Brent Jackson’s Colorable & Shade

Brent Jackson (http://jxnblk.com) has been building some really great tools recently. Colorable helps you test color combinations/palettes with WCAG accessibility guidelines in a visual way.

colorable

He’s also built a text version with a crazy-simple UI.

colorable-text

And if you haven’t spent too much time playing with those, he’s also built a visual gradient explorer called Shade.

shade

Google “Mobile-Friendly” Labels

I really like the new “Mobile-friendly” labels Google is putting on search results

mobile-friendly

A page is eligible for the “mobile-friendly” label if it meets the following criteria as detected by Googlebot:

  • Avoids software that is not common on mobile devices, like Flash
  • Uses text that is readable without zooming
  • Sizes content to the screen so users don’t have to scroll horizontally or zoom
  • Places links far enough apart so that the correct one can be easily tapped

Even more exciting to me is the potential for mobile-friendliness being a factor in search result ranking…

We see these labels as a first step in helping mobile users to have a better mobile web experience. We are also experimenting with using the mobile-friendly criteria as a ranking signal.

Use the Mobile Friendly Test to check your site.

Froont on the 9 Basic Principles of RWD

My jaw hit the floor when I saw the visuals paired with this Froont post on the 9 Basic Principles of Responsive Web Design. Each animation does such a great job of showing the impact/benefits of each principle. Amazing work, Sandijs! Here’s a sample, but be sure to check out the entire post.

Responsive Web Design Relative Units from Froont

MSHP 1994 in 2014

 Naomi Atkinson and James White (aka SignalNoise) created an absolutely glorious 2014 riff on Microsoft’s 1994 homepage for Net Magazine.

MSHP 2014 by Naomi Atkinson and James Whitems-homepage-1994-scrn

Read the post about the restoration of the 1994 homepage here.

Ghostbusters on the Big Screen

I saw Ghostbusters on the big screen for the first time this weekend. The larger scale made it easier to look past the foreground and appreciate some of the more subtle things happening off to the side. First, we have the housekeeper trying to extinguish flames with a spray bottle:

And easily my favorite of all is Rick Moranis mimicking Harold Ramis:

On Being Relaxed

Bill Murray on being relaxed & being good:

I think the only reason I’ve had the career life that I’ve had is that someone told me some secrets early on about living. You can do the very best you can when you’re very, very relaxed, no matter what it is or what your job is, the more relaxed you are the better you are. That’s sort of why I got into acting. I realized the more fun I had, the better I did it. And I thought, that’s a job I could be proud of. It’s changed my life learning that, and it’s made me better at what I do.

via Austin Kleon & Winnipeg Free Press