Last Campaign Performance
For your first day, I present for your reading pleasure a wonderful classic comic by the incomparable Matthew Inman (aka The Oatmeal).
A user interface is like a joke. If you have to explain it, chances are it's not that good.
This site has some great illustrations, some funny random stuff, and overall is just a champion time-waster, for those of you tired of Buzzfeed hell.
Web design has been around for a while now, and it has a storied history. Webs.com and AmeriCommerce have put together a fun infographic to walk you down memory lane.
A few fun modal animations for your enjoyment.
If you're not familiar with Chris Coyier, shame on you. The dude is one of the founders of Codepen, for crying out loud. Anywho, he has a podcast called the Shoptalk Show that is audio gold.
Dan Eden is a prodigious young brit working for Dropbox who has already contributed a large amount to the web design world. He's got a blog that's admittedly not updated often - but what's there is worth your time.
For those of you familiar with Swift, Apple's new programming language, it's been an exciting few weeks. Apple, as promised open-sourced Swift, and in response, IBM introduced a cool Swift toy.
So it seems that we're all after a great solution for smoothly and progressively loaded, large images. There hasn't been a perfect solution presented yet, but this one at CSS Tricks comes close!
Jerry King is great - and he does an awesome web comic for WebDesignerDepot every week.
While perusing another advent calendar (24ways) I stumbled across an in-progress website that is pretty epic. The guys at Rally Interactive are seriously impressive.
One of the most integral pieces of a freelance business is your billing. I've been using Hiveage since it was called Curdbee, and love it. It's not as ubiquitous as it should be, but you should definitely check it out.
While there are a slew of full-featured, easy-to-use CMS options out there, my personal preference is a lesser known one called MODX. If you take the time to get into it, you can do almost anything you want with relative ease.
To aid in my CMS suggestion from yesterday, one of the best MODX resources is MODX.today. You should give it a look!
Jon Duckett has a fantastic series of books on the basic technology involved in front-end web design. Here's the first.
Jon Duckett has a fantastic series of books on the basic technology involved in front-end web design. Here's the second.
UI-Patterns.com is a fantastic resource for learning and practicing UI design. You should really check it out, even if you don't consider yourself a dyed-in-the-wool UI designer.
If you're just beginning in web design, I've shared a few resources already that should help you build up your fundamentals—but no resource is more effective than Treehouse. They do a fantastic job at making complex concepts easy to understand, and their wealth of material covers much more than just web design.
Most of the things I'm sharing on here are related to web design, but haven't you always wondered what happened to Kevin Mccallister of Home Alone fame? Well, now we know—and it ain't good.
You should check out the 60 Minutes segment with Charlie Rose tonight. He's peeking inside of Jony Ive's secret design studio.