Ward Nicholson summarizes the current state of play "regarding web typography":http://wardnicholson.com/achieving-enhanced-web-typography/. He mentions my two go-to Adobe plugins, BalanceText and Dropcap, both of which will eventually be part of CSS.
A review of the new "disenchantment with our overly-enchanting digital lives":https://medium.com/@ariannahuff/the-great-awakening-8bf08fa95eda by one Arianna Huffington of all people.
Nice piece exploring how "gradients are ok again":https://uxplanet.org/why-gradients-are-back-to-rule-in-2018-8b36711c335f because Nature.
Like latter-day cave painting, "people are getting creative with their iPhone home screens":https://twitter.com/rands/status/966038725271502849. The main aesthetic beyond spacing seems to be color-coding, which may be admirable but also a bit precious. The tool to do it all is the very cool "Makeovr":http://makeovr.io.
Some "cool CSS things I didn’t know about":https://medium.com/@peedutuisk/lesser-known-css-quirks-oddities-and-advanced-tips-css-is-awesome-8ee3d16295bb in this list. Nice job.
Good gumption. "Frank Chimero expresses many thoughts I've had":https://frankchimero.com/writing/everything-easy-is-hard-again/ on the depressing explosion of complexity in web development. I particularly agree about being able to View Source, which is one important reason I don't use CSS pre-processors: I want people to be able to read the CSS as I coded it, whether to know what to copy or what not to copy.
A deep dive into "iPhone X's notches":https://medium.com/tall-west/no-cutting-corners-on-the-iphone-x-97a9413b94e by interaction designer Brad Ellis. [via Daringfireball]
"A gifted mimic, he nonetheless eschews regional accents for comic effect." "Dean Allen, RIP":https://om.co/2018/01/18/dean-allen-rest-in-peace/ by his friend Om Malik. I used Allen's work to type this very link; he invented "Textile":https://web.archive.org/web/20021226035527/http://textism.com:80/tools/textile/, a method for writing HTML (now superceded in mindshare by John Gruber's Markdown). See also "Gruber's":https://daringfireball.net/2018/01/dean_allen and "Jason Kottke's":https://kottke.org/18/01/rest-in-peace-dean-allen eulogies.
"The blockchain is our way back to the open internet":https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/16/magazine/beyond-the-bitcoin-bubble.html, explains Steven Berlin Johnson in this long ??New York Times Magazine?? piece.
??City Journal?? has a nice new design by "Goodfolk":https://goodfolk.agency/ of Chicago. Dig the topics list, both the titles and their order. And on mobile at least the article titling over the imagery is intense.