From the Notebook

Issue 40

Week 02, 2015


UI development

  • Snabbt.js is a minimalistic (and rather impressive) animation library in javascript.
  • Designing for Print with CSS is a stellar piece of advice on setting up your web content for print with Prince. By Rachel Andrew.
  • So yeah, Prince is a rather pricey app for converting HTML files to print-sweet PDFs.
  • InputTypes looks like a decent reference for all those input field types you never remember and their validations patterns.
  • CSS Gradient Animator needs no further explanation. I might end up using the thing as often as CSSArrowPlease or js2coffee. Thank you internet.

Data visualization

  • Kimono’s web data extractor abilities surely look impressive.
  • Lyra is a web-based free and open source interactive environment that enables custom visualization design without writing any code. Looks exciting!

Multimedia

  • Nice implementation of an online documentary piece: Dreamreach. Elegant, snappy, responsive and all that. Some Explore bits seem a bit odd, especially those humongous videoquotes but well done, nevertheless.
  • Recording in out in the open myself every now and then, I’ve been scouting for similar project for some time now: SoundCityProject. Lovely lovely implementation. Notice even the sound volume dims when on About page.

Social Media

Being human

  • Who wouldn’t wish to pass some part of his life travelling around the world, possibly fitting in work in the travel non-schedule. I surely did at some point and articles like Vitaly’s I am homeless can’t do else than revive the lust for being “homeless by design” for a while.
  • Your TED-inspired New Year’s resolutions: “Instead of focusing on outcomes, why not set your sights on process?”. My favs:
    • 1: Make time to make art.
    • 3: Walk more, sit less.
    • 4: Practice gratefulness daily.
    • 8: Read books that challenge your perspective and beliefs.
    • 10: Take breaks from your devices.
  • Three more of those New Years Resolutions ideas, this time from Oliver Burkeman, of which two particularily resonated with me:
    • Start meditating.
    • Select something to stop doing this year.

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