Do we really need to finish all content before researching the project’s visual vocabulary? It’s a tricky question of course. At first I believed it to be impossible even. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. And yet there’s no doubt it would speed up the design process tremendously. So in our latest projects, while we were building the content prototype, we tried something new: we designed a mood board simultaneously. And we did it in such a way that it never conflicted with our holy content-first philosophy. It turned out to be quite successful.
During the winter break Kevin Hughes decided to try and train an artificial neural network to play MarioKart 64:
After playing way too much MarioKart and writing an emulator plugin in C, I managed to get some decent results. Getting to this point wasn’t easy and I’d like to share my process and what I learned along the way.
Now, I don’t wholeheartedly agree with this, as other experiments have already verified that Google indeed indexes JS content. What I think is going on is that Google has 2 crawlers: one dumb/fast one sans JS execution (to quickly index new sites), and a smart/slow one with JS execution (which visits the site later).
Also, I once read a similar article (but cannot seem to find it back) that used window.setTimeout to see how long Google allows the JS execution. If I remember correctly Google will let your scripts run for some time between 30 and 60 seconds max.
Mid-December Nils Adermann – Co-Founder of Packagist Conductors & Creator of Composer for PHP – announced Private Packagist.
Being a hosted service, setting up your own Composer package repository on Private Packagist is done with a few clicks. No matter if your private source code is hosted on GitHub, GitLab, Bitbucket, any of their on-premise solutions, or in any other Git, Mercurial, or Subversion repository, Private Packagist can immediately access your code after setting up your credentials to make it available for installation through Composer.
A few years ago I tried setting up Satis, but that didn’t quite work out. Private Packagist would’ve been handy back then 🙂
If you can make a bird out of circles, then you can probably make all sorts of animals. I wanted to add something more design-based to my portfolio, so I made that my personal challenge. The idea was to draw animals from exactly 13 circles, and I decided to match that number by making 13 animals.
Anna Debbenham – creator of styleguides.io – wrote a book on … Style Guides:
Designers and developers have taken different approaches to putting together their own web-based style guides. This book highlights the various techniques and the projects that have used them. It’s packed with practical tips, whether you’re starting from scratch or assembling one for an existing site.
This book is for people who build stuff for the web and want to make their own style guides. It’s full of techniques, practical advice and examples for both coders and non-coders.