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Wednesday
Sep022015

Why I Love Susy

Grids are an important tool for design, but creating grids in CSS has never been straightforward. Lots of frameworks and tools exist to help us create responsive layouts more quickly and easily, but one that stands out to me is Susy, a Sass-based framework that allows you to create fixed-width or percentage-based grids with relatively little code.

Unlike many other CSS frameworks, Susy is implemented entirely in your Sass files and doesn’t touch your HTML. Put simply, it’s a library of mixins for you to call upon at will to define your layout – and you can use it as much or as little as you like. Susy’s span mixin is really all you need to start with, but there’s a whole range of other features that could also come in useful if you feel like exploring further.

As a designer, I find Susy really speeds up my workflow when prototyping, but there’s no reason why it can’t be used in production code too. As the outputted CSS really only consists of only well-supported properties (floats, margins, padding, etc.), so there are no issues with browser support.

Susy has a growing community and good documentation – there are plenty of tutorials out there to help you get started – which is another reason to recommend it. The documentation hints that version 3.0 could support flexbox and / or Grid Layout, which would make it an even more powerful tool.

If this piques your interest, you might want to read an article I wrote for Smashing Magazine recently: Smarter Grids with Sass and Susy.

Tuesday
Sep012015

National Coding Week: Competition! 

In honour of National Coding Week, Future of Web Apps (#FOWA) London has partnered with Codex DLD and we'd like to hear your stories...

 

Did you quit your job to pursue your love for code? Did you teach yourself the coding skills you needed and are you now more successful than you ever imagined before? Tell us about it!

The Contest:

To enter, simply tell us in a short paragraph how learning code has changed your life for the better. Don't forget to include:
Your Name
Your Job Title
Your Email Address
Your Twitter account (or other social media account of preference)
 
Email your submission to: comp@codingweek.org by Friday 25th September to win an exclusive National Coding Week mug and a ticket to Future of Web Apps, London.
Thursday
Aug272015

Web Design and Development in the B2B Space: Best Practices

Editor's note: This article is written by Ayrald Hubert a Senior Analyst responsible for research and analysis of web design and digital marketing agencies at Clutch, a media partner of Future of Web Design, New York.

Web design and development continues to be an area of brisk activity for companies in the business-to-business (B2B space). With a rapid shift to mobile devices and the need to continually maintain a fresh and technologically accessible web site, it seems that the need for updates is ongoing.

But, the field is competitive and continually growing. Multiple options are available ranging from 16-year-old high school web masters to Fortune 500 firms—and everything in between. As those who have “been there, done that” would tell you, when working at either end of this spectrum there are opportunities to be either delighted or dismayed with the process and the outcome. 

These results aren’t solely on the shoulder of the vendor, though. You’re an equal partner in this process and there are some important steps that you should take to ensure that your partnership with a web design and development individual or firm is as successful as possible.

We asked members of our community to share their insights with us about the advice that they would offer future clients of the firms they worked with. Here’s what they told us.

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Tuesday
Aug252015

Robert Nyman: Insights into the Future of Web Apps

Robert Nyman is a strong believer in HTML5 and the Open Web, and has been working since 1999 with Front End development for the web, in Sweden and in New York City. He currently heads up Developer Relations at Google for the Nordics. He also loves to travel and meet new people.
 
Robert has presented in 32 countries, and holds claim to the title of most well-travelled speaker on Lanyrd. He is listed by Twitter as one of 23 Swedes to follow and 5th best developer in Sweden. He has also run Geek Meet in Stockholm since 2006 – one of the first of its kind for web developers in Sweden. 
 
Future of Web Apps was able to grab some of Robert’s rare free moments to ask about his insights on the future of the industry. He emphasizes the importance of the web staying competitive and interesting for developers, pushing the technical boundaries and targeting the entire world while doing so. He’s also anti-5-year plans, and believes we should jump on new opportunities that come up and always be ready to try new things.

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Friday
Aug212015

Designing for Dyslexia with Andrew Zusman

Future of Web Design has teamed up with The Grumpy Developer to bring you monthly podcast interviews with our super, awesome speakers!

This month, the Grumpy Developer spoke to Andrew Zusman about his talk ‘Designing for Dyslexia’. Andrew is the head of UX research and user testing at Velocis, a design and development studio in Dallas, Texas, where he is is often called the 'UX Whisperer’. He is a veteran speaker and Design for Experience Awards semi-finalist in accessibility.

In this podcast, Andrew introduces us to a unique challenge faced by dyslexics around the world and explains why it’s so important to create designs that are more universal designs that not only better fit dyslexics, but are a better fit for everyone regardless of race, religion, national origin, language or ability.

Don’t miss Andrew’s talk at Future of Web Design, New York. Check out our website for more details and how to book.

Thursday
Aug202015

This Week's News Roundup

 

Ashley Madison hacks, Adobe setting HTML5 as the new standard and Amazon IT culture; We've rounded up this week's hottest trends, giveaways, job openings and things we think you'd enjoy reading!

Trending

IAB Says HTML5 Is New Standard, Adobe Agrees

Advertising Age

Hackers Dump More Ashley Madison Data

Vice

Amazon's Depiction as 'a Bruising Workplace' Stokes Debates About IT Culture

Tech Republic

Wellness

Well-Being in Tech - Who Really Cares?

DevOps.com

When it Comes to Health and Wellness Tech, Women Are Leading the Way

The Next Web

Who’s Hiring?

Squarespace

NYC is hiring a product designer!

What’s Free?

A Web Developer Walks Into a Bar, and Other Great Jokes

Medium

CSS Tricks Office Hours

CSS Tricks

Worth Reading

A Smart New Tool To Demystify The Design Process

Wired

Backdrop Filters and Blur Techniques With CSS3

Surfin' Safari 

The Future of Typography in Web Design

The Next Web

The State of Responsive Images in 2015

Web Designer Depot

Understanding Critical CSS

Smashing Magazine

Send in the Clones

Medium

Thursday
Aug202015

Invent the Future

Editor's Note: This article is written by Spencer Fleming of Launch Academy, A Full Stack development bootcamp and a FOWA Boston Media Partner.

Smart homes have been in the realm of near-future Sci-Fi for quite some time now, and we’ve been told they are “just around the corner” for the better part of the last two decades. But now they are just around the corner. Really.

It wasn’t long ago that a toaster with integrated twitter or a fork with built-in bluetooth sounded absurd (okay, yeah, those examples still sound ridiculous). But now with networked LEDs, thermostats, locks, and home surveillance devices becoming more common, maybe it isn’t too crazy to think that it won’t be long before all of our appliances are connected.

The march toward home automation is part of a larger shift toward the “Internet of Things” (IoT).

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Wednesday
Aug192015

Diana Mounter: Insights on the Future of Web Design

Diana is a product designer at Etsy, based in Brooklyn NY. She takes a considered approach to design, thrives on collaboration, and likes to turn dull meetings into fun and productive experiences through the powers of facilitation with a few sharpies and some post-it notes. Alongside product work, Diana helps teach other designers how to push code and contribute to Etsy's style guide. As a self-taught coder, she draws on her own learning experiences, and uses design-thinking to understand and improve upon the on-boarding and training process. In her spare time she likes to draw robots and make playlists for her music blog.

We got to speak with Diana about her thoughts on the future of the industry from a designer perspective, as well as how to make a difference through designing for a better user experience. 

And, we bet you won’t be able to guess why her nickname is “broccolini.” 

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Monday
Aug172015

Weekly Future of Web Design Give Away: #WhatTheFOWD

 

Tune into FOWD's Twitter page every Wednesday for trivia and giveaways!

Each week one of our very own FOWD expert speakers will ask you a question. For your chance to win, head over to our Twitter page HERE. The first person to answer the question correctly including #WhatTheFOWD, wins a vintage FOWD t-shirt or poster and ticket discounts for Future of Web Design, San Francisco or New York.


Don't miss Alexa Roman's question this Wednesday, August 19 at 9am PT. Good luck!

 

 

 

Friday
Aug142015

This Week's News Roundup