I’ve been late to get onboard the SASS (or LESS) train, due to the majority of my projects (e.g. Tumblr themes) consist of editing stylesheets remotely. When I updated one of my existing sites at the start of this year, I worked on it locally and used the opportunity to start using SASS.
Last week I started developing a new Tumblr theme. Usually my workflow would consist of connecting through FTP in my text editor and editing the CSS from there. Save it, refresh the site and I’d see the changes.
But now I wanted to bring SASS into my Tumblr theme workflow. I’ve been using SASS with Codekit, which automatically compiles all your SASS whenever you save (it’s the best); you just have to set the location of the exported CSS file. My first thought was to figure out a way to automatically upload the compiled stylesheet via FTP everytime it was changed, as manually uploading would get tiresome very quickly.
The solution I found was a feature in Transmit where I can mount an FTP folder as a drive. Then all I had to do was tell Codekit to export the compiled CSS into that drive.
Now everytime I save one of my SASS stylesheets, it’s automatically compiled and uploaded in a matter of seconds.
Holiday period is over, wine was had in France and beer was had in Belgium. Now I’m refreshed and ready to dive in to 2013. I decided to take some time to spring clean my iPad as it’s going to be main tool I’ll use for learning and reading this year.
First off, I decided to sell my iPad 2 for an iPad mini. As someone who travels a lot and uses an 11inch Macbook Air for “creating”, the regular iPad size was quite pointless as the Macbook Air was pretty much the same size and weight. The iPad mini’s size bridges that gap between my phone and 11” Air that I needed. Oh, and it’s just so darn cute.
I’m just going to outline a few new items I’m going to aim to use a lot more this year. Some of these items may be new to you, some may be familiar, but at least I hope you’ll get something out of this.
This is still the be and end all of all iPad reading apps. Key feeds I have set up on Flipboard:
This is such a hidden gem of Flipboard. I go crazy on favouriting tweets, especially when I’m on my phone, it’s probably my most used method for saving items after saving to Pocket / Instapaper. Since my Twitter favourites are a combination of articles, images, videos and even just tweets, Flipboard’s magazine style layout is the best way to go through them.
I mainly source most of my reading from Twitter, Tumblr and newsletters (see here), but a lot of content still falls under RSS. I finally got around to tidying up my Google Reader list, many thanks to Chris Coyier’s slides on How To Stay Up To Date With Web Stuff.
Here’s who I’ve got (open to suggestions for more!):
- 24 Ways
- A List Apart
- Adventures in JS Dev
- Christian Heilmann
- Cognition by Happy Cog
- CSS Tricks
- Daring Fireball
- Divya Manian
- HTML5 Doctor
- Paul Irish
- Stubborn Ella
- The CSS Ninja
- Web Platform
Ok so not really counting as reading, but I after viewing Instagram on your phone all day, it is nice to sit on the couch and view high resolution photos.
I’m giving this a go, instead of using Instapaper (it was easy to import from Instapaper). To be honest, I’m just happy with a change of scenery and haven’t really noticed a considerable difference between the two. One of my favourite features of Pocket is the browser extension in Chrome. With Instapaper I was just using the bookmarklet, but was hard to get to as I prefer to hide the bookmarks bar in Chrome (11” Air, you need the vertical space!). Maybe Instapaper has better typography, but I am enjoying Pocket’s magazine style feed.
I’ve been using Chrome for iPad for almost a week now and don’t think I’ll look back. Mainly because it can sync tabs with Chrome from my desktop (laptop).
The Gmail app can be a bit to initially load emails at times, but is very slick once you get into your emails.
Still clearly the best Twitter app. Mute filters, photo previews, conversation threads and so on.
A few apps I have tucked away into folders, but are definitely going to be taking a battering from my finger this year:
As mentioned above, will mainly use my feed in Flipboard for Google Reader articles. However I have a lot of non-web design related blogs on Google Reader which is good to go to for a change.
Spotify premium is definitely one of the best subscriptions I’ve purchased of late. Perfect for someone who travels a lot. Just needs The Beatles discography.
Pretty sure even Reddit HQ use Alien Blue instead of their own Reddit for Ipad app. It’s just loaded with so many features. It doesn’t get a position on my homescreen though as it’s one of the black holes of the internet.
Currently about a week into using this synced across all devices. It’s free and the app works as intended for a simple to-do list. The main thing is if I can keep it up (rarely do).
The best boardgame adaption on the iPad. IMO the best UI and design of a game on the iPad (I don’t play that many games though).
Only a few months ago I saw snow for the first time I can remember (on top of a mountain in Switzerland). The last few days in London has been the first time I’ve actually witnessed snowfall for the first time. I spent the whole day just walking around absorbing it. I was like a kid, everything was new to me.
Today is Blue Monday, where it’s apparently supposed to be the most depressing day of the year. Luckily, this wasn’t the case for me. Today has been one of the best days I’ve had in London, walking around still marvelling at how snow makes everyday objects become interesting.
I would have thought during these dark, cold winter months that my productivity levels may decrease. This has turned out to be the opposite. While outside activities are hitting hibernation, here’s my guide to spending a London winter morning, especially during snowfall:
- Go to your favourite coffee shop
- Try get a spot where you can see outside
- Put on some jazz
- Read, do some work, or simply just stare outside at everyone rushing around you
It’s pure bliss I tell you.
Addy Osmani compiled a list on Smashing Magazine with a tonne of talks about Front End Development. I’ve made it a small goal of mine to get through most of these. I started today by having a look at “How To Stay Up To Date On Web Stuff” by Chris Coyier.
Chris goes into detail not only on how / where to stay up to date, but also the process of choosing what technology to learn and use in new projects. The best thing I got out of the presentation were these five Front End Development weekly newsletters that I am now subscribed to:
Web Design Weekly:
Front End Developers who delve into design should also check out Sidebar, sending out the best five design links everyday. Although I do find getting an email everyday is a bit exhausting, I would rather a weekly digest of their best links instead.