My last post for 2012 highlights Flexbox, the new CSS3 layout mode, useful HTML5 tools, top user experience trends for 2012, a simple online goal tracking application and more. Hope you find the resources useful!
This is one of my last posts on Posterous. With the new feature released this week to download posts and the lack of any new development on Posterous, I’ll be moving all the posts on this site to WordPress. I’ll share the new location once the move is complete.
Thank you for your readership over the years. See you in 2013!
- Dive Into Flexbox: Flexbox is a new layout mode in CSS3 that has finally reached W3C Candidate Recommendation status last September. Now’s the time to learn what it’s about and how you can use it in your projects.
- Four Custom Icon Font Generators Compared: Joshua Johnsonof DesignShack reviews Fontello, IcoMoon, Pictonic, and Pictos font generators on cost, download files, selecting icons, and ease of use. Which one do you prefer?
- Getting to Know CSS3 Selectors: Other Pseudo-Classes: Excellent walkthrough by Emily Lewis of the CSS3 pseudo-classes: :disabled, :enabled, :checked, :target and :not(x). Emily reviews the syntax, shares markup using the pseudo-classes, and explains why you want to add pseudo-classes to your CSS toolbox.
- Simple Tools for Front-End Developers: Louis Lazarus of Impressive Webs has gathered a great list of tools including a CSS menu maker, image to CSS converter (but watch out for the generated code), and the best of all, The Toolbox, which is collection of apps, tools, and code generators.
- How To Deal With Vendor Prefixes: Using the correct vendor prefix can be problematic—how do you make sure you’re using the current, correct prefix? Chris Coyier shares his tips, recommended apps/tools, and advice.
- 6 Useful HTML5 Tools: Need help understanding HTML5 or how to create HTML5 websites? Check out this collection of tools, compiled by Sonia Jackson of Sitepoint.
- Design is not veneer.: Aral Balkan, well-known experience designer and developer, responds to Anna Powell-Smith’s How to Make Your Site Look Half-Decent in Half an Hour post on 24ways. Aral argues there are no shortcuts in design. Every element added to a design, whether by designer or a developer, should have a purpose.
Design is as much about asking the right questions as it is about answering them. It is about worrying about the right thing: solving your user’s problems not your own problems.
- The Top 5 Website UX Trends of 2012: UX Magazine highlights the top five user experience techniques of 2012. The one I really like? Sticky top navigation. I’m wondering what took us so long to figure out that users like persistant navigation.
- Enlightened Key: I’ve been a fan of Vishal Mehta’s blog for a while. Loved his post this week about a “key with a unique usability element” that changes an everyday action into a pleasurable user experience.
- 6 Mind-Blowing Things I Learned about UX in 2012: From Jenna Curry of A Better User Experience, check out this roundup of what she learned as a newcomer about UX in 2012. Wonderful to read her comments about the UX community, how supportive we are in sharing information and knowledge with each other.
- Santa Claus uses Sign Language with Boy, Makes Family’s Christmas Special: What a lovely story. A hearing-disabled boy visits Santa Claus at the mall, and Santa uses to sign language to talk with him.
- IDEAL Accessibility Installer: Downlaod this free Google play application to install current versions of Google’s Android accessibility applications, including TalkBack, KickBack, and SoundBack.
- One Accomplishment, One Resolution: Terrill Thompson, who works at University of Washington AccessComputing, talks about the impact of the IT Accessibility: What Campus Leaders Have to Say video and encourages higher education professionals to start discussions about IT accessibility on their campus in 2013.
- Schedule for CSUN 2013 Conference: The preliminary schedule for the Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference (February 27 to March 1, 2013) has been posted.
- Making ATMs more accessible Part Three … The Needs of Partially Sighted People: In his post in his Making ATMs More Accessible series,
- W3 Total Cache – Beware The Surprise In This Christmas Gift: If you haven’t heard, a serious issue was reported earlier this week in the popular W3 Total Cache plugin. Lots of advice and recommendations have been posted, but today, the developer posted a new version that fixes the issue. If you’re using W3 Total Cache, update immediately to version 0.9.2.5. The developer recommends you empty the database cache after performing the update if you use database caching to disk.
- How to Add Google+ Hangouts Event Countdown in WordPress: Google+ Hangouts are an excellent way to connect with your blog readers or give a tutorial. WPBeginner shows you how to set up a Google+ Hangout event countdown on your site.
- Happy Holiday Sale: Get 30% off all WordPress products from WooThemes until December 31, 2012 with discount code “JOLLYGOOD.” Note: the discount is not valid on their theme club memberships.
- 35% Off Site-Wide Through Dec. 31, 2012: Hey, if 30% off from WooThemes didn’t entice you, get 35% off WordPress themes, plugins and training from iThemes. Note: the coupon code is good through 11:59CST on December 31, 2012.
- Using Conditional Tags In WordPress: Brad Dalton of wp sites walks you through how to add conditional tags to your custom function shares example code.
- Using bbPress as a Support Forum: Excellent tutorial form Pippin Williamson on how to create a support forum using bbPress. I like that Pippin noted several additional plugins that extend the forum to include ability for moderators to leave notes for each other, track read/unread topics, and allow users to quote other users in replies.
What I Found Interesting
- Joe’s Goals: A simple online application to track your goals. What I liked: it’s not fancy. Simple interface with a horizontal weekly calendar view and vertical goal view.
- My Hard Drive Crashed… (And What I Learned From It): Ben Gremillion tells the story of his Mac hard drive crash and subsequent loss of application preferences, bookmarks, browser history, plugins. And then Ben walks us through finding out which backup service worked best on his own test machine. Ben chose two online services, BackBlaze and CrashPlan and shares his experiences with setup, backup and recovery. Note: I’m a BackBlaze user and love it!
- The Social Media Cheat Sheet for Business: Interesting infographic comparing nine social media channels by time commitmen, quality and fun. What I really found useful are the tips and review of the infographic by Oli Gardner for each social media channel.