Apple's Continuity: Maybe more than meets the i

One of the key features in OS X Yosemite and iOS8 is Continuity.

Continuity allows easy handoffs of features between your iPhone, iPad, MacBook, iMac or Mac Pro. Answer a phone call or text message on your laptop. Even if you don’t have wi-fi, you can easily create a wi-fi network from an instantly created hotspot from your phone.

This has always seemed like a somewhat handy feature, but a bit quirky. Sure I guess I’ll answer a call on my computer rather than pulling out my phone?

Adding a sticky footer with flexbox

If you work on almost any site design, you’ll run into a fun little problem: short pages, and the footers that hate them.

Footers should be at the bottom of the page. Not just hanging out at the bottom of your content, but at the foot of your viewport. Nice and orderly, always in the same spot, no matter the height of the page, rather than just wandering to and fro up the screen like barbarians.

The worst thing you'll ever write

A former professor from my alma mater shared this article on Facebook: “ABD Company: What’s worse than getting a Ph.D. in today’s job market? Not finishing one.” by Rebecca Schuman

The article takes a good look at the challenges that can lead to an incomplete dissertation, in particular the anxiety about seeking perfection before turning in work for review. One line struck me in particular:

Accepting imperfection

I’m getting ready to launch a new design for my personal site. It’s not perfect, and it’s not complete.

There are more improvements I can make to the design, more types of content I’d like to add, more landing pages, search options, better taxonomy: a whole host of things. I could work to get all of those things done before I launch, and it would be quite some time before I launch.

Or I can take a deep breath, accept the imperfection, and get ready to press the launch button.

Izzy's first blog post

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She got most frustrated when she tried to touch the laptop's screen, and it didn't do anything.

It amazed me how quickly she has picked up using technology, even with only a few minutes of access every so often.

We had to lock down our iPhones and iPad, because she was using Siri to access all sorts of apps on the phone, including Target shopping.

First? Or best?

First? Or best?

I fell asleep last night around 3 a.m. I'd been up late working on the web design book I'm writing. This book has kicked my butt and is easily one of the most difficult things I've ever had to do.

When I wrote the proposal for the book last fall, I laid out the unique niche my book would target, and how no other books had targeted that particular niche.

Why I loved Editorially

I’m writing this post in Editorially, one of my favorite web apps of all time.

This tool I’ve grown to love excelled at simplicity, getting out of the way to let me focus not on words or fonts, but on flow. On Editorially, the terrifying reality of a blank white document didn’t seem so scary. Instead, Editorially invited you in, whispering, “Calm down, this is a safe place to settle in and write.”

Getting more involved with Drupal

I’m really excited about the global sprint weekend for Drupal this weekend, so I wanted to share how I started to get more involved with Drupal, as well as some great resources that I’ve found helpful.

I started working with Drupal over five years ago now. At the time, I preferred to hand-code HTML and CSS for sites that I built, although I wrote some custom backend code with PHP and, yes, ColdFusion. I’m a team of one in my organization, so front end, back end, UX, information architecture, content strategy, those are all on my plate.

Plussing web standards (moving beyond the green check mark)

We’re going to be bringing our daughter to Disney World for her first time pretty soon, so I have Disney on my mind on Blue Beanie Day 2013.

One of the things I love about Disney is how imagineers work hard to “plus” their creations, even when they’re already great.

They ask, how can we take an attraction that is already beloved, like Pirates of the Caribbean, and “plus it” with something fun and new? And soon enough, clever scenes of Captain Jack Sparrow join the fun.

I think that’s a great way to think about web standards.