1 • Inspiration For Text Input Effects

Some inspiration for effects on text inputs using CSS transitions, animations and pseudo-elements

Text Input Effects

“Form inputs offer a great opportunity to add some subtle and interesting effects to a web page. They are elements that your user will interact with at some point and making them fun to use can enhance the experience. We are used to the default form resembling its paper counterpart but in the digital world we can be more creative. Today we want to share some experimental styles and effects for text inputs with you. Andrej Radisic has done some great work on Dribbble, like the Jawbreaker input field, which we’ve based one of the effects on. Most of the effects use CSS transitions together with pseudo-elements.”

Geeks with juniors

2 • Productivity and Workflow

“Group messaging is definitely a known problem. Different people have their own group messaging problems. The #1 problem in group messaging is always on finding that lowest common denominator platform within the group. Dealing with mostly iPhone users may lead you to use iMessage exclusively. But, if you have to deal with Android users, you may have to rely on cross-platform solutions such as WhatsApp or SMS. There are also other impromptu needs that are not suitable for SMS, e.g. sharing the group photos you just took with newly-met business associates or sending notes to all the meeting attendees. For these cases, you may have to rely on emails instead. Regardless what your needs are, the built-in iMessage and Mail apps in iOS are not built for sending these messages quickly on your iPhone/iPad. For example, you can’t easily group (and ungroup) people in your Contacts list whom you frequently send messages/emails to. Sending multiple photos from within these apps is not easy, either. – See more at: http://www.geekswithjuniors.com/note/#sthash.b0N6RG8j.dpuf”

Cult of Mac

3 • Roll Your Own Automatic Markdown Journal With IFTTT, Drafts, Instagram And Dropbox [How To] | Cult of Mac

"There are many, many ways to keep a journal using your various iDevices, or paper, or even — if you’re desperate — your Android phone. (Kidding — a sharpie turns the back of any Android handset into the perfect paper-emulation device.) But they tend to be either high on effort — manually writing up everything yourself — or somewhat proprietary, keeping all your info inside an app or service.
But thanks to the ever-amazing internet automating service IFTTT (If This Then That), and some new channels, it’s now possible to roll your own plain-journal, pulling from various sources automatically. And it even includes pictures, which is quite a trick for plain text.
Here’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to take IFTTT, Drafts, Dropbox and several other services, and have them all add things to a single plain text file. Further, as this file will be written in Markdown format, you will see it as a beautifully-rendered page, complete with pictures and links, when you view it in a Markdown preview. Better still, you can export to any and every format you like, including HTML, PDF and RTF. Hell, you could even make a Word DOC if you really want to.

Read more at http://www.cultofmac.com/220067/roll-your-own-automatic-markdown-journal-with-ifttt-drafts-instagram-and-dropbox-how-to/#fPgELMPurhFqI5iv.99"


4 • Things I hate: Indirect Communication

"I’ve decided to do a four part series on things I hate.

I know, shocking since I don’t normally write negatively on this site. But I’m not against you. I’m against a thing others do. Never you.

We good?


I’ve spent months working with service providers – several of them – as we completely landscape the area around our house, and add a pool to our backyard. When they communicate directly, it sounds like this:

Yes, we can add a little cave behind the waterfall. And yes, we can get the whole project done under your budget. But that little cave wasn’t part of the original scope. So it won’t fit under the budget. It will be extra."


5 • Web App Manifest: Open Websites Like Native Apps On Mobile Devices

“Native apps for smartphones and tablets are still popular but not always necessary. Instead you can create web applications using HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. Thanks to the JavaScript APIs, you have access to the accelerometer, enabling you to recognize gestures and react accordingly. The web app manifest allows you to add classic app features to your web application, including special launcher icons and names that are shorter than the usually very long titles of HTML documents.”