Torque Toons: GDPR TLDR

The GDPR, or General Data Protection Regulation, is coming May 25th. It’s similar to the European Cookie Law, but a lot more strict and specific on what data sites can collect from users. In spite of many recent news stories about big companies mining our data, I still find myself oddly dreading designing a site post-GDPR. …
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Catching up on AMP News

The big news since we last talked about AMP is that the AMP team announced that there will be a way for non-AMP sites to make their way into the coveted Google search results carousel. Malte Ubl:

Based on what we learned from AMP, we now feel ready to take the next step and work to support more instant-loading content not based on AMP technology in areas of Google Search designed for this, like the Top Stories carousel.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Content Syndication

If you’re frequently publishing content on your ‘dev blog’ or elsewhere on your site, you’ll obviously want it to reach as many people as possible. This is possible through ‘syndication’ – essentially, getting your content onto multiple blogs at once. Content marketing can positively impact the number of leads you get, so automating the process …
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10 Design Tips for Wedding Cards & Invitations

Wedding season is here. Whether you’re planning to design invitations and cards for your own wedding, or for a client or a friend, there are several wedding card design tips that you’ll want to consider! Wedding invitations present an opportunity to work with some beautiful elements and printing techniques to create a piece of art […]
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w descriptors and sizes: Under the hood

Eric Portis digs into how the browser decides which image to downloads when you give it <img srcset="" sizes"">. Notably, a browser can do whatever it wants:

Intentionally un-specified behavior lets browsers provide innovative answers to an open-ended question.

Still, calculations happens based on what you give it and you can still do a good job with that part.

The very weirdest part about all this is that the sizes attribute can alter an images “natural width”, which can …

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A DevTools for Designers

There has long been an unfortunate disconnect between visual design for the web and web design and development. We’re over here designing pictures of websites, not websites – so the sentiment goes.

A.J. Kandy puts a point on all this. We’re seeing a proliferation of design tools these days, all with their own leaps forward. Yet…

But, critically, the majority of them aren’t web-centric. None really integrate with a modern web development workflow, not without converters or plugins anyway; and …

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Tracking Uncertainty of Work

Ryan Singer writes about project and time management issues that I’ve been experiencing lately. He describes two states of every project: uncertainty and certainty, or “figuring things out” and “making it happen.”

Ryan describes it like this:

Work is like a hill with two sides. There’s an uphill phase of figuring out what to do and how to approach the problem. That’s the climb. After you reach the top, there aren’t anybody [sic] ruinous unknowns. You can see down to …

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Building an Email List in WordPress – What Business Rookies Need to Know

Attracting customers and business associates is one of the crucial aspects of every new business enterprise. If you’ve just set your foot onto the business path, it’s vital to know that you need to generate new leads in a personal manner. And the most personal feature used by every entrepreneur is the email service. Therefore, …
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7 Tips for Creating a Time-Saving Design for Users

Users have short—very short—attention spans. That’s probably evident just looking through your website analytics. This makes it more important than ever to deploy design techniques that help users scan and get the most information from your website in the shortest time possible. It is your job to understand what users need to glean from the […]
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