At TMW, I always ask interviewees how they keep up-to-date with the latest in front-end web goings-on. The answers I receive are varied but there's always a few recurring themes: Twitter and blogs - but which ones. I thought it would be a good idea to document my own 'stategy' for staying current, here it is.
A weekly show about front end web design, development and UX presented by Chris Coyier and Dave Rupert. I listen to this show sporadically but when I do I'm always impressed with the range of topics and in-depth understanding from all involved.
The Breakpoint ➤ with Paul Irish and Addy Osmani
From Google Developers Live comes a not-very-often podcast from some great developers, Paul Irish and Addy Osmani. This podcast usually delves into the Chrome devtools to help developers make their sites for performant.
Twitter accounts ➤
- @brad_frost - Brad Frost: Responsive web design guru
- @addyosmani - Addy Osmani: Chrome dev relations
- @paul_irish - Paul Irish: Chrome dev relations
- @codepo8 - Christian Heilmann: Mozilla Developer Evangelist
- @desandro - David Desandro: Designer at Twitter, creator of jQuey Masonry and Isotope
- @newsycombinator - Hacker News bot
- @mozhacks - Official Mozilla account for web developers
- @leaverou - Lea Verou: Developer Relations at the W3C
- @simurai - Simon ... (no idea what his last name is): CSS experimenter
- @lukew - Luke Wroblewski: Mobile guru
- @adactio - Jeremy Keith
- @csswizardry - Harry Roberts
I also maintain some Twitter lists:
News, Inspiration and Blogs ➤
Dribbble is a smashing community for giving and receiving feedback on work-in-progress designs but also for research; you can search for buttons and get a inspiration for hundreds of different style.
A List Apart ➤
The blog for people who make websites. It has been around for years and never fails to produce top notch content.
CSS Tricks ➤
Chris Coyier's popular blog about web development, not just CSS. He regularly writes in-depth about the minutae that you or I might overlook, the recent post on SVG is no exception.
Smashing Magazine ➤
Extremely popular web design and development blog. There's a constant stream of high quality content
HTML5 Rocks ➤
Brilliant blog featuring in-depth articles into various cutting edge web technologies. Some of my favourite posts are the case studies, where the author inspects the code on a new website showing us how its done
Hacker News ➤
General tech, startup and web development news
Designer News ➤
The flipside to Hacker News. - for designers..
Great little blog for news and developments, its always up-to-date (on average about 1 post per day) and often has links that no one else seems to find.
CSS Wizardry ➤
This is Harry Roberts' blog about CSS, responsive web design and other web topics.
They always post cool, cutting-edge stuff.
Web Design Weekly ➤
'Just pure awesome link to the best new and articles..' - I agree. Subscribe now.
Links for light reading ➤
Curated by Russ Weakley, this newsletter is a very reliable source of links to a wide range of web development and accessibility subjects. Have a look at the most recent (at time of writing) issue:www.maxdesign.com.au/2013/03/05/some-links-403/
HTML5 Weekly ➤
Github Archive ➤
Ever wondered what the most popular Github repos are? No, nor had I until I found this site.. Every day I get sent a list of all the top new and top watched repositories for the past 24 hours. The repositiories listed are not always front-end related but often are and I find this very useful because there's always something that I haven't seen before. Have a look at the most recent (at time of writing) issue: us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=439aa16a39e4b10e0b65ff2ef&id=133998bbdb
Responsive Design Weekly ➤
Responsive web design news and interviews.
Sidebar ➤ - The best design links, every day.
Started by Sacha Grief, Sidebar is a list of the 5 best design links of the day. But unlike a regular linkblog, it's collaborative and manually curated by a couple great editors. I like it because of the breadth of content and styles.
CSS Weekly ➤
A new addition to my ever-increasing list of newsletters, CSS Weekly, curated by Zoran Jambor, always produces interesting CSS content. Have a look at the most recent (at time of writing) issue: css-weekly.com/issue-49/
W3C Public Digest ➤
Weekly digest of W3C news and trends
Jacob Nielson's Alertbox ➤
Jakob Nielsen's articles about interface usability and website design. He is a highly regarded source for UX and his Alertboxes always delve into the heart of the matter.
You might have noticed that I did not mention any RSS feeds here. The reason is because although I have a ridiculously organised Google Reader account, I just don't check it often enough. If you are hankering after a bunch of RSS feeds to add to your reader, you're in luck. Paul Irish has created 3 lists for you to import into your favourite reader, check them out here
Please let me know what you think of this list, is yours similar?