Since such overhauls are relatively infrequent and set the stage for a web site for years to come, they are rare and vital opportunities to step back to basics. What should the site be? What should it express? Who is it for and what should it do for them?
MindBody is a web-based management system widely used by yoga studios. Using MindBody’s SOAP-based API, eeMindBody provides an easy way for a studio’s ExpressionEngine web site to access its MindBody data.
Important to consider: despite choice fatigue, "users do benefit from some symbolic choices":https://medium.com/s/story/the-ux-uncanny-valley-cf30df9fb45a, this piece argues.
"itshello.co":https://itshello.co/ — clientless, open-source video chat in the browser.
Now that's a web site: "New York City tree map":https://tree-map.nycgovparks..org/#treeinfo-2135461 -- every last one, including street view, species, diameter. [via Kottke]
Wow, a "360° Taliesin West walkthrough":https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=iWvNCvUJxvg&utm_source=4.
In case anyone else was mildly traumatized by the way fonts appear on MacOS Mojave due to the disabling of subpixel antialiasing, here's the "solution by Github user alexanderyakusik":https://github.com/Microsoft/vscode/issues/51132#issuecomment-424132330:
defaults write -g CGFontRenderingFontSmoothingDisabled -bool NO
Also, in System Preferences > General, check Use font smoothing when available.
More incredibleness: "sefaria.org":https://www.sefaria.org/, a beautiful bountiful platform of the Jewish texts. What an accomplishment.
John Gruber's Daringfireball reviews — no, _essays_ — on "The iPhones XS":https://daringfireball.net/2018/09/the_iphones_xs and "Apple Watch Series 4":https://daringfireball.net/2018/09/apple_watch_series_4 are a pleasure worthy of their subject matter. They feel informed, informal, thoughtful. "Series 4 is to Apple Watch what iPhone 4 was to iPhone," Gruber writes. "The model that takes the original design to a new level."
How did I not know about ribbonfarm all these years; truly I've been living under a rock for ages. Thoughtful, concise, erudite, relevant: "Tendrils of Mess in our Brains":https://www.ribbonfarm.com/2017/01/05/tendrils-of-mess-in-our-brains/ by Sarah Perry.
Turn screen mock-ups into web pages, web pages into dynamic screens.
nce we’ve populated the system with content data and produced the screen mock-ups, it’s time to knit these together and build something that the world can actually view and use.
After producing the View we move on to the Controller. In the case of ExpressionEngine, this means converting the HTML/CSS/JS web pages into dynamic templates, where the variable areas of each template are swapped out with dynamic data by the content management system.
The reason we begin coding only after completing the design work is that wireframes may require modifications once they’ve become mock-ups and visual impracticalities appear.
The entire process, with dependencies