corenominal

Full stack web developer, interested in all the things, but especially the web, code, design, Linux, OS X, PHP, WordPress, JavaScript & robots.

Tagged: tips

The New Rules of Form Design image/svg+xml

Every day, we use forms for essential online activity. We fill them out to complete purchases; to sign up for email lists, social networks, and more; to participate in discussions; and to describe that oh-so-delicious looking photo of our lunch. It’s hardly hyperbole to say they’re the lifeblood of digital information sharing. For many years, however, with few improvements to be found, forms have been mired in working “well enough” but not exactly well. Now, modern techniques—when used correctly—allow designers to produce faster, easier, and more productive form experiences.

Some good tips on how to design better web forms. FWIW, I really dislike filling out forms, so if you’re a web designer and you’re reading this, please follow the tips in the article. Kthxbai.

Use Cases for Fixed Backgrounds in CSS image/svg+xml

The background-attachment property has never seemed all that useful to me. I have always looked at it as some sort of old school design trick from the GeoCities days to get a repeating background to stay in place during scroll. Turns out a background with a fixed position can be much more useful than that.

Some nifty examples of the background-attachment CSS property. I really like how you can use this to achieve a fairly dramatic effect with relatively little effort.

45 Github Issues Dos and Don’ts image/svg+xml

Some great tips on how to behave on GitHub. I particularly like the “Being a Decent Human Being” tips, including:

Do be charitable with your interpretation of others’ words. For example, reasonable interpretations of “What do you not understand?” include a condescending insult or hurried clarification attempt. But the most charitable interpretation is that it is an open ended invitation to be a data point used to improve the documentation. With global diversity of personalities and cultures participating in open source and the low emotional density of written text, always default to the most charitable interpretation of others’ words.