links for 2011-07-12

  • We do our best work to create better experiences for real people. We’re passionate about design, alert to context, and focused on results. Yes, you should hire us.
  • Forget everything you know about Star Wars games. The ones that used control pads, mice or keyboards. Because Fleet Commander, a student project, might just blow them all out the airlock.

    It's been developed by Arthur Nishimoto, a student at the Electronic Visualization Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Initially designed in 2009 as a simple space strategy game, it soon evolved into a multiplayer project for the TacTile touch-screen display. Which, thanks to the fact it's not a commercial product, could use Star Wars ships and sound effects.

    You can see a 2010 version of the game running here. While it looks good, it's the enormous version running in the video up top that will really get you excited, as it's like seeing a childhood dream of the perfect video game come to life.

    The point here is supposed to be how a touch-screen input can be faster, more intuitive and more enjoyable than something as "abstract" as a mouse and/or keyboard.

  • Q: What’s this about?
    A: These are illustrations of conversations. I use encounters, confrontations, and staircase wit from my own life combined with photographs of my surroundings to illustrate dialogues. The comic updates Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, with bonus features “Spam and Eggs” on Saturday and “Tales of the BossLady” on Sunday.
  • The revolution is underway.

    This time two years ago, finding fonts that were allowed to be used online was difficult to say the least, but the mere utterance of the word "open source" was nearly a felony to type designers everywhere. Today we have individuals standing up, creative typographers conquering new ground, foundries dedicated to the movement, and not only acceptance, but widespread usage from big-name companies to amateurs just messing around.

    I'm here to give you a tour of not only the best open source fonts available, but how you can get started contributing, and what my vision is for where it's going.

  • “I wonder how that site works?”
    Use UnderTheSite to find the answer! We detect and catalog the technologies used by your favorite websites. Use UnderTheSite to learn more about how the web works, to see which technologies are popular, or to spread word about tools that you care about. Are we missing a technology that you use, develop, or care about? You can easily add it!
  • CSS tools are essential for web developers because they act like a sort of magic lamp that can simplify the job at hand. Most development tools are time savers that are there to help developers create stylish, functional and optimized websites with a few shortcuts.

    CSS tools and generators are available in such large numbers that a developer can choose from a range of them to make their projects go smoother. Here is the collection of around 50 useful and handy CSS tools and generators that every developer should know about. Enjoy!

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