Notes

Notes is where I put down thoughts, ideas and everything else that doesn't make it into an article.

Petbarn Identity Redesigned

I'm a sucker for good design and besides some smart thinking and great execution, this article, or rather its illustrations, on the brand redesign for Petbarn made me smile a lot. (found via DenseDiscovery) The website also shows the fun illustrations and just hovering the navigation made me smile again :) A screenshot of the navigation on petbarn.com.au, displaying ...

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“Ethics” and Ethics and the Right Thing to Do

This rather long essay by Oliver Reichenstein looks at the meaning of “Ethics” and Ethics in our world of today. Why do we sometimes need to put it in quotes? What's the right thing to do, anyways? There is a connection between good and beautiful. Theoretically, this brings to Plato’s ethics. It claims that beauty, justice, and goodness are connec...

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Faster Cursor Movement in Terminal

Sometimes when typing a long command or a commit message in Terminal, you might notice a typo, or want to add or change something. Very likely, you’d use the left-arrow key to move the cursor to the desired position, which sometimes can be a little tedious. Luckily there’s an easier way: Option-click your Terminal prompt line at the posi...

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It’s Getting Dark Out There - A Thought on Dark Mode

At Colloq, we’ve recently been playing around with the dark mode preference, to give it a try and see how things turn out. After trying and using it for a while in Safari’s technology preview, I started to wonder: Do I really want all websites to appear in a dark theme, just because I like my OS interface in d...

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Inviting Conference Speakers

Some good tips on how to write good speaker invites and what information to include by Bruce Lawson. It’s generally about good an clear communication and while some things might be very clear for yourself, always assume the other party might not know all of it. It also helps to easy the effort, because noone wants to do research to...

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Old Goodie

While I was cleaning up some digital stuff, I came across an old article that I have written in 2014 for the StartupsHK blog. I couldn’t even remember I ever did, but there it was. A lot of things have changed since then, but the message still holds true. Building a Better Product and ‘Harbour Front Web Days’ on 27 – 29 May in Hong ...

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Loading Web Fonts

I came across this clear and concise overview by @shortdiv on the various options on loading web fonts. I really liked it for its simplicity in writing and laying out the most important facts and options. If the above post isn’t detailed enough and you are looking for further possibilities and some more technical details, you can knock yourself ou...

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Resolving CSS Gridlock

The following article is a nice write up on the possibilities, difficulties and challenges that we might face with CSS Grid in production today. Discussing how we can possibly make the most out of it and learn the best ways to deal with incomplete support, Matthias offers a nice perspective on the topic and explains how prototyping can help us ...

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The Problem With Full Stack

There has been a lot of talk about HTML & CSS recently. It's easy! Both languages aren't getting the full recognition they deserve. Many times they are belittled, yet so difficult to truly master. This article by Heydon Pickering is spot on and hits home so many times. Recommended reading. This is all to say that, if you put someone ...

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December

It’s the time of design & development advent calendars again. Hello December. This year went fast again. Since I recently decided to write more again, I was thinking to try to write something every day in December. Quite a challenge, but one can always try. The start today, December 1st, didn’t go too well, since I’ve been out mo...

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Deep Work & Scheduling Work Time

Today I had a long conversation with Anselm & Tobias and how to best schedule work time and get the most out of it to be most productive. Tobias has tried the Pomodoro technique for some time and it seems to work well for him. Anselm and myself haven’t tried it yet, but are interested in doing so and, as...

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Semantic Components

I wrote a new article on Colloq where I explain how we solved an issue with our component semantics. It has proven as a solid solution for us and allows for a lot of flexibility, without messing up semantics. Read the article on the Colloq blog and if you have come across similar issues, I’d be glad to hear yo...

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Productivity and Complexity on the Web

The recent “The Cult of the Complex” by @zeldman kept me thinking, just like this tweet by @dhh did. I also feel like there was a time where our work has been much more productive and efficient a few years ago. I keep wondering if there could be a correlation between our productivity and the increased complexity, mainly caused by the ...

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#cfpwomen

Today I came across a tweet by Gerard Sans, in which he announced a public list to help conference organisers find more women speakers. I'm all in for more diversity at conferences and think that this is a great effort and another step in the right direction to create a better community, improve diversity and build a more inclusive community. ...

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Better CfP Feedback

I have applied to a few conferences again this year and as usual, there are more rejections than acceptances. For obvious reasons it’s not great to get rejected, but I always try to learn more about the “why”. I usually always ask conference organizers for more details on the rejection and some feedback. Sometimes I don’t hear back, but othe...

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