Working in tech and design requires constantly keeping up with the latest techniques, tools, technologies, and industry news. Here are a few of the things our team found useful over the last week.

Design

Adding value to our client’s platform and brand

medium.muz.li
An interesting read on the process for developing illustrations and animation for brands. This article breaks down tasks such as choosing illustration styles with the client, drafting and adding illustrations into context with UI, and prototyping the animation with SVG and CSS.
Adam P

Designer Slack Communities

designerslack.community
A great list of (you guessed it!) designer Slack communities. You can find communities by location or specialization. A great way to get involved with groups you might not have otherwise come across.
Anne

How typefaces influence you

fastcompany.com
A great little read on, as the title says, how typefaces influence us.
Ian

Science confirms it: Websites really do all look the same

fastcompany.com
Some food for thought on website similarities. There doesn’t seem to be a straightforward answer as to whether this is a good or bad thing.
Anne

Sketch for Print Design

medium.com
Although Sketch wasn’t created for print design, there may be reasons you prefer to use it over traditional print software like the Adobe Suite. Here are some useful tips for preparing a file in Sketch for print.
Anne

Tech

A May of WTFs: Let’s hear about all the potholes, roadblocks, and roundabouts!

weblog.rubyonrails.org
Got a complaint about Ruby on Rails? The Rails team would love to hear it!
Ian

Deno – A secure runtime for JavaScript and TypeScript

deno.land
Is this the successor to Node.js and the future of Javascript outside of the browser? Looks like it won’t be coming to React Native any time soon though, and it’s not (without a compatibility layer) going to work with NPM packages. Will be keeping an eye on this.
Mark

Introduction to Stimulus Reflex

gorails.com
Based on Phoenix’s LiveView, Stimulus Reflex allows you to update the browser in realtime to build reactive Rails applications without any Javascript. GoRails has a great introductory screencast to show you its big features and how you can use it in your projects.
Adam A

Modern CSS Solutions for Old CSS Problems

moderncss.dev
Solving the CSS problems of yesteryear with modern CSS techniques.
Ian

Rebuilding our tech stack for the new Facebook.com

engineering.fb.com
It’s very interesting to learn how Facebook improved the experience of their site by reducing the CSS load by 80%, choosing to inline SVG files to reduce flicker, and various other technical optimizations. Some good learning for anyone working on the frontend.
Mark

Second-guessing the modern web

macwright.org
Ever feel like there might be something wrong with SPA-ing all the things? You’re not alone.
Ian