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Web design in a component-driven world

Responsive design is evolving. Una Kravets:

Today, when using the term: “responsive design”, you are most likely thinking about using media queries to change layout when resizing a design from mobile size, to tablet size, through to desktop size.

But soon, this perception of responsive design may be considered as outdated as using tables for page layout.

“Responsive” used to mean a web design would respond based on the size of the device accessing it. In the not-so-distant future, it will mean a web design responds to the preferences of the person, the container its placed in, and to the many form factors (including folding screens) it encounters. Exciting times!

Web design in a component-driven world

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Designing for failure

Stephen Lindberg takes cues from the level design in Super Mario 3D World and applies it to user experience design:

You may not know what a Conkdor is, but the design problem is universal: “how do we reduce cognitive load without sacrificing interest and fun?” To summarize the video, game designers would approach the problem like this:

  1. Introduce a new concept in a way that the player is not punished for failing.
  2. Build upon that concept in a way that challenges the player.
  3. Combine the concept with other familiar concepts to put a new twist on it.
  4. Give the player a reward!

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A collection of human interface and software design guides

Geof Crowl:

After posting about the OpenStep User Interface Guide, I started to wonder how many different human interface guides or software design guides that I could find from the past and present. It doesn’t seem like there’s a good collection of these anywhere on the internet, especially in regard to past software design guides. I think there’s a lot of value in these even outside of just being a historic reference.

An excellent starting place, whether you’re looking for help designing your UI or help designing your UI design guide.

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What the history of HTTP status codes can tell us about the future of APIs

Darius Kazemi writing in Issue #14 of Increment magazine:

HTTP status codes are largely an accident of history. The people who came up with them didn’t plan on defining a numerical namespace that would last half a century or work its way into popular culture. You see this pattern over and over in the history of technology.

Because technology isn’t immune to historical contingency, it’s important for us as engineers to remember that long-lasting technical inflection points can occur at any time. Sometimes we know these decisions are important when we’re making them. Other times, they seem perfectly trivial.

The Changelog The Changelog #410

Bringing beauty to the world of code sharing

Carbon is an open source web app that helps you create and share beautiful images of your source code. Whether you’ve used Carbon personally or not, odds are you’ve seen its dent on the universe of social code sharing. Mike Fix has been maintaining Carbon for a few years and he’s embraced the project as an opportunity to experiment and practice working in public.

On this Maintainer Spotlight episode, we chat with Mike about building Carbon, growing its community, sustainability models, and why he loves the world of open source.

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