Updates & Writing

Links, Week 22, 2020

Apple have licensed some excellent fonts, but you'll need to download them through Font Book, Harry Roberts tries to optimise the performance of Google Fonts, Delicious Brains update their server installation guide for running WordPress on Ubuntu 20.04, a couple of UI/UX articles on form fields, and Jazz Keys, a beautiful diversion to end the week.

Links, Week 21, 2020

The days are getting shorter and colder here but just as busy. This week we've got some typography and design links. A helpful guide to fonts for complex data, reader submitted maps of their worlds in the time of coronavirus, a brand identity by Pentagram for The Mental Health Coalition, and Hoefler & Co have released a helpful new block of text for proofing fonts, to replace the pangrams we've grown used to.

Links, Week 20, 2020

This week, a few CSS articles. A gallery of CSS art showing what can be created using a single div element, a guide to min, max and clamp, now that these comparison functions are supported, and a series of tutorials showing modern solutions to old CSS problems.

Links, Week 19, 2020

A quiet week with a couple of interesting CSS articles. A guide to text selection in CSS, a minor but nice touch for your website. A detailed list of CSS functions. And, according to new research, nearly 50% of Twitter accounts talking about the Coronavirus might be bots.

Links, Week 18, 2020

The perfect dark mode, a thorough breakdown of spacing in CSS, a "Stay Home" icon from Stephen Kelleher Studio, a look at the cost of JavaScript frameworks, how they impact performance, and how their use relates to the amount of JavaScript used on a site overall, plus a handy security and privacy review of the most popular video call software being used.

Links, Week 17, 2020

A look at the technical problems of real-world contact tracing applications, morphing animations with CSS, pseudo-randomness in CSS, and a helpful guide to the differences between dropdown lists and listboxes and when to use them.

Links, Week 16, 2020

How to survive screens and social media during social isolation, how social media platforms mine personal data for profit, how static website generators work, a tutorial on variable webfonts, and LCH colours come to CSS.

Links, Week 15, 2020

Some interesting CSS in the new Facebook design, a variable font designed to improve reading proficiency, a list of free or discounted tools to support the creative community, and a look at the technology being used to track and trace individuals via Bluetooth, GPS and mobile phone apps to help determine whether individuals have come into contact with people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Working remotely with Zoom? There are some concerns about the security of the platform

Zoom has become one of the most popular apps for teleconferencing leaping from 10 million paid users to 200 million in March this year. But the Zoom platform has a troubled history with security and encryption, sharing data with third-parties, and worrying software installation practices. Now law enforcement and government bodies are warning against using the platform.

Links, Week 14, 2020

An interview with Jason Friedabout the learning curve of remote work, using CSS to indicate scroll position, and the CSS feature element() that allows you to display the content of an element as a background-image. Plus Google has released data showing changes in mobility due to COVID-19.