Khoi Vinh, designer and blogger at Subtraction.com, interviews digital designers about their careers. Because no one teaches you how to build a design career, it’s interesting to see how these industry-leaders did it… and it’s fun to see how luck and coincidence played an important role for them too.
Recently I had to design my first Windows 8 app. It ended up being fun, but the lack of resources and documentation (specially if you compare with iOS and Android) turned this into a challenging experience. Well I wish I had found this blog post before. Designer Katie Riley writes about her process and frustrations designing for Windows (pretty much the same ones I had) and she also shares some free resources, including an amazing Sketch app template.
In the last few months I’ve been posting links about front-end style guides and related resources. Well, this one has them all. It’s an extensive collection of articles, books, talks, tools and even podcasts about style guides and pattern libraries. I think one of these days I’ll write a longer post about how we wrote the style guide that we use at My Big Campus.
If you use a static site generatork like Jekyll or Middleman, Proteus will help you get up an running. It’s a collection of starter kits that will give you a basic foundation for your site: HAML + Coffeescript + Sass + Bourbon + Neat + Bitters… That’s pretty much the same setup I use. If you use Serve instead of Jekyll, this Serve Project I forked a few months ago uses the same components except Bitters.
I wanted to talk about some tools I use so I wrote down a list that I called “Nerd Fun Tools”, but then I found this blog full of nerdy interviews with people talking about stuff they use. I think that’s a better format than just writing a trillion nerdy posts about similar stuff, so I’m going to pretend I’m interviewing myself and I’ll talk about stuff I use.Read more
The process has been pretty smooth and I’m surprised of how easy it was to migrate the old content, posts and links. I might miss some things from TXP, like having a nice back-end or a search engine built-in, but it should be easier to tweak the design of this site using Jekyll and the workflow is very similar to the one I use at work. I am also hosting this in GitHub Pages, what makes everything even easier.
Anyway, I’m giving this thing a try for the next few weeks. I’ll keep changing things here and there and if I don’t like it I can always go back to good ol’ Textpattern.
If you're not happy with Apple using Helvetica Neue as the default typeface in Yosemite, give this a try. This is a modified version of Fira Sans that works as the default sytem font once it is installed in your fonts folder. Not perfect yet, but getting there...