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Pixel, Devicepixel, ppi, and your Mom

Assuming your mom is a designer, working with Photoshop on her fairly new Macbook 15", and putting out comps for "mobile"*.

Somehow many of us assumed that an iPhone has a "screensize" of 320 x 480px, an iPad has 768 x 1024px and next up in line we have the laptop screens and desktop screens. Mom's Macbook for example has 1440 x 900px.
So, what's your mom gonna do? Sitting on her 1440 x 900px screen, she is very likely to open a photoshop document and give the canvas a dimension of 320 x 480px, and happily starts designing a screen that should fit in there.

*) Now for the sake of this article, I won't go into details of how working with a defined height/width canvas in itself is a problem for "mobile" design, there's plenty of info around that out on the web. Plus I won't go into details why with the arrival of the iPhone 5 and its 640x1136 screen the "this is iPhone" thinking is over.

Smashing Conference, Freiburg, Germany, September 2012

The first Smashing Conference was the second »web« conference I attended. Having talked with Vitaly Friedman and Marc Thiele at last year's »Beyond Tellerrand«, it was a no-brainer to attend the debut of Smashing Magazine's conference. I was sure that this would be another great opportunity to refill my drained batteries, to catch up with the changes happening in our industry, to get to know in person the likeable people who inhabit my twitter-timeline, well, frankly, to have a good time.

The Findings of the Digital Marketing for Small Agencies Survey

Newfangled, a webdevelopment studio with offices in North Carolina and Rhode Island, interviewed about 300 small agencies about their digital marketing practises.

Last month, we began a survey of the digital marketing practices of small agencies in the United States and elsewhere. The survey contained 132 questions, covering the operations, business practices, websites, content marketing, social media, web development and sales practices of participating firms. The survey respondents provided us with a huge amount of information, which we've organized, analyzed and prepared to share with you below.
- newfangled.com

This is interesting:

59% of the small agencies interviewed are not ...

The Mobile Shift – the end of small studios?

[TL:DR] With the cultural change in processes (agile vs. waterfall), the need to educate clients and partners, and the imperative of working early in processes, small studios may lack the financial resources and manpower to fund this pioneering phase. Big agencies on the other hand have the resources, contacts, and the standing to establish new processes and cross-finance.

Client-Work, CMS and versioning…?

Hello fellow webworkers out there, this is a question I've had for a while now (and still have not found *the* answer).

How do you establish a versioned workflow for a typical client-website-job, a website which is driven by a cms like TYPO3 or Drupal and is hosted on a server that's in the client's responsibility or on a typical hosting environment?

Things to consider:

Editors on the client's side will add or remove contents, either directly via the cms or directly on the server.
Several people are used to work on templates or css/js files - through laziness or ...

Make #grid.js play nicely with wraps

Fueled by Jon Tan's talk at the Beyond Tellerrand conference, I tested the hashgrid.js for my "About me" page.

While trying to get the baselinegrid play along with relative values instead of the fixed pixel values, I noted a strange behaviour.

I wanted the grid to work only on my wrapping element (in my case the body-tag which I had set up with a width in CSS) and not on the whole document. I figured that, because the grid uses position:absolute to place itself, I only needed to apply position:relative to the css-rules for my body-tag in order ...

LESS is more, more or less

(Updated: please see update at the end of this post)

Inspired by the recent article “Less” on “Stuff & Nonsense” by Andy Clarke (@malarkey), I finally jumped the wagon and had my first round with the CSS-pre-processor Less.

My usecase is a rather large website that changes it’s colour-scheme to complement the look of the corresponding print-magazine, which is published roughly every two to three months.

I have a rather simple colour-scheme, with a solid basecolour and three variants that are basically results of overlaying the base with different transparent whites (50%, 80%,90%), along with some solid white, black ...

Quality Is Not An Option

A brief musing on why creative and passionate people tend to be the ones not getting paid.