Conference season is in full swing. Smashing standup meetings involve discovering just where in the world our remote team happen to be checking in from this week. Many of the team members will be together at SmashingConf NYC 2018 next week, and there are still a few tickets left! If you can get there, it looks like it will be amazing two days of learning and meeting friends old and new.
Last week, we also published a brand new Smashing Book: Form Design Patterns by Adam Silver is a practical guide to building and designing inclusive forms for the web. You can read an excerpt from the book, “A Registration Form”, in which Adam takes a look at the foundational qualities of a well-designed form and how to think about them. If you enjoy reading it, you can get the book right away.
— Rachel (@rachelandrew)
Table of Contents
- Complex Animations Made Easy
- A11y Style Guide
- Useful Resources To Up You In The VS Code Game
- What Can My Font Do?
- Color Inspiration From Forgotten Times
- SmashingConf New York Is Coming
- Design Abstraction Escalation
- Upcoming In Smashing Membershp
- Our Next Smashing Workshops
Building complex animations for native apps is usually a difficult and lengthy process. The design team at Airbnb set out to solve this problem and now introduced an open-source tool which helps you do the same: Lottie.
Lottie is an iOS, Android, and React Native library that renders After Effects animations in real time, allowing apps to use animations as easily as they use static assets. If you want to see what others have done with the help of Lottie, be sure to check out LottieFiles, a community to find, test, and share animations. (cm)
What accessibility pieces should you include in a project? And how do you implement inclusive design when the project doesn’t have a lot of time or budget? A component-driven approach can make the undertaking a lot more efficient. The open-source A11y Style Guide helps you get started.
Components include everything from cards and forms to media, navigation, and more. To make your site more inclusive, the tool comes with pre-populated accessible components that include helpful links to related resources and WCAG guidelines. One for the bookmarks. (cm)
VS Code can help developers take their productivity to the next level, and with the right tools and resources you can get even more out of it. We compiled some useful VS Code resources that are bound to up you in that VS Code game.
If you want to see what a font is capable of, Wakamai Fondue is for you. Upload a font to it, and the tool will tell you about the features in the font. It’ll also provide you with the CSS you need to use these features in your project. Handy! (cm)
How about some color inspiration that is, well, a bit different? Brought to life by Brandon Shepherd, Color Leap takes you on a journey through 4,000 years of color history.
From 2,000 BC to the 1960s, the project showcases 180 color palettes from 12 distinct eras, each one of them representing the color language of its time. Fascinating! (cm)
Just one more week until SmashingConf NY and we have only a few tickets left! At the conference, we’ll be exploring front-end techniques and design strategies that will help you become better designer and developer.
SmashingConf is a friendly, inclusive event which is focused on real-world problems and solutions.
We’ll dive into new challenges, solutions, and opportunities: from progressive web apps, front-end and HTTP/2 to serverless, Vue.js and Nuxt, all the way to inclusive design, branding and machine learning. Plus a bunch of hands-on workshops on design, front-end and UX.
Ah, need to convince your boss? We’ve got your back, too! (PDF, 602 KB). We’d love to see you there!(cr)
“What are we losing by abstracting our design processes? Could it be as fundamental as losing a sense of humanity in our work?”, asks Mark Boulton in his article “Design Abstraction Escalation”. A thought-provoking read about how good design often falls victim to conformity and efficiency and how you can prevent yourself from walking into that trap. (cm)
We recently added our newest book Form Design Patterns to the Smashing Membership, an eBook on designing and coding accessible and progressively enhanced web forms. The eBook is included in the Smashing Membership. Each member makes a difference and gets valuable content from it, too!
Coming up next:
- Smashing TV: “Visual Studio Code Is On Fire!” with Burke Holland. (Oct. 30, 11:00 AM Eastern)
We are very grateful for the kind and generous support of 1,238 members. Thank you so much for making it happen!
In our workshops, we are looking into the current state of front-end and interface design, covering advanced challenges and actual real-life solutions to front-end problems. Coming up next:
Or, if you’d like to run an in-house workshop at your office, please get in touch with Vitaly at firstname.lastname@example.org and briefly describe what problems you’re facing and would like to solve. Don’t worry about the costs — we’ll find a fair price for sure. Get in touch — it’s that easy!
- PWA, Git, And Designing For Humans
- The Dark Side Of The Grid and Font-Size-Controlled SVG Icons
- Making Future Interfaces and Privacy By Design
- Persistent Changes In DevTools and Vanilla Autocomplete
- Git Commands, React Handbook, and a Smashing Survey
- Utility-First CSS and Optimizing For Screen Readers
- Design Eye, Custom Audits, and Browser Monoculture
- Avoid Drop-Downs, State of JS 2018
- Dark Mode, Variable Fonts, and Local SSL Certificates
- CSS Houdini, Gutenberg, and Git Branches
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