SmashingConf Live – My Experience of Day 1

2012 Vitaly and I started SmashingConf with the very first event in Freiburg. It was meant to be an event for the web community to meet and see each other and the aim was not to only deliver and present high-quality talks, but to make it something memorable and exciting, that people leave highly inspired, with new knowledge and practical takeaways and hopefully with ew friends also. During the last 8 years the event grew to one of the most known in-person events in the web industry. One reason is the great team of lovely people behind it, living what they produce and giving their best to make this a welcoming and friendly event.

Now, as you know, we are living in times, where in-person events are not taking place as it would come with the high risk of spreading Covid-19. Many people together in a – kind of – small space for two or more days. Not the ideal setting at the moment (and also the reason why I don’t run any beyond tellerrand at the moment either).

Photo showing Vitaly Friedman sitting in front of his computer, running SmashingConf as online event
Vitaly at my office, running his part of SmashingConf live

Since the lockdown I attended many online events (many!). On one hand to see which software solutions and platforms people use to run their events. On the other hand to see, if they are able to transport a good vibe, how I’d like them and what differences in all the various ways of running such an event are. I found out, that online events are just not my cup of tea. I recognised, that after a few weeks, I more and more was doing other things than focusing on the event, presentation or what was going on at the screen. Then I lost track of what the person was talking about and so on. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike online events, but I somehow could not get warm with most of them. There are a few formats I do like, like Mike’s and Erika’s Quarantine Book Club or Vito’s Admission online series, just to mention a few. Somehow they managed to catch me n the one or two hours I am at the event. But a multi-day event?

Well, yesterday the SmashingConf team opened doors for the first day of SmashingConf Live, their first two-day online conference. I was surprised, that it worked to create an atmosphere, that I was able to feel at home. I read many people’s comment about the “nice atmosphere” and the “smashing vibe” that people cold feel as if they were attending an in-person SmashingConf. And this is great and makes me happy. Maybe one part is, that Vitaly uses my hardware over here to run his part of the conference and so I have someone with me, having an in-person experience somehow, but I think also, because the whole teams communication – in the sessions as well as off stage – helped creating this experience.

Today is day two of the event and I am excited to see if it works out as well as yesterday. But I am pretty sure it will. If you want to give it a try as well and want to join for day two: this way, please. See you there …

⇾ Subscription or no subscription? That is not the question. (Oliver Reichenstein, iA)

I am using iA Writer on all my devices since ages already. Actually, this text is also written in iA Writer. I love the app and even bought it for devices I am not using. I don’t know, how you sometimes think, but I often buy multiple licenses or licenses for devices I really don’t use regularly, just to support people I know or people where I think they are simply doing great stuff for a fair price. For me this post was a good read (attention, long post), as it gave some insight into how iA is thinking, concerning subscription or not and pricing models. I am always curious about stuff like this. But, why don’t you have a look yourself? ;) …

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⇾ ATEM Macro Snippets by Bryce Seifert

Another extension for VScode to create macros for your ATEM switch. Created by Bryce Seifert

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⇾ ATEM Macro Snippets by Ian Morrish

Handy snippets installed in VScode to create macros for your ATEM switch.

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⇾ Online Micro-Book: Why Do We Interface?

Ehsan Noursalehi has written this online micro-book after he gave a talk about the topic and due to the Covid-19 lockdown and having time to write it. He says:

In this micro-book I take a historical look at interfaces to build an understanding of how they allow us to utilize information in such powerful ways that they can fundamentally change what it means to be human.

Enjoy reading!

⇾ Visit: Online Micro-Book: Why Do We Interface?

⇾ Web History on CSS Tricks – Chapter 2: Browsers


Chapter 2 of the Web History series on CS Tricks. Topic: Browsers

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⇾ How I Structure My CSS (for Now) – Matthias Ott

In this post, I will share my current take on CSS structure. It does not religiously follow any particular methodology, although people familiar with Harry Roberts’ ITCSS (“Inverted Triangle CSS”) will definitely recognize parts of his methodology.

Matthias Ott describes his way of – for now – structuring his CSS. Maybe some inspiration for the one or other.

⇾ Visit: How I Structure My CSS (for Now) – Matthias Ott

⇾ Form Design – Best Practice, Research Insights and Examples (Geri Reid)

From all this learning I've formed my own forms best-practice guidelines. I thought it would be useful start recording it. Here's my work in progress. I do UI/UX so I'm coming at this from a designer's perspective.

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⇾ Form Design Best Practices (Andrew Coyle)

Form design best practices – learn how to improve the design of digital forms.

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Latest Firefox with Enhanced Tracking Protecion

Isn’t ist spooky sometimes, that you search for a certain asset and in the next moment the next shopping site you visit suggests you to buy something like this? Well, nowadays is it less spooky, but annoying.

I like, that Mozilla makes this a default in their latest Firefox release to block tracking by default. Reason for this enhancement is, that, since the introduction of ETP, the ad industry found different ways to track users. Passing you through the tracker’s site before landing on your targeted website enables them to see where you came from and where you are going.

And this is what Firefox does now:

With ETP 2.0, Firefox users will now be protected against these methods as it checks to see if cookies and site data from those trackers need to be deleted every day. ETP 2.0 stops known trackers from having access to your information, even those with which you may have inadvertently visited. ETP 2.0 clears cookies and site data from tracking sites every 24 hours.

Read the whole post about the latest enhancements on Mozillas blog