Month: April 2016

Readings for Lunch — [ 28 Apr 2016 ]

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WEB PERFORMANCE

Performance & Usage at Instagram

A case study where identifying and fixing low-hanging fruit reduced network usage, improved client-side reliability, reduced server-side latency, and in turn improved the app user experience.

For Vitaly, and his very pragmatic “low-hanging fruit” philosophy 😉

WEB DESIGN

Designing a Flexible Organism for the Hotel Search Website

A case study about redesigning the item element of the hotel search result list on trivago’s website. Very good read.

Readings for Lunch — [ 27 Apr 2016 ]

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Pitcher Festival in India (source)

EVENTS

Smashing Conference Freiburg 2016

All Smashing Conferences are special events, packed with great speakers and all day long conversations. But this one is going to be unique: Vitaly Friedman will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Smashing Magazine.

PS: I'll be there, so if you are going too let me know 😉

TOOLS

Simply

Via Alexander Sasha Grishin
A very promising tool (“collaboration platform”) for designers and developers that works with Xcode, Android Studio, Sketch and Photoshop.

Readings for Lunch — [ 25 Apr 2016 ]

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Creating Concorde: the world's first supersonic passenger jet (source)

WORK

Management is great leadership

As a leader, you’re an enabler. It’s your job to be that shit umbrella, to enable people to do their best work and get everything else out of the way. It’s your job to help them to become better.

SOFTWARE

Pyramids and cathedrals

The transcript of an old talk ("The Computer Revolution Hasn't Happened Yet", 1997) still has a lot to say about our industry and our “craftsmanship”.

Readings for Lunch — [ 21 Apr 2016 ]

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PERHAPPINESS (source)

COMPANIES

Apple’s organizational crossroads

Apple is unique. Everyone agrees own that. What do we know about their internal work organisation? Not much. Here an article that sheds some light on how the company works internally.

STYLEGUIDES

Clarity 2016 Wrapup

Clarity it's been the first conference entirely devoted to styleguides and design systems. Here a full writeup from Chris Coyer, master of ceremonies of the event. So many things to learn!

Readings for Lunch — [ 20 Apr 2016 ]

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One man's trash: the filtered flotsam of artist Stuart Haygarth (source)

MACHINE LEARNING

How Google's AlphaGo Imitates Human Intuition

Via Daniele Esposti
The computer’s defeat of one of the world’s greatest Go players speaks to the potential for artificial-intelligence systems with real instincts.

LIBRARIES

Flickr Justified Layout

Flickr has just released open-source their code for generating a layout of multiple photos that preserves their aspect ratio. Useful for photo galleries, portfolios, and other image related websites and projects.

Readings for Lunch — [ 19 Apr 2016 ]

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Once Upon A Time In Kazimierz: Stories from the Old World – by Richard Tuschman (source)

INSPIRATION

Design Patterns on Codepen

A collection of design patterns (buttons, tabs, forms, menus, accordions, loaders, etc.) that you can use – for reference or inspiration – for your next project.

SECURITY

Mossack Fonseca Breach

Can a common WordPress plugin be at the base of the Mossack Fonseca breach, the largest financial data leak to journalists in history?

Readings for Lunch — [ 18 Apr 2016 ]

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Sandy cyberpunk by Marek Lenik (source)

TOOLS

The new Framer is here

Framer is becoming one the favourite applications used by designers to build interactive high-fidelity prototypes for iOS, Android, and mobile/desktop web. The new version promises to be even better than before.

WORK

Ways we work – Geoff Teehan

Geoff Teehan, former co-founder of the renowned agency Teehan+Lax and now Product Design Director at Facebook, tells about his work and role.

Readings for Lunch — [ 15 Apr 2016 ]

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An unusual view of London – (source)
This is for you, my dear friend: welcome to London!

FUN

Classing Programmer Paintings

This is just been shared and commented on every possible social network, slack channel, developers chat. But I could not miss the chance to share it here too, just in case someone missed it 🙂

STARTUP

If the ship is sinking, go the fuck down with it

Via Katerine Marie
“Here's an insightful and powerful read for people involved in the startup community.”

Readings for Lunch — [ 14 Apr 2016 ]

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Cambodia by Katherine Marie (source)

WEB PERF

A faster FT.com

How much the speed of a website affects user engagement – in the FT case, the quantity of articles read – and how this can be quantified as impact on the business revenues.

TOOLS

git-time-machine

An Atom package that allows you to travel back in commit history. Niiice!

Readings for Lunch — [ 13 Apr 2016 ]

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Well, why not? 🙂

BRAIN

Equal Pay for Monkeys

Via Jonny Sharp
I saw this video relating to an experiment on unequal pay – thought it would be a good addition to Readings for Lunch. It's a few years old but still relevant.

Thanks Jonny 🙂

FRONT END

Why can't we find Front End developers?

Via Konstantin Dzuin
Written a few years ago but still relevant. Probably not anymore “misunderstood” but still a quite complex field. There's only one thing I don't agree with: the engineering-only point of view. But that's just my opinion 🙂

Readings for Lunch — [ 12 Apr 2016 ]

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Abandoned Power Station by Cesar Azcarate (source)

THINK

Building a lever

If you want to move something, you need leverage — especially if you don’t have the implicit power to make the change.

RESOURCES

icon54

A wonderful set of 2100+ vector icons for iOS, Android, websites & apps. All in different formats and sizes, of course.

Readings for Lunch — [ 11 Apr 2016 ]

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Trees – Irene Kung (source)

CSS FRAMEWORKS

State of affairs: Bootstrap 4 vs Foundation 6.2

Despite being often misused, CSS frameworks still have their reasons to exist. Here a comparison of the latest versions of two of the most common one: Bootstrap and Foundation.

DESIGN

Designing with eye-tracking in mind

Using saccades, dominance and other vision-related “tricks” to guide the user's attention and actions. (There are a lot of pictures that show how the human eye “looks” and reads the web pages and text, if you have never seen it).

Readings for Lunch — [ 06 Apr 2016 ]

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Suntory Yamasaki Distillery – Japan (source)

JAVASCRIPT

In Defense of Hyper Modular JavaScript

“The beauty of our ecosystem is that modular development encapsulates responsibility and forces a separation of concerns. The size of the module should be irrelevant to the discussion, whereas the functionality is key.”

FUN(?)

Issues From Hell

This is a Twitter account that collects all the most incredible and rude and crazy bug reports. You won't believe your eyes.

Readings for Lunch — [ 05 Apr 2016 ]

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Some of the amazing illustrations for the short comic Petitleò e il magico turbante (Petitleò and the magic turban), that Maurizio created to explain his son what was going to happen once in hospital.

THE STORY

Epilepsy? Cut it out!

The story of Leonardo, a kid that despite his illness is always smiling. And how his medical condition has been tackled not only by the doctors, but also by his family.

If you want more informations, there is an entire website (in Italian) about the reasons behind this campaign: http://diamociuntaglio.info

THE CAMPAIGN

Generosity.com fundraising

This campaign will help raise funds to support the Epilepsy Surgery Center “Claudio Munari” based in Milan, Italy.

The raised money will be used to advance their understanding of the causes of epilepsy, study new treatments, offer individualized and optimal care to adults and children, provide state-of-the-art diagnostic approaches and therapies, train the future epileptology specialists.