Great collection of web design articles

This is a great collection of articles with a big impact on the web design scene. Collected by Jordan Moore.
Also available as mobi version for your Kindle: Instapaper–


  • A Dao of Web Design by John Allsopp (2000)
  • Responsive Web Design by Ethan Marcotte (2010)
  • Mobile First by Luke Wroblewski
  • There Is No Breakpoint by Ben Callahan (2013)


  • Compose to a Vertical Rhythm by Richard Rutter (2006)
  • More Perfect Typography by Tim Brown (2011)
  • Fluid Type by Trent Walton (2012)


  • Never Use Black by Ian Storm Taylor (2012)


  • Made to Measure by Allen Tan (2012)
  • Content Choreography by Trent Walton (2011)


  • Atomic Design by Brad Frost (2013)
  • Of Bears, Bats and Bees: Making Sense of the Internet of Things by Scott Jensen (2012)

Paper: “Managing for Breakthroughs in Productivity”

This article is about creating and managing projects so as to deliberately and predictably produce results well beyond what could have been reasonably expected beforehand. This methodology was originated in the mid-1980′s and applied to 20 engineering projects at IBM with spectacular results. In the years since, many projects in a myriad of fields have been managed using the same techniques with similar results. This article describes the original IBM projects and some of the additional projects undertaken since then. It also outlines the methodology used and provides perspective on why the methodology works and the pitfalls to be avoided.

by Allan L. Scherr (PDF download) via Scott Berkun

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Agile Development, Agile Design

.. Avoiding Pitfalls in an Iterative Model (by Leisa Reichelt)

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There is a commonly held belief that Agile Methods and User Centred Design do not play nicely together. On the contrary, Agile and UCD have much to offer each other. Each can learn and benefit from the other, and work together as a robust design and development methodology.

Including an introduction to the principles and practices of Agile Methodologies, this presentation explores the opportunities for UCD in an Agile environment, how designers can shape Agile to better support their work, and what designers can learn from Agile methods.

Leisa Reichelt at Web 2.0 Expo Berlin from Johannes Kleske on Vimeo.

Web 2.0 Expo Berlin Highlights

Web 2.0 ExpoDie Web 2.0 Expo in Berlin vom 5.-8.11.2007 kommt, wenn man sich durchs Web klickt, nicht gerade gut weg. Viele beschweren sich über das schlechte Essen, die schlechte Wahl des Veranstaltungsortes, gestörtes WLAN usw.

Ok, wenn man die Konferenz besucht hat, um dort gut zu essen, war man dort in der Tat richtig falsch. Und es hätte den Organisatoren sicher auch nicht geschadet sich den Ort des Geschehens (Berliner Messegelände) vorher einmal genau anzuschauen. Allerdings zählt bei einer Konferenz letztendlich der Inhalt und der war, meiner Meinung nach, gut aufgestellt, um zu erfahren wie die Web 2.0 Community im allgemeinen tickt, welche Probleme und Herausforderungen es gibt und was die neuen Trends sind. Ich für meinen Teil konnte in den 4 Tagen folgende Highlights ausmachen:



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Wie wird das Web im Jahr 2020 aussehen?

Wer sich diese Frage stellt, sollte sich die Studie vom britische Social Issues Research Centre (SIRC) ansehen:

Life online: The Web in 2020 – A study by the Social Issues Research Centre on behalf of Rackspace Managed Hosting

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SD Forum: The eBay Architecture

Im SD Forum gab es am 29.11.2006 einen interessanten Vortrag von Dan Pritchett und Randy Shoup über die eBay Architektur. Im Mittelpunkt stand vor allem, wie man mit Größenordnungen dieser Art:

  • 212 Millionen registrierte Benutzer
  • 1 Milliarden Seitenaufrufe pro Tag
  • 26 Milliarden SQL Anfragen und Updates pro Tag
  • Speicherung von über 2 Petabytes Daten



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Snips and Spaces: Managing Microlearning

Interessantes Paper über “Microlearning” und die Kombination von Weblogs und Wikis:

Abstract. Radically lowering “barriers to publish”, wikis and weblogs are rapidly gaining acceptance as simple and hassle-free ways to share and link information in a community of interest (or overlapping communities of interest). Based on a working definition of microlearning as learning from microformats, we discuss the characteristics of both formats and outline problems that may arise in a microlearning context. We propose that by combining both formats to form an integrated whole, those problems can be largely solved. This is complemented by a description of several aspects of Vanilla, a system based on this idea.
(by Christian Langreiter, Andreas Bolka)

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XP Days 2006

xpdaysAm 24. November 2006 fanden in Hamburg die XP Days statt und es waren mal wieder interessante Vorträge darunter. Besonders empfehlen kann ich Agile Entwicklung a la “The Eclipse Way” von Martin Lippert, Developer Awareness von Shamsuddin Butt und “Information Radiation in der Praxis” von Ilja Preuß.

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WikiSym 2006

2006 International Symposium on Wikis – August 21-23, 2006, Odense, Denmark

The research paper track presents and discusses breaking wiki research, the panels let you listen to and contribute to topics like “Wikis in Education” and “The Future of Wikis”, and the workshops let you get active and contribute to on-going research and practitioner work with your peers. (Many workshops accept walk-ins, so it is not too late!) Equally important, Gerard Muller of the Danish Open Space Institute and Ted Ernst will facilitate an on-going open space track at the Wiki Symposium.

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Calculating the True Price of Software

Therefore, the major difference in worldview between open source advocates and proprietary software license advocates is explainable as a differing opinion on the correct value of the volatility of maintenance and upgrade pricing. People who believe that the pricing on maintenance is stable and unlikely to change see greater intrinsic value in the software. People who fear that the pricing is subject to large fluctuations see no intrinsic value in the up-front license; stripped of the options, the license value approaches $0.

For the open source movement, perhaps a better way to position the change that OSS is making is this: we’re converting warrants on future maintenance and enhancements into options, which means that instead of having a sole supplier (warrants), we have created a third-party market (options) of these derivatives.

How capitalistic is that?

by Robert Lefkowitz (link to article)

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Paper: Communicating Communities

Direct Verbal Communication as a Catalyst of Agile Knowledge Sharing

This paper discusses the role of conversation and social interactions as the key element of effective knowledge sharing in an agile process. It also presents the observations made during a repeated experiment on knowledge sharing conducted in various groups of professionals and students. The study suggests that the focus on the pure codified approach is the critical reason of Tayloristic team failure to effectively share knowledge among all stakeholders of a software project. Drawing on the knowledge-as-relationship perspective of knowledge sharing we theorize that verbal face-to-face interaction facilitates achieving higher velocity accomplishments by software development teams.

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