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Weekend Reading – GoldieBlox

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Design objective

“If your design comes back from testing as perfect, you did the testing wrong.” — Jakob Nielsen

Typeface vs. Font: Terminology Smackdown. TL;DR:

In traditional print, the distinction is easy: a font was a typeface set at a certain size, weight and style and cast in metal. [but ...] In its digital form, fonts are more flexible and the moment when a typeface becomes a font is way more nuanced. In fact, it’s common to use the two interchangeably.

Supercharge your Workflow in Sketch covers 8 shortcuts for getting more out of Sketch.

CSS Overlay Techniques will teach you about absolute vs fixed positioning, outline vs shadow, and the <dialog> element (polyfill here).

Ultimate flexbox cheat sheet. This will come in handy one day.

Less Hat 2.0 is out. A collection of Less mixins that support all the popular – including the hated one – browsers.

How iOS decides which wireless network to auto-join. The big little detail, and why it's better at deciding than I am:

When iOS evaluates SSIDs to auto-join, it prefers known networks, higher levels of security, and stronger relative signal strength (RSSI).

Upwell Design Studio Secretly Test Product in IKEA. Damn creative.


Lines of Code

js2js is a revolutionary open-source compiler from JavaScript to JavaScript. If you don't understand the joke, consider yourself lucky.

Use ECMAScript 6 Today; so who else is using const and let instead of var?

Aanand Prasad:

1% inspiration, 99% wrapping things in setTimeout() until it works


Peopleware

Fight Like You're Right, Listen Like You're Wrong and Other Keys to Great Management. Lots of good advice, what stood up for me is this sentence, a litmus test of every good or bad boss I ever had:

“After people talk to you, do they come away with more or less energy?”

The Dirty Secret Behind the Salesforce $1M Hackathon. I can't say I'm surprised, not even a little bit. Apropos corporate-benefit hackatons, Ben Taylor nails it:

Hey cleaners, I'm holding a cleaning hackathon at my house this weekend. There will be cleaning mentors and lots of cleaning supplies.

Why Do I Always Wake Up 5 Minutes Before My Alarm Goes Off? Science explains how our built-in clock works as well as our cell phone.


None of the Above

Theory finds that individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome don’t lack empathy – in fact if anything they empathize too much.

A crossword based on the Adobe password leak inspired by XKCD.

Physical Google Wallet Card launches. Sounds like NFC is heading the way of the QR.

Dads Are the Original Hipsters (15 Pics)

29 Dumb Things Finance People Say:

"Earnings missed estimates."

No. Earnings don't miss estimates; estimates miss earnings. No one ever says "the weather missed estimates." They blame the weatherman for getting it wrong. Finance is the only industry where people blame their poor forecasting skills on reality.

GoldieBlox. Brilliant!