From the Notebook

Issue 54

Week 44, 2015

UI development

  • All about mix-blend-mode, as in “reverse text color based on background color” with just CSS.
  • Trix, a contenteditable-based WYSIWYG by Basecamp folk.
  • Photonkit, supposedly the fastest way to build beautiful Electron apps using simple HTML and CSS.
  • ECMAScript 6 Quiz. A short and sweet way to catchup on what’s new in ECMAScript 6. Not sure I grasped it all just yet, but that’s fine too ;)
  • Using web fonts in email, an quick read for the adventurous wishing to use web fonts in emails. Recently updated, so the info should be fresh despite the old publication date.
  • SMYCK, a pretty color scheme for terminal I’ve been using for a while now.
  • Typeset.js, a ty­po­graphic pre-proces­sor for your html which uses zero client-side JavaScript and does things like: hang­ing punc­tu­a­tion, soft hy­phen in­ser­tion and small-caps con­ver­sion. All automagically as simple as require('typeset') and typeset(html).
  • CSS Modules in React apps, that’s the way to do it: CSS Modules by Glen Maddern. This entire approach is just so good. Can’t wait to give it a go.


  • Hack, an open-source monospace font designed for all things code.



  • This might come in handy: Docracy, the web’s only open collection of legal contracts.


“You start to notice the colors of the walls and the sounds from the kitchen. You start to smell the food in front of you before taking the first bite, just to be able to figure out a way to describe it in words. The details of the people around you, even the colors of their eyes, will become targets for your interest.”

Being human

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