Fontanello is a browser extension for Google Chrome and Firefox that lets you display the basic typographic styles of a text by right-clicking it. Check it out here!
This essay by Frank Chimero is the smartest thing I’ve read about the web recently. In it, he argues “the web needs pockets of slowness and thoughtfulness as its reach and power continues to increase.” I found it fascinating to read his early experiences of learning how to write markup by reading it. As someone who is passionate about all things web, I hope that this essay inspires the current generation of web designers and developers to keep their work legible for younger designers like myself to learn.
Excellent article by Carrie Cousins on the popular web design blog Webdesigner Depot. Efficiency is an incredibly valuable skill to have as a designer in my opinion.
Incredibly handy article on CSS from web developer Mike Riethmuller.
Discovered this interesting article on ratings system design via Smashing Magazine’s Twitter feed. Personally, I love Foursquare’s venue rating system because it feels nuanced enough while also using tips for further detailed recommendations.
This article by Ruth Hamilton is a good primer on web design etiquette.
This is a really interesting article by Designlab that goes over the essentials of Bauhaus design. I thought the comparison between the Bauhaus School and contemporary web design was particularly great.
I used to shy away from coding, but taking Web classes at my school has shown me how valuable of a tool code really is. As graphic designers, we should naturally reject these no-coding tools in favor of doing it yourself. Learning to code is not easy, but like the author says, “there’s no substitute for the real thing.”