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Marc Thiele on creating the schedule for beyond tellerrand

I know very few people who curate better conference line-ups than Marc Thiele and I was proud to speak at his first event in Berlin last year. It’s great that he’s written up how he thinks about conference schedules so that hopefully others can learn from him.

Jeremy Keith’s 100 words 016

I’ve been enjoying—and a little jealous of how he can write every day— Jeremy Keith’s 100 words series. Today he wrote about A List Apart’s 15 Years of Dao and I could not agree more with what he said here:

I fear that today we run the risk of treating web development no different to other kinds of software development, ignoring the strengths of the web that John highlighted for us. Flexibility, ubiquity, and uncertainty: don’t fight them as bugs; embrace them as features.

Substitute ‘software development’ with ‘digital product design’ and you have what Dan and Jeffrey were talking about on Unfinished Business this week.

Also, as I said in 2006 at John’s Web Directions conference, “the web is not a power drill.”

Debug podcast episode 47

Speaking of podcasts, the latest episode of Guy English and Rene Ritchie’s Debug is well worth your time as Don Melton—former Director of Internet Technologies at Apple—and Nitin Ganatra—former Director of iOS Apps at Apple—talk about presenting to Steve Jobs and offer a wonderful insight into working at Apple.

Banksy’s letter on advertising

People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you're not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you.

Something tells me that Jeremy will approve of this.

Jerry Seinfeld’s Clio Acceptance Speech - YouTube

Jeremy pointed me to this. I supppose he likes it because it fits his dislike of advertising. I like it because it fit my dislike of awards.

Zoe Gillenwater on Leveling Up With Flexbox

I’ve wanted to meet Zoe Gillenwater for years and have just watched her at Smashing Conference in Oxford give the best presentation of the conference on flexbox progressive enhancement.

Her message was, you may not use Flexbox for whole page layout due to legacy browser issues, but there’s no reason not to use it for enhancing interface elements. She’s followed that up with links and resources. I’m going to have a hard time following that at my workshop tomorrow.

It’s not new enough

Mark Boulton on defining responsive web design:

We’ve heard this line time and time again over the past couple of years. You see, responsive design is a useful term and one that will stick around for a while whilst we’re going through this change. How else do we describe it, otherwise? Web design? I don’t think so. No board member is going to get behind that; it’s not new enough.

All’s Farrah In Love

A fascinating story in Texas Monthly—not a publication that I often read— about the court battle between the University of Texas and actor Ryan O’Neal over an Andy Warhol painting of Farrah Fawcett.

Farrah and O’Neal were the Brangelina of their day—the glamorous Hollywood king and queen whose every move was captured by the tabloids. One of their fans was Andy Warhol, who became obsessed with the couple. He gave them a drawing on a tablecloth of two hearts coming together, and in 1980 he painted two nearly identical silk-screen portraits of Farrah, in which she stares intently, her red lips pressed together, her eyes bright green, and her hair brushed behind one shoulder. One painting went to O’Neal’s Malibu beach house, the other to Farrah’s home in the hills above Bel-Air.

The Day We Fight Back (Against Mass Surveillance)

In celebration of the win against SOPA and PIPA two years ago, and in memory of one of its leaders, Aaron Swartz, we are planning a day of protest against mass surveillance, to take place this February 11th.

Typekit: Kerning on the Web

A nice run-down of typography kerning and the font-feature-settings property in CSS.

Ignore the irony of the poorly kerned ‘Web’ in Typekit’s title.