“the stone has been unstuck”

Matt Mullenweg, on the release of a new homepage for WordPress.org, which hasn’t seen a redesign in a long time:

What’s on the page today actually isn’t that important, even though it’s better in many ways, the key is that it’s changing again, the stone has been unstuck and can now keep rolling.

I like that sentiment. With a redesign, sometimes it’s not so much about the new pixels themselves, but the fact that a workflow is now in place for the work to continue.

Reblogged from css-tricks.com

BitTorrent is helping me design websites faster with my team

BitTorrent?! Don’t judge. There is so much more to BitTorrent than pirating music and movies. My fellow designers and developers at clevermethod are not stealing anything, The only things my fellow designers and developers are stealing are profits from Dropbox, BOX, Creative Cloud, you name it.

BitTorrent Sync (although they recently updated the logo on the site to ‘Resilio’) is the name of the free lightweight app we have been trying out to quickly share large files back and forth while keeping them in sync.

“Powered by BitTorrent’s leading peer-to-peer technology.”

“Free, unlimited, and secure file synchronization and sharing.”

Since there is no cloud storage involved hard drive space can be eaten up but physical storage is cheaper than a monthly/yearly subscription to someone else’s storage.

Working collaboratively on large brand websites means more designers, more developers, more assets, larger assets and faster turnaround times.

Why not simplify the process with basic P2P networking? There are not a lot of good reasons why we need a server in between to slow things down.

Beautiful websites that don’t rely on thoughtful photography

Before you force bad stock photos into your website consider not using any photos.

Also, before you become married to a $12 a month Squarespace theme realize that they are primarily designed around having exceptional photography.

Content is king. Consider showing your audience a photo if they need to see it.

Here is some inspiration:

Why use Adobe Illustrator for “user centered web systems”

AREA 17 makes it pretty clear why. This article is packed with tips and screenshots that will make sure you are pixel perfect. Fireworks was as good maybe even better until it became unsupported. That’s right I said it, Fireworks.

The Pixel School is a design methodology created by Arnaud Mercier (May 10, 1972 – September 26, 2011) and formalized by AREA 17. It is a defined way of working that has great impact on the final product. It consists of a set of design principles and the techniques to achieve them.

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