS, which you might’ve heard referred to as RDF Site Summary, Rich Site Summary, or Really Simple Syndication.

    01 Oct 2018
  • King of Creativity

    Lovely interview with Duane King from his alma mater, UNT.

    01 Oct 2018
  • Google Wants to Kill the URL

    Obscuring URLs even more isn’t going to help anyone. Google is notoriously bad at design, and how to most clearly communicate what a URL communicates is a design problem.

    01 Oct 2018
  • Dark Patterns and Other Design No-Nos for Mobile

    Good article from Suzanne Scacca that delves into various types of dark patterns, examples included.

    28 Sep 2018
  • Bloated

    “A computer this powerful should be able to render any web page gracefully. It used to do the job correctly a few years ago. It can’t anymore, even though it doesn’t look like the new content is doing much more than it used to.”

    27 Sep 2018
  • Incomplete Open Cubes Revisited

    Amazing digital art project from Rob Weychert based on Sol LeWitt’s Incomplete Open Cubes.

    24 Sep 2018
  • The Top Four Web Performance Challenges

    “The narrative around front-end performance is that it’s up to us developers to take responsibility for how our websites perform. But by far the biggest performance impact comes from third-party scripts.”

    11 Sep 2018
  • Medium Deprecates Custom Domains Service

    This was inevitable. “I don’t understand why any publication, even a personal blog, would use Medium without a custom domain name.”

    05 Sep 2018
  • Google AMP Can Go to Hell

    Google’s approach to AMP is concerning at best. Their latest tactic to try to make AMP the canonical version of a website is pure evil.

    05 Sep 2018
  • Faculty Newsletter

    This is the first newsletter from Faculty, where we share things that inspire us in technology, design, and business. Have a read, and sign up if you like it.

    29 Aug 2018
  • What’s in a Production Web Application?

    Great post from Stephen Mann that illustrates how many considerations (and solutions) are involved in a well-designed production infrastructure. As he notes at the end, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

    28 Aug 2018
  • The Web I Want

    Great post by Chris James. “If I can’t use your website without JavaScript being turned on, then you don’t know what you’re doing.”

    21 Aug 2018