• people of the web • in alphabetical order

Aaron Gustafson author, speaker, W3C spec editor, principal program manager @ Microsoft Edge

aaron gustafson
photo © Chloe Wright

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  • Web Standards Project
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    Lead (–2013) of the Web Standards Project, a grassroots coalition fighting for standards which ensure simple, affordable access to web technologies for all; project active from 1998-2013.

  • Adaptive Web Design
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    … learn how to use progressive enhancement to build websites that won’t break, work anywhere, are accessible by anyone—on any device, and are designed to work well into the future.

    2nd edition published 2015 by New Riders Pub

  • The Web We Want
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    The Web We Want is a collective effort by browser makers to understand where the dev community would like us to invest our energy.

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Andy Budd design leader, conference speaker, agency founder, coach

andy budd
photo © Andy Budd

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Andy Clarke designer, author, speaker

andy clarke
photo © Andy Clarke

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  • Art direction for the web
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    A brilliant read that takes a look at art direction and how it can be used for enagaging and more unique web layout, published 2019 by Smashing Magazine.

  • Contract Killer
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    Initially introduced via 24ways in 2008, Andy shared his contract and rationale openly, helping many of us to be able to put together better contracts, thanks, Andy :)

  • Transcending CSS
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    “The fine art of web design”, published 2006, revisited in 2019 and published by Stuff & Nonsense Ltd, now availabe to read free online. An inspiring combination of visuals and code, Andy discussed how to be creative with CSS and push your designs further.

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Aral Balkan cyborg rights activist, designer, developer @ Small Technology Foundation

aral balkan
photo © Aral Balkan

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Brad Frost web designer, speaker, consultant

brad frost
photo © CreativeMornings Pittsburgh

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  • Atomic Design
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    This book introduces a methodology for thinking of our UIs as thoughtful hierarchies, discusses the qualities of effective pattern libraries, and showcases techniques to transform your team’s design and development workflow.

    self-published 2016, available as book and to read online.

  • patternlab.io
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    Pattern Lab is a frontend workshop environment that helps you build, view, test, and showcase your design system’s UI components.

  • styleguides.io
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    Website Style Guide Resources
    Real life pattern libraries, code standards documents and content style guides.

  • this is responsive
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    Patterns and resources for creating responsive web experiences.

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Brendan Dawes artist, designer

brendan dawes
photo © Brendan Dawes

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  • Local Murmurs
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    Story-sharing installation for Airbnb at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival

  • The Happiness Machine
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    A simple button reveals happy thoughts from people connected across the Internet

  • POPA
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    The big red button for your iPhone camera

  • Doodlebuzz
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    A chaotic system to help you find things you didn’t know you were looking for

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Bruce Lawson developer, author, speaker

bruce lawson
photo © Patrick Lauke

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Cassie Evans Speaker - Educator - SVG magician @ Green Sock

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photo © Cassie Evans

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Chris Coyier web designer and developer @ codepen, author, speaker

chris coyier
photo © Chris Coyier

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  • CSS-Tricks
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    one of the most popular CSS references sites, with excellent articles by various authors and a CSS Almanac

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Christian Heilmann developer, author, speaker, Principal Program Manager @ Microsoft

photo © Andreas Øverland (via Flickr)

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  • conference speaker & educator
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    Chris is known for his expert talks on JS, workflow and team work, as well as his swift actions following conferences, such as the build of a more accessible YT player following an accessibility conference (2006) – shared freely for use and further development.

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Dave Shea designer, creator of CSS Zengarden

dave shea
photo © Andy Budd

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  • CSS Zengarden
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    CSS Zengarden was a site to promote CSS as design tool and was launched in 2003 with only a handful of  designs. The set challenge was to use the very same HTML  and showcase creative designs implemented via CSS. The result was a vast online gallery of CSS masterpieces, some of which are documented in the book:

    The Zen of CSS Design: Visual Enlightenment for the Web; co-authored by Dave Shea & Molly Holzschlag; published 2005 by Peachpit.

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Ellen Lupton writer, curator, designer

ellen lupton
photo © Ellen Lupton

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  • Design is Storytelling
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    Design is Storytelling is a guide to thinking and making created for contemporary students and practitioners working across the fields of graphic design, product design, service design, and user experience.

  • Thinking with Type
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    published 2010 by Princeton Architectural Press, available to read online.

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Eric Meyer CSS pioneer & expert, developer, author, speaker

Eric Meyer
photo © Adrian Q

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  • CSS Reset
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    the famous CSS reset, created in 2007, updated in 2011 — thank you, Eric :)

  • Design for real life
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    An excellent book on the effect of design in real life situaions and how to improve design processes for different scenarios; published 2016 by A Book Apart.

    Watch Eric’s brilliant talk on the same topic – highly recommended: Designing for Crisis

  • A List Apart
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    Started in 1997 as mailing, published as website a year later — A List Apart publishes ground-breaking articles For People Who Make Websites, credited with shaping the web and still going strong.

    + consequently:
    An Event Apart — web conference
    A Book Apart — book publisher

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Ethan Marcotte web designer, author, speaker

ethan marcotte
photo © Ethan Marcotte

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Frank Chimero designer, author, creative director @ fictive kin

frank chimero
photo © Frank Chimero

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  • The Shape of Design
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    It is not a book which will teach you how to become a better designer but a book which will inspire you to take a deeper look at design itself, to ask questions, to explore and tell your story; self-published 2011; available to read online ~ thank you, Frank :)

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Heather Burns tech policy/regulation specialist, Policy Manager @ OpenRightsGroup

heather burns
photo © Heather Burns

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Heydon Pickering designer/coder/consultant #a11y

heydon pickering
photo © Heydon Pickering

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  • Inclusive Design Principles
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    These Inclusive Design Principles are about putting people first. It’s about designing for the needs of people with permanent, temporary, situational, or changing disabilities — all of us really.

    Co-authored by Heydon Pickering, Henny Swan, Léonie Watson, and Ian Pouncey.

  • Webbed Briefs
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    WEBBED BRIEFS are brief videos about the web, its technologies, and how to make the most of them. They’re packed with information, fun times(TM), and actual goats.

  • Making Future Interfaces
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    Your guide to making and wrapping shapes in CSS, using things like border-radius, clip-path, the CSS Shapes spec’, and paint worklets.

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Jake Archibald developer advocate @ google/chrome,

jake archibald
photo © Andreas Dantz (via Flickr)

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  • SVGOMG
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    SVGO’s Missing GUI – an inexpendable online SVG optimising tool, thank you, Jake :)

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Jason Santa Maria multidisciplinary design/product leader, author, speaker

jason santa maria
photo © seanuk (via Flickr)

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  • On Web Typography
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    A book on the craft of typography on the web; published 2014 by A Book Apart.

  • Typedia
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    A Shared Encyclopedia of Typefaces

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Jeffrey Zeldman designer, author, speaker, member of Automattic advisory board

jeffrey zeldman
photo © Adrian Q

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Jen Simmons author, speaker, designer and developer advocate @ Mozilla

jen simmons
photo © Jen Simmons

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  • Layout Land
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    excellent tutorial series for designers and developers on layout, CSS Grid, and more.

  • The Web Ahead
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    Podcast (2011-16): Jen speaks with world experts on changing technologies and the future of the web.

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Jeremy Keith developer, author, speaker

jeremy keith
photo © clearleft

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  • HTML5 For Web Designers
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    A look at the evolving specs of HTML; first published in 2010 by a Book Apart. Second edition co-authored by Rachel Andrew 2016.

  • Huffduffer
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    Create your own podcast of found sounds.

  • DOM Scripting
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    book: DOM Scripting: Web Design with JavaScript and the Document Object Model; published 2005 by Apress.

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Jessica Hische lettering artist, illustrator, author

jessica hische
photo © Jessica Hische

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  • Don’t Fear the Internet
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    Basic HTML & CSS for non-web designers

  • Daily Drop Cap
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    Since September of 2009, an illustrative initial cap has been posted daily (or at least regularly), to prettify the internet and beautify your blog posts. … The project will end after the twelfth alphabet is complete, but the site will remain up for your use and inspiration. Enjoy!

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John Allsop software developer, author, speaker, educator

photo © John Allsop

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  • A dao of web design
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    An excellent article on the nature of the web. Frequently referenced, it continues to be widely cited as the theoretical foundation for Responsive Web Design. Published online 2000, on A List Apart.

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John Boardley writer & type lover

john boardley
photo © John Boardley

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  • Typographic Firsts
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    A book on the history of type, published i2019 by Bodleian Library, available in German and English

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Jon Hicks designer, author, speaker

jon hicks
photo © Jon Hicks

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Laura Kalbag author, speaker, designer, developer @ Small Technology Foundation #a11y

laura kalbag
photo © Jérémie Fontana

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Lea Verou developer, author, speaker, elected @w3ctag member

lea verou
photo © Lea Verou

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  • Contrast Ratio
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    Brilliant tool to check colour combinations against the WCAG guidelines for accessibility — thank you, Lea :)

  • dabblet
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    dabblet is an interactive playground for quickly testing snippets of CSS and HTML code.

    Brilliant for quick experiments and more — thank you, Lea :)

  • Prism
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    Prism is a lightweight, extensible syntax highlighter, built with modern web standards in mind.

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Léonie Watson developer, author, speaker #a11y

leonie watson
photo © Leonie Watson

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  • inclusive design 24
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    Inclusive Design 24 (#id24) is a free 24-hour online event for the global community.

  • inclusivedesignprinciples.org
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    These Inclusive Design Principles are about putting people first. It’s about designing for the needs of people with permanent, temporary, situational, or changing disabilities — all of us really.

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Liz Jackson disability strategist, founding member of The Disabled List #a11y

liz jackson
photo © Liz Jackson

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Matt Mullenweg webdeveloper, entrepeneur, founding developer of WordPress

matt mullenweg
photo © Matt Mullenweg

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  • WordPress
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    WordPress started in 2003 by Mike Little and Matt Mullenweg as a well designed blogging platform and has since evolved into the popular CMS it is today.

  • distributed.blog
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    The Distributed Podcast is an in-depth conversation about the future of work — with the companies and leaders driving it. Hosted by Co-Founder of WordPress and CEO of Automattic Matt Mullenweg

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Michelle Barker front-end developer, author, speaker

michelle barker
photo © Michelle Barker

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Molly Holzschlag author, speaker, advocate for the social benefits of the web #a11y

photo © Faruk Ateş

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  • Web Standards Project
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    Lead (2004–2006) of the Web Standards Project, a grassroots coalition fighting for standards which ensure simple, affordable access to web technologies for all; project active from 1998-2013.

  • CSS Zengarden
    i

    CSS Zengarden was a site to promote CSS as design tool and was launched in 2003 with only a handful of  designs. The set challenge was to use the very same HTML  and showcase creative designs implemented via CSS. The result was a vast online gallery of CSS masterpieces, some of which are documented in the book:

    The Zen of CSS Design: Visual Enlightenment for the Web; co-authored by Dave Shea & Molly Holzschlag; published 2005 by Peachpit.

    Read this interview with Molly by digital web for more insights.

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Peter Gasston Innovation Lead @ VCCP, developer, author, speaker

peter gasston
photo © Akafeele

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  • The Book of CSS3
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    A Developer’s Guide to the Future of Web Design – an excellent book on the new CSS properties and possibilities; published 2014 by No Starch

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Peter-Paul Koch developer, browser researcher, consultant, CSS coach

Peter-Paul Koch
photo © Roberto Vincitore

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  • Browser Compatibility Tables
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    … hype-free assessments of the major browsers’ CSS and JavaScript capabilities, as well as their adherence to the W3C standards.

    A vital resource for all devs especially in the days of early web standards. Thanks, PPK :)

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Rachel
 Andrew web dev, tech writer for Google, public speaker, member of CSS Working Group

rachel andrew
photo © Drew McLellan

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  • gridbyexample.com
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    excellent collection of examples, video and other information to help you learn CSS Grid Layout — thank you, Rachel :)

  • Perch
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    The really little content management system

  • HTML5 For Web Designers
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    Second edition of Jeremy Keith’s first look at HTML5; co-authored by Rachel; published 2016 by A Book Apart.

  • Notist
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    Notist is a place to build your public speaking portfolio.

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Remy Sharp JavaScript developer, author, speaker

remy sharp
photo © Marc Thiele

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  • FullFrontal
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    Lovingly curated Javascript conference, Brighton ~ very popular in the dev community, highly recommended.

  • Introducing HTML5
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    practical book on the then-emerging changes to HTML; published 2011 by New Riders;
    co-authored by Bruce Lawson & Remy Sharp

  • jsbin.com
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    Collaborative JavaScript Debugging tool

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Richard Rutter designer, author, speaker

richard rutter
photo © clearleft

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Sara Soueidan Web user interface and design systems engineer, author, speaker, and trainer

sara soueidan
photo © Sara Soueidan

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  • Codrops CSS Reference
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    An extensive CSS reference with all the important properties and info to learn CSS from the basics

  • Understanding SVG
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    an excellent 3-part introduction to working with SVGs, highly recommended.

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Seb Lee-Delisle laser artist, presenter, coder

seb lee-delisle
photo © Seb Lee-Delisle

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Simon Collison designer

simon collison
photo © Simon Collison

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  • colly.com v4
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    Don’t make that masterpiece go away. We have so little left of what was glorious.
    Zeldman

  • New Adventures Conferences
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    Lovingly curated conference in Nottingham with select speaker across different fields of design. Highly recommended if it returns!

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Tantek Çelik Inventor, writer, teacher, runner, coder

Tantek Çelik
photo © Adrian Q 2008

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  • box model hack
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    Back in early days, Tantek was working at Microsoft on the Mac version of IE and developed this famous workaround. This hack exploits IE’s bugs to address issues with W3C compliance.

  • microformats
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    Founder & classic microformats spec contributor

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Tim Berners-Lee www inventor, W3C director

tim berners lee
photo © agirregabiria (via Flickr)

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Trent Walton designer & web builder @ Paravel

trent walton
photo © Trent Walton

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  • Fluid Type
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    article on web typography and settings across different viewports, excellent walk-through of fittext.js (jQuery plugin).

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Val Head speaker, author, design advocate @ Adobe

val head
photo © Val Head

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  • The UI Animation Newsletter
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    Weekly web animation resources & inspiration.
    Keep up-to-date on the best web animation, motion design, and UX resources on the web!

  • Designing Interface Animation
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    … how to create web animation that balances purpose and style while blending seamlessly into the user’s experience.

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Veerle Pieters freelance web design & multimedia developer

veerle pieters
photo © Veerle Pieters

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