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Creative Mornings Düsseldorf December 2020

An Illustration by Lara Paulussen for Creative Mornings December 2020 showing the word “biophilia” with letters made of flowers. A woman is sitting behind the letters on the right side of the image.
Illustration for the December 2020 theme of Creative Mornings by Lara Paulussen

A few years years passed since last time, but I am happy to be back at the Creative Mornings Düsseldorf stage with a short talk. This time virtual and together with Fabienne Schovenberg and Sandra Christmann. Each of us is going to give a short 10-minute presentation (in German this time). Tickets are still available. So why don't you grab a coffee and pop in. It is a free event and a good way to start the last day of the week.

Morning Vibes

A photo I took in the morning, showing a path in the forest, trees to the left and the right, leaves on the ground.

Taking the dog for a walk, while getting my youngest to school and before going for a run.

Elsewhere: Instagram

⇾ “Yes or No?” — One Checkbox vs Two Radio Buttons (Sara Soueidan)

Should you use a checkbox? Or should you use two radio buttons? Which one should you use when you can use both?

These are the questions Sara is looking into. What’s the answer? Well, read on to get her point of view here …

⇾ Visit: “Yes or No?” — One Checkbox vs Two Radio Buttons (Sara Soueidan)

Morning Impressions with a Panda

A photo I took in the morning, showing a cuddle toy panda placed on a tree in our forest.

More impressions from a morning walk. Not as nice to shoot, when I compare it to yesterday’s weather, but the autumn mood and atmosphere clearly shines through. Found a panda, a giant asparagus (?) and deer.

Elsewhere: Instagram

November Morning Impressions

A photo I took in the morning, showing a foggy field, where the sun is breaking through the fog, a house far away on the right and a few trees on the left side.

Impressions from a walk on an early Monday morning. Somehow a nice way to start the week. It has been pretty cold and a foggy curtain hung over the fields and forest. But the sun gave it a lovely light and color. So I grabbed my iPhone and shot these photos while being out with my dog.

Have a good start into the new week all of you! ☀️

Elsewhere: Instagram

⇾ A Complete Guide to CSS Gradients by Geoff Graham

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A nice, (maybe) useful and complete guide to CSS gradients by Geoff Graham on CSS Tricks

⇾ Visit: A Complete Guide to CSS Gradients by Geoff Graham

Blackmagic Design ATEM Switchers Update Now Stores Startup State

On October 27 Blackmagic Design released an ATEM switchers update to 8.5.1 that finally saves the startup state of an ATEM Mini. This is great news, as you now don’t have to load your state using restore anymore and your media library is also stored on the device. This also is super handy, as you not necessarily need a laptop anymore, when you are on the road and are streaming, as the device, once powered up, has all the settings stored. But do you spot the sad part?

ATEM Mini Pro and ATEM Mini Pro ISO now have non-volatile memory.

Yes. This update sadly only brings this to the ATEM Mini Pro and ATEM Mini Pro ISO. Any ATEM Mini owners, still need to restore their settings every time they start the device to load the media library for example.

Anyways, I am happy that at least two of my three ATEM Minis are able to start with the settings I need now.

Short after Blackmagic Design released the version 8.5.1, they released version 8.5.2 which fixes a bug that some external USB drives did not work anymore, when trying to record videos with the ATEM Mini Pro and the ATEM Mini Pro ISO.

Visit the Blackmagic Design support center to download the latest version.

⇾ Forensic Architecture Timeline and 3D Model of Beirut Port Explosion

Impressive work on the research and building this forensic model about what possibly happened during and before the explosion in Beirut.

Forensic Architecture was invited by Mada Masr to examine open source information including videos, photographs, and documents to provide a timeline and a precise 3D model to help investigate the events of that day.

⇾ Visit: Forensic Architecture Timeline and 3D Model of Beirut Port Explosion

Painting with the Web (Matthias Ott)

I actually can’t add too much to Matthias’ article. He take Richter’s work and his process and compares this to his idea of how we should think about building for the web. He says:

By using static wireframes and static layouts, by separating design and development, we are often limiting our ability to have that creative dialogue with the Web and its materials.

So true. I had a lovely conversation about something similar also with Cassie and Charlie in my last Stay Curious Café.

But read on yourself now. ;)

Happy 200 Dear Veerle

Illustration by Veerle Pieters showing a big 200 to celebrate the 200th edition of her newsletter

This morning I had edition 200 of Veerle’s wonderful newsletter in my inbox. I am still a big sucker for newsletters and am subscribed to a lot. But honestly: there are not too many that are as consistent in terms of being sent and quality for such a long time.

I raise my coffee cup, say congrats! and on to another 200. ;)