What happened when a college newspaper abandoned its website for Medium and Twitter » Nieman Journalism Lab

I always love a good story about how new technologies allow for disrupting the traditional ways of doing things. Such is the case with the student newspaper at Mt. San Antonio College in California. They’ve dumped their print edition and website in favor of using Medium (see SAC.Media on Medium) and Twitter (see their hastags #SOSMtSac, #SOSLA, […]

thrifttrac.com #recentwork

Later this week I hope to do a proper write-up on this project, but while it’s still “hot off the press”, here’s a link to my latest work: thrifttrac.com. I designed and built the site in less than one week, just in time for my client’s appearance at a tradeshow this evening. In addition, I also designed the ThriftTrac logo.

Key tools I used in building this site were:

Atomic: Interface design software for professionals

Atomic is a beautiful looking prototype software. I especially love how it allows for collaboration and features a “visual version history”.

atomic-video-preview

Design – Work your way up from a blank canvas, or pull in designs from Photoshop or Sketch.
Prototype – Lay out your states and instantly animate between them, without coding a thing.
Share – Share your prototypes with anyone or view on any device via a humble URL.

Source: Atomic: Interface design software for professionals

Carbo — Handwriting for the digital age

Carbo is an iPad app for capturing your writings and drawings. Once you’ve brought them into your device, it gives you options for making edits, organizing, and more. It seems similar to Adobe Shape CC, but has more features.

Carbo is an application for people who love handwriting. Just use your favorite pen and paper as you usually do, without any constraint. Carbo will let you capture, edit, and organize your notes, design sketches, and whiteboard drawings, bringing handwriting into the digital age.

Source: Carbo

Automattic Acquires WooCommerce

This is the most interesting and exciting news to come out of Automattic (parent company of WordPress) in a while. I’m intrigued to see how WooCommerce evolves.

Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg announced today that the company has acquired WooCommerce, WordPress’ most popular e-commerce platform. The plugin recently passed seven million downloads and stats from BuiltWith show that WooCommerce is dominating global e-commerce platforms, powering roughly 30% of all online stores.This is Automattic’s largest acquisition to date, bringing 55 new employees into the company from 16 countries for a total of 370 Automatticians. Mullenweg confirmed that the acquisition includes Woo, Sensei, and all of the other plugins and themes.

Source: Automattic Acquires WooCommerce

Deck of Cards API

If you know how to code, it won’t take you long to grasp how handy this is: Deck of Cards API. It features an interface for:

  • shuffling the deck
  • drawing a card
  • reshuffling the cards
  • getting a brand new deck
  • getting a partial deck
  • adding to piles
  • drawing from piles

pdfmake – client/server side PDF generation

pdfmake would make a nice addition to any project where you need to generate PDFs. Seeing how easy it is to implement has me thinking of how I could use it to generate highly styled documents in all manner of apps (e.g. invoices, charts, reports, etc).

In-browser – Print PDFs directly in the browser or delegate it to your NodeJS backend. Use the same document definition in both cases.

Fully declarative – Forget about manual x, y calculations. Declare document structure and let pdfmake do the rest.

Powerful layout engine – Use paragraphs, columns, lists, tables, canvas, etc… Declare your own styles, use custom fonts, build a DSL and extend the framework.

~ pdfmake

Roman Mars: Why city flags may be the worst-designed thing you’ve never noticed – TED.com

Watch Roman Mars’s TEDTalk on city flags. In case you’ve never heard of him, he’s the host of one of my favorite podcasts, 99% Invisible.

Roman Mars is obsessed with flags — and after you watch this talk, you might be, too. These ubiquitous symbols of civic pride are often designed, well, pretty terribly. But they don’t have to be. In this surprising and hilarious talk about vexillology — the study of flags — Mars reveals the five basic principles of flag design and shows why he believes they can be applied to just about anything. ~ TED.com