Mar 31 2013

Mervyn Peake: An Illustrator and Writer Ahead of his Time

What do I care for the symbolism of it all? What do I care if the castle’s heart is sound or not? I don’t want to be sound anyway! Anybody can be sound if they’re always doing what they’re told. I want to live! Can’t you see? Oh, can’t you see? I want to be myself, and become what I make myself, a person, a real live person and not a symbol anymore. (from Gormenghast.)

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Mar 30 2013

The Ambassador, Noupe’s Easter Gift To You: A Premium WordPress Theme For Free

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“The Ambassador” is an excellent WordPress theme for business, resort, basically any type of hotel. The modern and intuitive design uses full-width photos to better highlight a hotel’s beauty and style. There are 12 built-in color styles that you can build upon, so as to adapt the theme to your own taste. Best of all: While “The Ambassador” would normally set you back 200 USD, you can grab it for totally nothing. We’ve teamed up with its creators, Hermes Themes, to bring you this Easter gift.

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Mar 29 2013

Games Galore: Building Atari with CreateJS

CreateJS + Atari + Internet Explorer 10

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Mar 28 2013

PNG Optimization Online and Local: Can CompressPNG and ImageAlpha Dethrone TinyPNG?

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If you are a regular reader, you will certainly remember TinyPNG, a fresh service, created by Voormedia from the Netherlands, that lets you compress PNGs easily and to a noticeable extent. Many of you, I know I did, will have integrated TinyPNG into their daily workflows. Around 70% less weight than before is what TinyPNG promises and almost always achieves, while you don’t even see the difference. A brand-new service from the Czech Republic by the name of CompressPNG has arrived, ready to dethrone TinyPNG. Chances are good, as you’ll see if you read on. Mac users will find a nifty alternative to both online services…

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Mar 27 2013

80,000 Lines of Objective-C: Bringing Multi-Touch Physics to the HTML5 Browser

"Contre Jour" is a video game that is "blurring the lines between interactive art and games". Made popular on iOS, and created by Maksym (Max) Hryniv, Contre Jour is known world-wide for its innovative gameplay, charming art style, and captivating soundtrack. With the debut of Internet Explorer 10, Microsoft was looking for an opportunity to demonstrate the updated JavaScript engine and advanced multi-touch features they had packed into their new browser.

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Mar 26 2013

Full Throttle: Cloudflare Promises To Boost Your Website’s Performance

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Websites nowadays should best be jack of all trades services. Extremely fast, secure against attackers, packed with lots of the most amazing features. This is not easy to accomplish. We could try to lock in dozens of web developers for weeks and not let them out before they offer a fitting solution or, we should look for other ways. The start-up Cloudflare from San Francisco offers one of these “other ways” and its quite disruptive. Their solution: Route all your traffic through our servers, we’ll take care of the rest. Sounds easier than it actually is.

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Mar 25 2013

Mandatory for Web Developers: Free Video Tutorials on Chrome DevTools by Code School

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Are there web developers who have never heard of Chrome DevTools? I don’t know of one single example. Chrome DevTools are a developer’s friend. Directly implemented into the browser, they deliver tools that are inescapable when it comes to web programming, especially the debugging part of it. Getting started with DevTools is not exactly complicated, but – as always – any help in accomplishing a faster start is greatly appreciated and lowers the inhibition threshold for newcomers. It is exactly such an entrance (and more) that the free video tutorial “Explore and Master Chrome DevTools” offers you.

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Mar 24 2013

Facebook? I Don’t Care!

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The Maple Kind is a website with a distinct claim that reads “Where infographics meet comics and bullshit!” What urges its creators is to make you chuckle. This sure does sound much simpler than it is, but it definitely implies, how the following infoographic shall be read. Therein, the Maple Kind argues, why we need a new button on Facebook (a few more than one more, in fact). This new button shall be named ” I Don’t Care” and is bound to be the most widely used expression on Facebook, once it has been instated. Though the infographic in fact made me chuckle, The Maple Kind does not follow a far-fetched approach. Take a look at your own use of Facebook. What would you use more often? Like or I Don’t Care? I know what I would do, but I don’t see Facebook as anything of value for modern society anyway…

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Mar 23 2013

uiFaces: Placeholder Service for Avatars in Design Mock-ups

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We have been introducing you to placeholder services frequently. This new app by the name of uiFaces, that we want to show you today, does not stand in line, though. It covers a rather unique aspect of modern design, the integration of Social Media. With uiFaces you can easily integrate social network areas into your design mock-ups. With its ample flexibility, uiFaces covers any use-case.

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Mar 22 2013

IE10 and Beyond: Unifying Touch and Mouse Made Easy with Pointer Events

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I often get questions from developers like, “with so many touch-enabled devices on phones and tablets, where do I start?” and “what is the easiest way to build for touch-input?” Short answer: “It’s complex.” Surely there’s a more unified way to handle multi-touch input on the web – in modern, touch-enabled browsers or as a fallback for older browsers. In this article I’d like to show you some browser experiments using MSPointers – an emerging multi-touch technology and polyfills that make cross-browser support, well less complex. The kind of code you can also experiment with and easily use on your own site.

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