On Staying Current
My recipe for staying up-to-date with web development news and trends
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.
Other notable podcasts:
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.
No RSS love?
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
Can you add to my list?
Please let me know what you think of this list, is yours similar?