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⇾ From A Colourblind Designer To The World: Please Stop Using Red And Green Together

Andrew Wilshere explains what red and green colorblindness is, how it affects him and how to find solutions for your websites to make it more accessible for people with “deuteranopia”.

⇾ Visit: From A Colourblind Designer To The World: Please Stop Using Red And Green Together

Pocket Casts Acquired by Automattic

We've got some really exciting news we'd like to share with you - Pocket Casts is joining Automattic, the incredible company behind WordPress.com, Tumblr, WooCommerce, and other fantastic products.

Last night I got an email from Pocket Casts about that they’re excited to be acquired by Automattic. I remember the one blog post by Jeremy Keith about “how excited companies are about getting bought” (I can’t find it right now). And I have to admit, the second I read about Pocket Casts acquisition, I somehow had a bad feeling. Not because Automattic is a _bad company, but too often I have companies, apps and services dying or at least having worse service or none at all anymore. I could mention many examples here. But as Moritz Gießman stated on Twitter, last time when Automattic bought Gravatar the service stayed more or less as it was before.

What is your experience with this? Join the conversation here.


Update 20 July 2021: Pocket Casts replied to me on Twitter stating …

“@marcthiele no plans to shut it down, just make it bigger and better. Welcome aboard!”

And later …

“ @marcthiele well we have some experience with this already. We've been on the team since 2010, and already were purchased in 2018 by US public radio. I get the healthy skepticism but I feel like there's more nuance here than just a blanket rule for what getting bought means :)”

⇾ An Interactive Guide to CSS Transitions (Josh W Comeau)

This tutorial is meant to be accessible to developers of all experience levels. It can be thought of as “CSS transitions 101”. That said, I’ve sprinkled in some interesting and obscure tidbits — no matter your experience level, I bet you’ll learn something!

What I really like with this guide is, how many examples it holds to see and understand the things josh is explaining. Very nice.

⇾ Visit: An Interactive Guide to CSS Transitions (Josh W Comeau)

⇾ The New Version of Alfred App is Coming With Universal Actions

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Alfred 4.5 brings a new Powerpack feature; Universal Actions. Take any text, URLs or files and perform actions on them from anywhere within Alfred or on your Mac using your Universal Action hotkey.

Right now it is still in beta, but you can install this beta to test it, if you like. Simply follow the link …

⇾ Visit: The New Version of Alfred App is Coming With Universal Actions

⇾ I Love Typography – Now With Shop

I Love Typography, known for it’s great blog about type related topics, now has a shop as well. On Twitter they stated they launched with 40 foundries and 7000 fonts. Plus some of the world’s best designers are launching 15 new typefaces with them to celebrate the opening.

⇾ Visit: I Love Typography – Now With Shop

⇾ Sans Bullshit Sans

How could I have missed that?! Sans Bullshit Sans, a font that replaces every buzzword by a Comic Sans-styled censorship bar. By Roel Nieskens.

Sans Bullshit Sans is an experimental font using the power of ligatures to turn bullshit language into bullshit images.

Mark Boulton just re-tweeted a tweet about it and I love it!

⇾ Visit: Sans Bullshit Sans

Jon Hicks Made a Font out of His Fathers Handwriting and That Made His Father Immortal

The father of Jon Hicks recently died and that is always a very sad moment. Someone who guided and accompanied you through your whole life suddenly is gone. And I could simply relate to Jon, when he wrote

[…] it feels like 2021 is the year of being weighed down by the sheer heaviness of grief.

I was able to relate not only because I lost my first brother in 2013, when my wife’s grandma died also, but also because when my other brother died end of 2015, our dog Baldo died after 16 years of being with us as well. Back then it seemed for me as if one death never comes alone.

In Jon’s post about his father’s passing, I also was reminded, that a death can also be something very peaceful, like when my mother died in 2017. Sitting next to her bed for the last hours together with my wife, my sister and one of my nephews had something very peaceful and I think in some way it gave myself some kind of strength and made me remembering all the good times I had with my mother.

Now, Jon made something lovely to make his father immortal not only for him and his family – as those of our families who die are immortal for us anyway – but he created something that also makes him being remembered by others. He created a beautiful font out of his fathers handwriting.

I also love, that he was able to use his dad’s handwriting now for all the documents for his dad’s funeral, which makes it so personal and lovely.

It is lovely to read about the process of Jon creating this font and him enjoying to do this. Sending out a big hug to Jon and his family!

You are able to use the font for free, but a donation to Parkinson UK is suggested


Update: Jon updated Bryan and enhanced it with more ligatures, an uppercase Q and an uppercase ẞ (Esszett)

⇾ A Guide To Accessibility Tooling

Nic Chan has written a handy guide to accessibility tooling for Smashing Magazine.

⇾ Visit: A Guide To Accessibility Tooling

Got a Sony ZV-1 as Second Camera and Alternative to my EOS R for Streaming

A photo showing my new Sony ZV-1 camera including a SmallRig cage and a Rode Video Mic Pro
Next to the camera I got a SmallRig cage, as a mounted tripod would block the batterie and card slot, next to other benefits …

I was looking for an alternative to my EOS R, which I right now use as main camera in my streaming setup. I installed Magic Lantern on my Canon 7D Mark I and it helped getting a clean HDMI signal out of the camera, but the 7D felt – related to streaming – outdated and not good. I still like it as a camera to take photos with, but for streaming, I was looking for another option.

I do have an EOS R as well, which works fantastic for streaming, but for a lighter setup or to quickly take the camera with you, it is pretty heavy and bulky. I looked into several option and ended up with the Sony ZV-1, which I caught in a discounted bundle with the wireless control grip.

I watched a lot of reviews about the camera and one of the main cons everybody mentioned an issue that, when using a grip or tripod, your battery and SD card slot is blocked and you would have to un-screw the tripod/grip each time you wanted to swap battery or take out the card. So I got the SmallRig cage which offers man possibilities. Another downside of the camera mentioned was the battery time, as the battery is very small. Well, I might mainly use it connected to the power supply via USB anyways, when streaming, but I got a 3-pack incl. charger (Amazon affiliate link) for the camera in addition as well for around €25.

So far I am happy with it and the quality of the output. The pro feature anyone mentioned was the good and fast autofocus as well as a good quality image. The built-in microphone is ok, but since I already owned a Rode VideoMic Pro (Thomann affiliate link), I am using it with the ZV-1 and it is surely improving the sound.

I might give you an update when I used it for a while, but so far I am happy with it.

⇾ CSS Layout Generator by Brad Woods

A very handy CSS layout generator for quick layouts done with CSS Grids. A Flexbox version is on the roadmap.

⇾ Visit: CSS Layout Generator by Brad Woods