Our friends at MailChimp have made their eBook on User eXperience available for free:
At MailChimp, we love to show our work—partly because it makes us better at what we do. This ebook is a collection of the most popular articles from our UX Newsletter, along with some exclusive content. It embodies our quest to reflect, refine, and grow. We hope it’ll help you do the same. ~ MailChimp
Audio Hijack looks to be a versatile audio recording solution for your Mac:
Record any audio, with Audio Hijack! Save audio from applications like iTunes, Skype or Safari, or from hardware devices like microphones and mixers. ~ Rogue Amoeba | Audio Hijack
I started watching the first of The Hobbit trilogy last weekend. Given I was distracted by a couple other things; however, it didn’t hold my interest. Since it would take me over twelve hours to finish the films, I think that by itself is a big turn off at this stage in my life (we have three children five or under). On the other hand, this guy’s 4 hour edit of all three Hobbit films into one movie sounds very manageable, entertaining too.
The prelude with old Bilbo is gone. As with the novel, I find the film works better if the scope starts out small (in a cosy hobbit hole), and then grows organically as Bilbo ventures out into the big, scary world. It is far more elegant to first learn about Smaug from the dwarves’ haunting ballad (rather than a bombastic CGI sequence). The prelude also undermines the real-and-present stakes of the story by framing it as one big flashback. ~ I have recut Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy into a single 4-hour film | The Hobbit: The Tolkien Edit
Is this post link-bait, perhaps? But still I like it, and I like Creative Market. So, if you’re a designer looking for a t-shirt, check out this post about 12 sites that sell cool t-shirts for designers.
Be My Eyes, crowd-sourced help for the blind:
Be My Eyes is an app that connects blind people with volunteer helpers from around the world via live video chat. Download now and start helping blind people see. ~ Be My Eyes ~ Lend Your Eyes to the Blind
Positionly looks to be an excellent tool for SEO. I plan to take it for a spin here in the next week or so. I’ll report back with my findings.
MINI is “a super-simple naked PHP application, useful for small projects and quick prototypes.”
Atlantic.net offers VPS hosting. They interest me because they offer a low-end VPS for $0.99/month. You read that right, ninety-nine cents per month. The specs on it (256MB Ram, 1 vCPU, 10GB disk) probably only make it useful for dev work, but their quick deployment (30s) and 24/7/365 live support have me interested in trying out their offering sometime.
Building a backend business app? The Flakes framework looks like a great starting place for your interface designs:
Stephen Young outlines a couple of common web application architectures in his series “How to become a web developer”.
Picking the web application architecture best suited to your unique needs is vital. In this post I am going to talk about a few of the most common web application architectures you are likely to come across. Every web application has it’s own unique set of requirements and constraints so the architectures I will be listing here are just general examples. ~ Web application architecture — On Coding — Medium
Famed photographer Vincent Laforet shares his photos and experiences from a 7,500′ flyover of New York at night:
Imagine leaning out of an open door of a helicopter 7,500 feet over New York City on a very dark and chilly night… And seeing this: ~ Gotham 7.5K by Vincent Laforet (Storehouse)
Froala, makers of a yet-to-be-released website builder, have released their jQuery based WYSIWYG text editor for inclusion in your projects. Linking to this one as it might come in handy on a project I’m currently working on: WYSIWYG HTML Editor | Free for non-commercial | Froala.
If you follow Apple-focused blogs, you may have seen this one during the past couple of days. If not, this conceptual mockup is worth a look: CURBED/labs has re-imagined the original Macintosh with a modern facelift: CURVED/labs: Original Macintosh – 2015 Concept
Jason Rodriguez’s new book Modern HTML Email looks to be a definitive guide to building outstanding, cross-client, responsive HTML emails.
Coding HTML emails that work on today’s range of devices sucks. Let me help by teaching you how to build robust, responsive, and effective HTML emails that get the results you want. ~ Modern HTML Email.
Check out this sample of the book for some great tips and info.