Medium Noel Tock

1. Redesigning WP Remote — Medium

“WP Remote is a tool we built to help manage our growing list of WordPress websites internally. Over the years, we opened it up to the public, accumulated over 50,000 WordPress websites and kept building on top of it when we found time. In the process of sporadic iterations and never quite finding development flow, it’s grown big.”

WP Remote is a plugin, which allows you to update each of your sites for free and for payment, allows you to backup your site to a separate server. You log into a website to see your dashboard. It shows red – yellow – green lights to show status. All you need do is one click to update your site. This article talks about ideas for redrafting the plugin and getting back to basics.

Javascript Kit

2. Creating a basic parallax scrolling effect using CSS and JavaScript

“The most dominate trend of 2013 in web design undoubtedly is the parallax scrolling effect, with no signs that’s waning. Parallax scrolling transforms the page into a fun slideshow where different elements on the page move at different speeds relative to the scrolling of the page. In this tutorial we’ll familiarize ourselves with how a basic parallax scrolling page is created in CSS and JavaScript, and gain insight into the whole shebang in the process.”

Dynamic Drive

3. Dynamic Drive online tools: Button Maker

“Use this online tool to easily and visually create those popular ‘XHTML valid’ micro buttons (80×15). You can also opt for the larger 88×31 button instead. Enjoy!”


4. Sponsored: Tower 2.0 is Here – To Make Git Easy! | CSS-Tricks

“Most people wouldn’t call version control their hobby. But in the last few years, people have also become aware of how valuable it is. Nowadays, you won’t find a top programmer, web developer, or web designer who doesn’t use version control. In part because it helps you produce better results and makes collaboration easy. But also because it can save your life when things go wrong.”

I wasn’t getting git on the command line. Now I’m using Tower 2.0.

5. Guide to Responsive-Friendly CSS Columns | CSS-Tricks

“With CSS columns you can create a print-inspired layout with little added markup that can adapt beyond a fixed canvas. A supported browser will make calculations to wrap and balance content into tidy columns. If you’re already working with a fluid layout, the columns will reflow automatically. With the right combination of properties, CSS columns can be an interesting layout option that is responsive-friendly while degrading gracefully.”


6. GitHub’s CSS · @mdo

“I’m always interested in the development details of other products, particularly their styleguides and approach to CSS. Given my penchant for the otherwise inane CSS details, I decided to write a bit about GitHub’s CSS.”

Dave Rupert

7. RWD Bloat – daverupert.com

"One of Responsive Web Design’s biggest critiques is that it is responsible for slow load times and extreme page bloat. The best response to this criticism is Tim Kadlec’s Great Divorce:

‘Blame the implementation, not the technique’. – Tim Kadlec

tl;dr — If a page clocks in at 28MB and 399 HTTP Requests, that’s not the fault of responsive design, that’s the fault an organization that doesn’t care about web performance.

I agree with Tim, but ‘blame the implementation’ doesn’t fully answer the question for me. Surely RWD has a detectable footprint. If a client with high-performance needs asks ‘How does RWD affect performance?’, my answer cannot be ‘None cuz it’s not my problem.’"


8. JavaScript Event Madness! Capturing all events without interference | CSS-Tricks

“We have been developing Ghostlab, a tool for cross-device and cross-browser testing your websites. In essence, it syncs any number of clients that view a website and makes it easy to go through that site and make sure it works great and looks good on all viewports and platforms. A central component is the replication of events across clients – when the user clicks on a button, scrolls, or enters text into a form field on one client, we have to make sure that the very same thing happens on all others.”

Smashing Magazine

9. Incorporating Social Identity Theory Into Design – Smashing Magazine

"No person is immune from the influence of the people and groups they encounter. As much as we would like to think that every thought we have is original, that every opinion we express is informed by facts alone, the truth is that we use others around us as a reference point for much of our attitudes and behavior. This isn’t a bad thing; it’s human nature.

Knowing how groups influence people can help you to move from being a common, everyday, work-your-fingers-to-the-bone designer to a strategic influencer of your target audience with relative ease. In fact, whether researchers, designers or managers, everyone involved in user experience (UX) design would benefit from deeper knowledge of how to incorporate social influence in their work.

In this article, we’ll focus on how concepts related to social identity theory — a theory within the psychology field of social influence — can help UX professionals to more effectively incorporate social influence in their work."

10. How Limitations Led To My Biggest App Store Success and Failure | Smashing Magazine

“Look at your calendar. If you’re anything like me, all you see are meetings, places to go, things to do, people to meet and not a lot of white space. Few people love their calendar. So, we set out to change that, and we learned a lot in the process.
Our app is an iPhone app that flips your calendar upside down and lets you focus on the free time in your day, instead of all the busy time. The app itself has been around since 2011, but the story of how it came to be and what our team ultimately learned is one that I have been wanting to tell for quite some time. It’s the story of how limitations led to my biggest success in the App Store — and my biggest failure.”