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  • Can I Use…

    I’ve been using caniuse.com as a reference for what HTML5 and CSS features are supported in which browsers (and which versions). It really is an excellent resource.

  • Adobe’s New Campus

    Looks pretty amazing. I hope they’re going to throw everything Flash related into that fire.

  • Added my quick thoughts to this discussion on Designer News:

    I started out purely as a designer and quickly built my first ever portfolio site in Flash because I didn’t have the time to learn HTML and CSS until I was suddenly made redundant and I had plenty of time to teach myself. I watched all the videos from the Lynda.com course, CSS for Designers by Andy Clarke and Molly E. Holzschlag: http://www.lynda.com/CSS-tutorials/for-designers/216-2.html

    I went from thinking I could never learn to understand CSS to being confident. It covers the basics very well, although it’s now almost 7 years old, so definitely isn’t the best place to learn everything but I still think it’s a great place to start, especially if you don’t know anything at all. Then you can branch out and learn CSS3.

  • Layers App

    Layers is a Mac app which takes a screenshot of your screen, outputting as a PSD with each window and element separated out into layers. Quite impressive.

  • Jonas Downey, of 37signals argues that learning Rails has made him a better designer.

    An interface isn’t just a series of static screens pasted together. It’s a flow, with inputs and outputs. You can’t truly evaluate an interface until you can use it, and you can’t use it until you build it. Anything less than the real thing is a fuzzy approximation.

    It’s fine to bring in a programmer when you’re confident that your idea is worth building, but what if you’re not so sure? Now you’ve used someone else’s time and mental energy to make something that might hit the dumpster. That stinks.

    Funnily enough, I recently started the Ruby course on Codecademy. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  • Some interesting bits and pieces here. Some of the presentation seems confusing and unfinished but I assume it’s because Lea was demonstrating effects on the fly directly in the presentation.

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