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Today we present a compendium of inspiring web design writers in every area of design and development. It is a complete research about the lives of many recognized and rising authors and publishers. Even though they have different motives and independent goals, they all have in common their passion for design and a genuine interest for improving our experiences with desktop computers, mobile devices, and even our understanding of life itself. Here we have experts in areas as wide as UX, graphics design and all its branches (web, illustration, interface, printing, etc.), responsiveness, mobile, content strategy, blogging, analytics, advertising and even philosophy. All of them will help you in every possible aspect of your career as a designer and developer, so be sure to check them all and follow the ones that can impact and boost your craft to a new level. Additionally, we have a great freebie for you: it is an eBook, compatible with the main readers on the most popular mobile platforms available. It comes in .epub and .pdf formats, so you can get to read about these authors any time of the day. So go ahead and download it. Enjoy!

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As a complementary part of our list of savvy web design authors and bloggers, we have a great gift for our readers. It is an eBook including these 99 writers, a compendium of inspiring experts in various areas of web and graphic design, as well as web development. They ended up doing what they love by walking many roads, but there's one thing all of them have in common, and it is their passion for transmitting the knowledge they've acquired throughout these years. The areas they cover are as broad as the effort they've put of acquiring their experience. These areas include: UX Design HTML and CSS JavaScript and jQuery Image and Photography Edition Mobile Design (Web and Apps) Social Media Design and Development Responsive Web Design Flat Design Typography Illustration Data Management Icon Design Front-end Web Development Bellow you'll find a zip file with the two versions of the eBook; Epub and PDF. The Epub version is perfect to be read in the most popular mobile and desktop eReaders. This version is divided into 100 parts (one for the preface and the rest for each author), making every writer accessible from the menu of your eReader. You can also add notes and markers to keep a track of your reading process. On the other hand, the PDF version of the eBook is not that versatile as the Epub one, but it is guaranteed to work in every device that has a PDF reader. So go ahead and download this freebie, a gift from ByPeople for you that will help you learn about the lives of these authors and inspire you to be a better designer / developer.

Hakim, contrary from what the name may imply, hails from Sweden and brings us his amazing development and code skills through his website, in which...

Hakim, contrary from what the name may imply, hails from Sweden and brings us his amazing development and code skills through his website, in which he periodically publishes his thoughts on code and interactivity. He has also gained some renown as one of the few pioneers who pushes the limits of web development in regards to interactivity, as he often says that he’s “motivated by a need to create distracting interactive contraptions” for which he has won several awards. When he’s not working on further developments of the Qwiki social sharing platform (which is his current stable job) or playing around with one of his personal projects, you can find him writing articles for .Net Magazine, which are high quality tutorials on HTML5 basics, his preferred platform. In an interview, he emphasizes: “There are still projects that are more suitably executed in Flash but my rule of thumb is if it can be done in HTML then it should be done in HTML. Flash is my fallback.” One of the aforementioned articles gives you four essential HTML5 Canvas tips, which are always useful, while another one is a detailed tutorial on how to make a “page flip” effect using HTML5. Hakim has made several interactive web apps in his free time to explore his passion for interesting and fun interactions and his virtuous-level proficiency at HTML 5. You can check out his most famous projects Sketch Toy and Sinuous, and have a good time.

Elliot Jay Stocks is a web designer, illustrator, speaker and author (a disturbingly common combination of talents) based on Bristol, England. Co-f...

Elliot Jay Stocks is a web designer, illustrator, speaker and author (a disturbingly common combination of talents) based on Bristol, England. Co-founder of Viewport Industries, a design company which makes various products aimed at designers and offers workshops and varied educational events, and founder of the Bi-Annual typography magazine 8 faces, Elliot is a busy man but, among all his activities as the head (and half a head) of two enterprises he still found time to publish a book, write some articles and maintain a blog, as well. Among his best articles and collaborations one can find treasures like this simple tutorial on extending photos for 24 Ways or this article on making Photoshop grids for responsive web design and, of course, nothing is over without an overview of the advantages of responsive web design. Among all this Elliot also managed to land himself some fairly important gigs, like redesigning the look of Smashing Magazine and being interviewed for it by .Net Magazine.

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Maximiliano Firtman, or Max as he likes english-speakers to call him, is an Argentinian web and mobile developer with over 18 years o...

Maximiliano Firtman, or Max as he likes english-speakers to call him, is an Argentinian web and mobile developer with over 18 years of experience in the field. Author of nine books and public speaker on the subject of web and mobile development, he also maintains a blog through which he publishes articles regarding those fields. He wrote Programming the Mobile Web and jQuery Mobile: Up and Running from O'Reilly Media. He teaches mobile and web technologies. He has been doing trainings at big companies, including Apple, Yahoo!, Cisco, LinkedIn, Intel and Google. He is a prolific writer, clear and to the point, there are many great articles to be found on his blog and, providing a veritable fountain of knowledge from which to learn. Some of the highlights include a review of the differences between Safari and other so called “semi-browsers”, options sold through the app store such as Yahoo Axis and what to expect from them as a developer. There’s also a lot of  articles on how to develop with and for cutting edge technology, like an analysis of Responsive Web Design today in terms of performance. Even though he is, originally, a spanish speaker, his books have been published in many languages and he gives talks, workshops and speeches in English as well so be sure to check his extensive knowledge on the mobile world.

Greg Franko is a JavaScript engineer at Yahoo Sports. Greg is also a writer and public speaker who loves writing/talking about all kinds ...

Greg Franko is a JavaScript engineer at Yahoo Sports. Greg is also a writer and public speaker who loves writing/talking about all kinds of new/emergent technologies, which he discusses on his blog. Don’t be surprised to see him release cool open source projects, such as GifShot.js or AMDclean, or do writing of a highly technical nature, mainly about Javascript, jQuery, Backbone.js, Require.js and the like, but he’s really knowledgable and if you are able to make use of his expertise then you’ll find his site a veritable tree of wisdom. One of his articles is a deep explanation on how to register the JQuery UI Widget Factory as an AMD module, there’s also an extremely useful entry on how to properly document an open source project, which isn’t as technical as the previous one, but still insightful and detailed. He’s also active on Twitter StackOverflow and Github, if you want some direct and professional advice.

As an author she has written “The CSS Detective”, a great book about tracking down errors, bugs and glitches in your CSS code and solving them, and...

As an author she has written “The CSS Detective”, a great book about tracking down errors, bugs and glitches in your CSS code and solving them, and co-written “InterAct with Web Standards: A holistic approach to Web Design” which as part of The Web Standards project, aims to become an integral part of web design and development educational textbooks around the world. As a speaker she is known for her inspiring talks on harnessing and boosting creativity. As an industry veteran with over 13 years of experience, Denise Jacobs is the go-to woman for seasoned and tested advice on web development. Since she is a creativity evangelist, she is constantly in search of new ways to harness and control creative process; it’s one of her favorite writing subjects as a cursory glance at her articles for A List Apart and .Net Magazine may reveal. Her expertise on CSS techniques is also a constant subject for her articles. Her portfolio shows remarkable examples of graphic and web design and is well worth a watch as a showcase of good design practices.

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David Walsh is just an average guy on the street by day, but on the web he’s known as David Walsh, web developer extraordinaire, developer of Mooto...

David Walsh is just an average guy on the street by day, but on the web he’s known as David Walsh, web developer extraordinaire, developer of Mootools, a compact and powerful JavaScript framework for web developers and that’s just the surface, for starters. He’s also founder of Wynq Web Labs, a website optimization studio he helms and Script And Style, a twitter account he maintains that aims “to make web designers and developers better by promoting important web design/dev articles”. You’ll find more about him in his own website, through which he publishes helpful web design articles and maintains a community of like-minded web developers which share knowledge and tips through his forums. Among the many articles he has written you’ll find some very useful tips and tricks for web development, such as this one or that one. Be sure to read the quick tips as well which will deliver instant and helpful advice on a variety of subjects. If you are up for it, you could also hit him up on Xbox Live and play Call of Duty.

David Storey is his name and not much more is known about him on the web besides the fact that he’s working in an unspecified position at Motorola,...

David Storey is his name and not much more is known about him on the web besides the fact that he’s working in an unspecified position at Motorola, is helping Microsoft with the userAgents community and has worked with Opera, CERN labs and CSS.info in the past. He’s a web developer with a passion for the open web who maintains a high quality blog through which he publishes some very interesting articles regarding CSS and the web industry. He is a very knowledgeable and market savvy guy who takes the no-nonsense approach to his blog posts and seems to care deeply about freedom on the web as user as well as developer. Some of his blog’s highlights include a post on fine grain control of hyphenation with CSS or his lengthy speculation on the possibilities IE 11 may hold, based on leaked information by Microsoft.

Brad Frost is a pretty cool guy. He’s a web designer, writer, speaker, artist and general renaissance man, who as he personally claims, “Not once i...

Brad Frost is a pretty cool guy. He’s a web designer, writer, speaker, artist and general renaissance man, who as he personally claims, “Not once in his entire life has he ever been bored”. Pretty bold claim from someone who has been called “one of today’s best design minds”, but, as you’ll be able to check in his own website, he pretty much does everything so it stands to reason he would never get bored. He’s the creator of “This is Responsive”, which is a website through which he shares every interesting and useful piece of information he stumbles upon on the web and is a pretty good example of a responsive website itself. He also gives pretty good conferences and talks, like this one, which has been archived on the web, for your own viewing pleasure. He is considered one of today’ main responsive web design “gurus”, which as useless as that term may be, actually applies to him as he is always ready to share his knowledge to anyone that may ask (and even if no one asked) and, believe us, it’s pretty good knowledge, so be sure to check out his website and blog for insightful and informed advice about the web and design.

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Dave Rupert, co-founder and lead developer at Paravel Studios, co-host of Shop Talk, an influential front-end web design podcast, and The ATX Websh...

Dave Rupert, co-founder and lead developer at Paravel Studios, co-host of Shop Talk, an influential front-end web design podcast, and The ATX Webshow is the man you should read about if you have need for web design and development advice. Along with Mr. Frost below, he’s also one of the leading responsive design experts on the web and has written several articles on the subject, which go pretty deep on the new problems responsive design generates, or the ones about transitioning into a fluid and adaptive web design. Among his best works at Paravel you can find their redesign for the main Microsoft website which is also a great example of responsive web design and the Lost World’s Fairs website, which was a promotional project made to celebrate the launch of Internet Explorer 9 (don’t laugh, there are people who like to celebrate such an event). His own website, which doubles as a blog of sorts, can be found here. You’ll find all sorts of useful technical and trade articles regarding all manners of front-end web design.

James White, man. Where to begin? He’s the godfather, the Photoshop wizard, he’s the man that puts the R, the G, and the B in your screen. He light...

James White, man. Where to begin? He’s the godfather, the Photoshop wizard, he’s the man that puts the R, the G, and the B in your screen. He lights the rainbows. He’s also a very prolific and influential graphic designer and visual artist, by the way. He became part of the media industry in 1998 and has been delighting the eyes of our collective consciousness ever since as a full time graphic designer and as the one man design studio Signalnoise. In short, he’s a pretty cool guy, actually. Whenever he’s not designing 80s media inspired masterpieces with an interesting combination of flash, illustrator and Photoshop or giving us a visual feast in the form of Technicolor geometrical masterpieces, he is found playing video games, watching movies and, occasionally, giving back to the media industry by creating incredibly useful tutorials on various Photoshop techniques, such as layer effects, his very own rainbow shards or amazing transparency effects. Even though his style is extremely fluid and dynamic he is, in fact, an extremely methodical and precise designer who has integrated several flash apps of his own creation into his geometrical style. Currently he is experimenting with more free flowing and painterly design styles.

Harned works at Happy Cog as a Senior Project Manager, he has a wide experience spanning more than 10 years in communications, and different roles ...

Harned works at Happy Cog as a Senior Project Manager, he has a wide experience spanning more than 10 years in communications, and different roles involved in creative team management. Brett usually writes in his blog, Adventures in Project Management by Brett Harned, whose name is really accurate to describe what these posts are about. He comprises several topics, where budgets, clients, meetings, learning, project management are included alongside some others. His posts are as original as the name of the blog itself; the first that we’ll shortly review compares projects management with a popular arcade video game; Project Management Tetris shows how handling project management without the correct planning would make everything as hard as the hardest level on Tetris when all shapes just stack up. As an experienced project manager, Harned is aware that he, as well as all other managers, are humans and they’re not supposed to know everything and be able to do everything; after all, they are not Superman. He addresses some advice at his peers and beginners to avoid getting drowned in the management world.

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Born and raised in Milan, Italy, Andrea is a professional in Information Sciences at The University of Milan; after earning his degree he started b...

Born and raised in Milan, Italy, Andrea is a professional in Information Sciences at The University of Milan; after earning his degree he started building his deep background in several companies, where he worked as Developer, Senior Manager, Technology strategist before his arrival to Nokia, where he has worked as Community Manager and Web Evangelist. It may become obvious that Trasatti has accumulated a lot of experience during his career, and for that reason he decided to create his own blog where he shares this experience as well as his point of view. With the burst of responsive web design, performance has become a concern for those who are already aware that content is the most important thing on the web and that responsiveness should respect that. That is why Trasatti shared and reviewed the Navigation Timing API in his article Measuring site performance with JavaScript on mobile, a worthy read for an insight in performance in responsive websites. HTML5 forms (and IE10 (Mobile) was published in his blog as well as in the Nokia Code Blog and shows how IE10, available for Windows 8 and Windows Mobile, has improved its architecture to support certain features related to forms, implementing most of the W3C spec about HTML5 forms.

Jason Grigsby is co-founder and team member at Cloud Four, a group concerned with design, development and strategy for mobile projects. He asserts ...

Jason Grigsby is co-founder and team member at Cloud Four, a group concerned with design, development and strategy for mobile projects. He asserts he is an enthusiastic manager who aims to help developing long-term strategies to achieve specific visions that both customers and employers may have. With his team, Jason has written “Head First Mobile Web”, a great guide for web developers approaching the mobile web. In the same way, Jason frequently posts articles related to mobile web development in Cloud Four’s blog, becoming a great reference for such field. Responsive Design for Apps is a post written by Jason where he analyzes responsiveness based on the features and physical specs of existing devices; he explores how these features differentiate sets of devices such as smartphones, tablets and desktop devices and how responsiveness requirements tend to mutate with each of these sets. In addition, New to Mobile? Welcome to the One Web Debate presents interesting views supported by concepts from the W3C about the One Web. The article criticizes the alleged acceptance of the creation of several HTML files to deliver contents in different languages, but at the same time the rejection when doing so to provide content to different devices and resolutions.

One of the youngest stars of web development is Harry Roberts. Born in 1990, this Britton writes and speaks about CSS and its architecture, mainten...

One of the youngest stars of web development is Harry Roberts. Born in 1990, this Britton writes and speaks about CSS and its architecture, maintenance and scalability. He currently works for British Sky Broadcasting as a Senior UI Developer. Roberts is an active member of Smashing Magazine’s Experts Panel and a .Net Awards finalist. He created Inuit.css, a powerful open source framework based in SASS, and currently writes a lot of great articles at his website csswizardry. Roberts main interest is the provision of accessible and well-designed websites, especially in the front end. He criticizes some practices that break standards and good form in favor of looks and performance, offering alternatives that maintain a balance of the latter while keeping standards-compliant code. In his blog entry Your logo is an image, not a <h1> he shows his concern over the practice of using headers as containers for logos, impairing accessibility for screen readers, and proposes correct tagging with <img> for images or <em> for text logos. He also encourages a do-it-yourself approach in web design, acknowledging that the tips he publishes will not always apply to all circumstances. In his post You know your context - on critical thinking and thinking for yourself he is emphatic on how self-determination allows for an evaluation of limitations and advantages towards a proper application on what the designer learns. Harry is willing to participate in speeches, particularly in the CSS field, his expertise.

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One of the rising web stars of our today, Christian is an International Developer Evangelist, he works for Mozilla and is based in London, England....

One of the rising web stars of our today, Christian is an International Developer Evangelist, he works for Mozilla and is based in London, England. Some of his strengths are Accessibility, JS, CSS and Web Interfaces. Formerly, Christian worked for Yahoo UK and Europe as Senior Developer Evangelist, Web Developer, Standards support developer and even Speaker. Heilmann has made some contributions to several of the most recognized publications for web fans, such as Smashing Magazine and 24 Ways. Heilmann stands up for the use of Flash, despite the popular debacle in favor of HTML5 on Flash is not the enemy – Our lack of focus on what is important is. He downplays the criticism about the use of Flash, and stresses how wrong is the common practice of simply devoting to a tool or technology and all their features to end up doing something that needs a couple of tweaks from user-side to work nicely. Instead, he focuses how users will see it, what will be easier and faster for them (after all, that’s what they’re looking for) even if that means refraining from using the latest tools. In Five things you can do to make HTML5 perform better, Heilmann gives clues to improve HTML5 code along with its performance. This is made by using CSS transformations, animations and transitions, quick reaction on events and reusing contents as frequently as possible.

Matteo Spinelli was born in Florence, Italy and graduated in Advertising Design and Photography at the Art Institute of Florence; he grew...

Matteo Spinelli was born in Florence, Italy and graduated in Advertising Design and Photography at the Art Institute of Florence; he grew up surrounded by an artistic environment since his father is a painter. As time passed he started getting impressed by the advancements of technology while getting used to personal computers, and as a result he decided to study C, C++ and Assembly, looking to become a game developer. Nowadays, his career spans over 10 years of PHP application development and 6 of Javascript; not only does he take care of the code he writes but he also gives nice finishes to the projects he produces thanks to his Photoshop skills. Spinelli is an avid developer for web apps suitable for mobile devices, trying to push the limits of what can be accomplished in HTML5/CSS3. He is well know in the development community for the iScroll. probably the first full featured javascript scrolling library, initiated in 2008 and still under continous development.He strives to be in the forefront of the latest web technologies, willing to find new and fun applications to them, concerning to keep performance in the aforementioned mobile devices. An example of this is Hexagame, a game planned as a native application for the iPad but instead developed in HTML5 for a cross-platform experience. Matteo is fond as well of the capabilities JavaScript has provided to enhance the user experience and guides readers on how to exploit the most of their devices, from changing the reflections on knobs depending on the device orientation to dynamic 3D text that adjusts to the pointer position.

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If you are used to blog using Dropbox or Github pages, you would probably be used to his name as well, if not, let’s introduce him by talking about one of his greatest contributions to the web: Markdown, the plain text markup syntax which can be converted to HTML. Gruber has got a Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences from Drexel University. His blog, Daring Fireball, comprises topics related to Apple (as John is a declared fan of the brand), its design, current devices and apps as well as the rise of new ones, and web development, too. After numerous speaking engagements in SXSW and other tech related events, John has made a great reputation in the technology and design industry. His full time job is Daring fireball, where you’ll find only cool stuff regarding web design and more. Although his blog has a wider scope than other developers and designers mentioned, Gruber’s contribution to improving the web experience cannot go unnoticed. Getting in deeper detail about Markdown you can see how typing is much simplified by allowing formatting to be made quickly and precisely, with the sole need of a text editor. Another minor yet interesting project from Gruber is Smartypants, a plugin for Movable Type, Blosxom and BBEdit that embellishes quoting, changing straight signs with curly ones. Though not as noticed as Markdown, it shows Gruber’s concern with detail and formality in the presentation, which is clearly applied on his own website.

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A self-declared lover of the web and all that is related to it; Dan works as a front-end developer at Envy Labs, a web development shop aiming to produce incredible products. Their team consists of creators, designers, educators, engineers and troubleshooters. He demonstrates his love for web development by adopting new standards to his own website; for example, he has changed the illustrations on his website to SVG, providing great quality content in a very responsive layout. His post I'm Down with SVG gives a comparison on the advantages of using vector images versus raster ones. In addition to being a front-end developer, Denney also teaches at Code School where people learn by shadowing and at the same time by applying themselves what they are supposed to learn. Denney is also taking care of other tasks for the web design and development process, like researching, laying out and creating mockups.

For more than 10 years, Craig Villamor has focused on enhancing user experiences, his background includes a position as Experience Researcher at eB...

For more than 10 years, Craig Villamor has focused on enhancing user experiences, his background includes a position as Experience Researcher at eBay, Director of UX at Monster.com and co-founder of HiringTools. His blog posts, published at cvil.ly, his website, comprise design and user experience topics as he has collected a lot of valuable information at his work. Due to his knowledge in the user experience field, his blog posts have a critical edge towards the different interfaces he uses in daily life. An example of this is his attempt to change his mailing address at Allstate.com, and in contrast, he also shows how a product can be demonstrated without being too technical, posting the Nest thermostat commercial as a reference. Villamor is currently more active at Twitter, where he shares posts from other designers’ blogs and commenting as well on his day-to-day experiences with applications and devices he has tried, including Twitter itself.

Jason Gross knows about design and he likes to share that knowledge. Professional web designer by day for Healthx and writer and freelancer by nigh...

Jason Gross knows about design and he likes to share that knowledge. Professional web designer by day for Healthx and writer and freelancer by night, Gross maintains a blog through which he gives back to the design community by writing insightful posts on the designer end of things. He tends to talk about the fundamental principles of web design, like the role it plays in the delivery of content, or how to break the basic rules for a better user experience and, as you can see, he has collaborated numerous times with various websites. One of his blog’s best offerings is his series of articles on recycling design material to facilitate and automate some aspects of responsive web design. Part 1 brings us some extremely helpful tips and tricks to recycle resources for adaptive web design so you are able to use them in future projects, he also provides guidance as to which resources are recyclable. Part 2 talks about using typography effectively in responsive design environments. More are to come. All in all, his blog offers some pretty insightful reads on design principles and all the thought that goes down, behind the scenes, whenever you carry out a designing endeavor.

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Scott Jenson is, as he calls himself, a battle scarred veteran of the interface design and UX industry. With just over 20 years of experience behind him, he’s a veritable patrician, a village elder of the field and it shows in his talks, in his writing and in his craft. Currently, he’s head of UX at startup Parlay labs and he has worked at Google, Apple and more. He’s an advocate of smart devices and ubiquitous computing as he thinks that, with the possibilities of each and every single device becoming connected, in time, to the internet, we’re going to change our paradigm from app based smart device interaction to a set of established protocols and standards that every single smart device will use to facilitate a sort of “plug and play” interaction. You can read more about his opinions on smart devices here and here, as well. He’s clearly a forward thinking person with lots of opinions on the future and bent on moving the UX industry forward. You can also check out his view on omnipresent internet and how it will radically affect our notion of the internet and online interaction.

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Phil Hawksworth is a London based web developer, Technical Director at R/GA studios, writer and public speaker on all things web related. His specialty is front-end web development so expect a lot of articles about JavaScript, HTML5, CSS and jQuery, among others. He writes simple, direct and useful advice on front-end web development as well as longer articles regarding the professional side of the industry, as well as his view on different technologies. He’s a pretty big advocate of “open web development”. Some of the highlights include an article on writing unobtrusive JavaScript for your website, which goes pretty in depth on how to enhance the user’s web experience by doing most complex interactions using the minimum JavaScript possible as there are people that, for some reason or other, lack the capacity to read JavaScript. He sometimes contributes an article or two to .Net magazine, such as this one, which is a review of several web implementations of JavaScript that push the language to its limits, the bleeding edge in JavaScript development. If you are into web development, be sure to check him out periodically to receive quality content on the matter.

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As much as he would like to be, Jonathan stark is no Tony Stark, though not for lack of trying. This web developer, writer, public speaker and coffee fairy is very interested in futurism and believes that wireless computing will end up changing society and, with people like him at the reins of the revolution, that may very well end up happening. Jonathan has written 3 books on mobile web design, most notably O’Reilly’s “Building iPhone Apps with HTML, CSS and JavaScript”, which is available in 7 languages. Between being the poor man’s Tony Stark, coding mobile apps, writing books, and co-hosting a Podcast, he manages to squeeze some time to contribute some articles for .Net magazine with really useful and up to date info on mobile development such as 10 Principles of Mobile Design and The developer's guide to mobile frameworks.

One could say Jason Santa Maria is the man of the moment if it weren’t for the fact that there are, actually, many “men of the moment” in the desig...

One could say Jason Santa Maria is the man of the moment if it weren’t for the fact that there are, actually, many “men of the moment” in the design scene right now. Either way, the former art director for the design webzine “A List Apart”,  current faculty member of the Interaction Design program at SVA, former vice president of AIGA/NY and founder of Typedia has enough qualifications as a designer that it becomes impossible not to include him among the leading voices in graphic design today. He writes for several online publications, and has collaborated on a few books like “Mastering type: the essential guide to typography for print and web design”. He has some recurring topics he loves writing about, such as the theory and fundamental principles of design and the history and use of type. Among his articles there are several that deserve attention such as the one about the modular layout he uses for his website, or the very interesting piece he wrote about selecting the right typeface for your next web development. You can check what he’s currently up to in his blog, in which he writes about whatever strikes him, usually design related, fancy.

British designer, well-known in the web community for his work with layouts, and the use of strong graphic design principles. Publishing practical ...

British designer, well-known in the web community for his work with layouts, and the use of strong graphic design principles. Publishing practical tips, Mark explores typography, color and more from a web design perspective. In the past, he created Mark Boulton Design, later acquired by Monotype, where he currently works as Design Director, the company is dedicated to the creation and consulting of typeface for branding agencies, software developers and more. Mark also runs a blog where he talks about web design for the most part and personal matters, as well.  Mark is the author of a book called “Designing for the web”, that uses graphic design’s principles as a platform to web design. Finally, he co-founded Five Simple Steps, a small UK-based independent publisher that releases practical design books, aimed at web professionals. As you can imagine, his book was released with them.

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As CEO and Co-Founder of Input Factory Inc., an Internet start-up focused on creating significant value from micro mobile interactions, Luke is a r...

As CEO and Co-Founder of Input Factory Inc., an Internet start-up focused on creating significant value from micro mobile interactions, Luke is a recognized digital product leader who has created companies like Bagcheck, acquired by Twitter nine months after being launched, and has worked as former Chief Design Architect (VP) at Yahoo! He has written books on web design and usability, including “Mobile First,” an informative written work on how to make the transition from desktop to mobile design, a book that has been considered a complementary reading to Ethan Marcotte’s famous book “Responsive Web Design.” Also, Luke has created more than 1880 articles about crucial details of online software and design. He focuses on usability, responsiveness, form creation, wearables’ software design, typography, and he’s presented at more than 320 events around the world.

Jordan Scales may not be a veteran, he may not even be that notorious, hell, he may not even be human either but he writes on web development and c...

Jordan Scales may not be a veteran, he may not even be that notorious, hell, he may not even be human either but he writes on web development and code and he’s actually pretty good at it. He’s got a blog through which he shares any particular insight or method he thinks is worth it. He’s written several articles regarding some tips for newbies and useful tutorials on various coding techniques. Of particular usefulness is his basic responsive design tutorial and his CSS3 filter guide.

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Her real name is almost unpronounceable by real people, unless you want to summon some unspeakable horror from beyond, so she goes by Lea Verou most of the time. Her talents lie within web development and design and her passion for open web standards landed her a job with W3C, which is the organization that creates and enforces industry web standards. Thanks to Greece’s educational system she is able to pursue a career as developer and open web standards advocate while at the same time study computer science at the Athens University. She also has developed an enormous number of tools and libraries for web development that she shares through her blog. In between studying, web development, and her job with W3C she also writes several articles for different web publications and her own blog. Particularly important are the Top 8 web standard myths debunked with which she explains and exposes several popular beliefs regarding web standards that hinder progress in the medium and Every time you call a proprietary feature css3 a kitten dies, which, despite the silly title, is actually a deadly serious article exposing some shady practices companies use to promote proprietary features as CSS3 and standards compliant, when they are not.

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Tommi Kaikkonen is a Finnish freelancer who specializes in UI, web design and development and is currently studying marketing at Aalto School of Bu...

Tommi Kaikkonen is a Finnish freelancer who specializes in UI, web design and development and is currently studying marketing at Aalto School of Business, up there in Helsinki. He has wide range of interests encompassing anything between startups, marketing, web development and art. In his free time he blogs about any topic that catches his attention, that frequently being web development and design, and also publishes articles in Whiteboard Startup. He’s made some great guides and tutorials on development and design. Among his best works you’ll find his interactive guide to Blog Typography which will teach you almost anything you’ll need to know to choose a typeface(s) for your blog and make it look good. His guide on Backbone.js rendering is also an outstanding text and will help you understand rendering with Javascript better. All in all, Kaikkonen is a pretty trustworthy designer and developer with plenty of helpful advice for newbies and experts alike, be sure to check him out.

As a designer and illustrator, Chimero thinks that great design comes from reflective practices and sharp thinking, and also believes in the simpli...

As a designer and illustrator, Chimero thinks that great design comes from reflective practices and sharp thinking, and also believes in the simplification of things and distribution of big problems in sets of small solutions working together. Recognized with the Art Directors Club Young Guns Award in 2010, Frank has taught typography and thesis courses at Missouri State University. He has also made freelance work for The New York Times, Wired, Bloomberg Business, Nike, Facebook, Microsoft, Time Warner, among others. Several essays written by him are displayed on his website, where we can highlight Particles, the text of a speech given at 2011 AIGA National Conference for the Emerging Designers program, where he exposes topics such as progression, gateways, learning and time; he uses an anecdote of a couple of guys talking about a given particle which could be faster than light and theoretically able to travel through time, making an analogy from such a story and learning processes. Another great article to note is his essay entitled What Advice Would You Give a Graphic Design Student? And as his title suggests, it is full of tips based on self-experiences, for all those who are studying Graphic Design in order to help them to find a north and embrace a fixed overall position regarding to their career instead of getting confused or challenged by the different concepts and points of view surrounding them.

Hooked up with interfaces creation and user experience since about fifteen years ago, Joshua Porter became an experienced interface designer and wr...

Hooked up with interfaces creation and user experience since about fifteen years ago, Joshua Porter became an experienced interface designer and writer. He has been working in his blog Bokardo since 2000, where he shares his broad experience about interfaces and product design. Josh has also co-founded 52 weeks of UX, an amazing blog about user experience, with about 10,000 readers. Porter has been writing a book as well; its title will be “Make them Care” which points out some practices to make a website show the best of a product or service, hence making customers convinced by its advantages, improving the profitability of a product. 52 weeks of UX deserves to be read from the very first post on week 1; The first rule of UX, written by Porter, points out that the importance of every single element and detail of any website or web app will affect the communication with the customer as everything will communicate something as long as it exists. At week 51, his last post Is UX the key to a long-lasting business? Explains how user experience is important in trading. He gives certain clues that may be translated into metrics that measure the success of a product or service, in this case websites and web applications, which together comprise user experience items to take into account.

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Ben is a Graphic Designer and Art Director at Voltage Creative, focusing his work in web, print and UI design, brand development and front-end web ...

Ben is a Graphic Designer and Art Director at Voltage Creative, focusing his work in web, print and UI design, brand development and front-end web dev. Callahan has a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art/Graphic Design from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Moreover, he is an active writer of topics related to web design and development, making collaborations with important publications such as The Sparkbox Foundry, .Net Magazine, The Bearded Blog and Smashing Magazine, and he collects these posts at his website, where he displays the places where he has spoken, as well. The Responsive Dip, released in Spark Box, criticizes the responsive design wave that, by the time it was written, was two years old. Based on high-profile criticism made to this wave, that is indeed still valid, Callahan draws our attention to some aspects of the responsiveness learning curve. Content Prototyping In Responsive Web Design was published at Smashing Magazine; it focuses on giving importance to content and its appropriate display and readability. It suggests analyzing all the content and layout to apply and use media queries moderately, just at the points where layouts fall apart.

Frain is an experienced front-end web developer, emphasized on “mobile-first” practices for responsive web design. He has worked for more than 12 y...

Frain is an experienced front-end web developer, emphasized on “mobile-first” practices for responsive web design. He has worked for more than 12 years in the web field by developing websites and more recently web applications. Ben Frain is also well known in the web design environment as he is the author of “Responsive Web Design with HTML5 and CSS3”, a comprehensive guide to get started in the world of Responsive Web Design and succeed in the completion of the website creation process. Ben has been working on the web for over a decade, and his wide experience goes from single page websites to custom applications, articles covering CSS and HTML and associated technologies and techniques for magazines like .net, Web designer, Computer Active, MacUser, etc. Find out more about him at benfrain.com We took a look to a couple of entries at his blog that attracted our attention; Understanding Middleman – the static site generator for faster prototyping approaches static generation, so trendy nowadays, and highlights the use of Middleman to go through such static generation process and save time with easier and quicker prototype creation. Moreover, he brings a set of tips for responsive design at Resolution independent triangles with CSS and SVG (for HiDPI), sharing a couple of tips in order to draw triangle-based shapes using CSS either with borders or CSS boxes with transformations applied.

P.J. is a product designer based in San Francisco, California, USA; he has degrees in both computer sciences and design, has worked as a developer,...

P.J. is a product designer based in San Francisco, California, USA; he has degrees in both computer sciences and design, has worked as a developer, designer and related chores for more than eight years. He feels really comfortable working on user experience design and strategies involving tech-design. His blog, Some Random Dude, has several articles related to design and technology; starting from his own experiences, Onori writes down his thoughts there as well as some works made by him. One of his posts points out the path that web icons are following nowadays; Where Icons Are Headed on the Web uses an example to predict how semantic and visual icons are going to be as they are already being included as glyphs in font grids, as well as replacing full words, which is really helpful for SEO and indexing purposes. Another point of view is expressed in Our Ideas Are Cheap Because We Treat Them Cheaply, where he points out the excess of content created for the short-term becoming sort of disposable as authors rarely go back and improve it. That rush is affecting the quality of content, hence he suggests that content quality processes applied to design and scripting should be applied to writing too; a basis to post-forking.

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Laura is a quality-focused designer, greatly skilled in typography and web fonts, color theory, layout and information architecture. She does HTML ...

Laura is a quality-focused designer, greatly skilled in typography and web fonts, color theory, layout and information architecture. She does HTML and web development as well since she thinks that having a strong knowledge of the latter helps design processes and abilities as it allows a realistic perception of possibilities and restrictions. She prefers doing small projects in order to keep their quality always under control. As we said, quality is her premise, and that’s something that has definitely stood out on her work. At her blog, she shares many experiences of her freelance job, making emphasis in quality and some interesting points of view, even against the mainstream. She sees that some popular practices may threaten quality and accessibility, as she asserts in Grid Frameworks and why I’m not keen on them…, which is an aftermath of her previous article for 12 devs of xmas, Day 7: Grid Frameworks. Laura also enjoys sharing what she learns, and a proof of this is a post she made for Ubelly, A Practical Guide to Designing with Data, a review of the guide of the same name written by Brian Suda. She expresses her points of view to the descriptions and reasons why charts are used to present facts relying on data and how the various types of charts and graphs should be used depending on the input data.

Raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA, but originary from Saigon, Vietnam, Khoi has a major in Communication Design with a focus on Illustration at...

Raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA, but originary from Saigon, Vietnam, Khoi has a major in Communication Design with a focus on Illustration at Otis College of Art and Design, Orange County, California, USA. He is also a Graphic Designer and has spent several years designing for the web and interactive media. Vinh became Design Director for the New York Times website where he led a process of user experience enhancements until his departure in 2010. Thereafter, he founded his own project, Lascaux Co. which developed Mixel for iPad, a social collage application. One of the most useful and wise articles that Khoi has written in his blog, Subtraction, is What I Learned When I Started a Design Studio: a priceless guide for those who will adventure digging into the freelance world as well as for those visionaries aiming to found their own studio. Other interesting insight is captured in Android Doubles Down on Design; Vinh criticizes Android design principles that despite being well set, are not well implemented and don’t make too much a difference from Android main competitors, namely, Windows Phone and iPhone.

Edwards is the director and lead designer at bjango, which has achieved the second place on the ranking for the App Store paid apps chart. He is a ...

Edwards is the director and lead designer at bjango, which has achieved the second place on the ranking for the App Store paid apps chart. He is a co-host at Iterate, a mobile app design podcast. He is also a great writer and has had some collaborations with Smashing Magazine and other great articles in bjango’s blog. At Smashing Magazine, we can find a nice guide by him, titled Setting Up Photoshop For Web, App and iPhone Development, where he explains comprehensively and easily the several factors to take into account when using Photoshop to lay out a web project, either in Windows or OS X, to get the best possible quality once the designed product or mock up is being rendered on the browser. Marc is clearly a Photoshop enthusiast, and we can see that reflected in Bjango’s blog, where he commonly mentions this image editor; he comprises a set of topics going from the way to achieve pixel perfection, to several articles reviewing Photoshop CS6 features.

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We’d love to introduce Oliver Reichenstein, the German founder and director of iA (Information Architects), an agency that handles web design and c...

We’d love to introduce Oliver Reichenstein, the German founder and director of iA (Information Architects), an agency that handles web design and consultancy as well as iOS and Mac applications development. He lived in Japan for a long time, where he experienced the handicap of being functionally illiterate as he didn’t speak a single word of Japanese. His very beginning there was quite hard, but at the same time helped him better appreciate the visual signs that the world offered, as they were his only way to communicate with it and, as stated by himself, this made him a better designer. Let’s take a glance at the responsiveness principles that Oliver evangelizes; Bringing Responsiveness to Apps is a brief and strong writing showing how responsive design has been applied to iA Writer for Mac in order to adapt typographies to different resolutions by changing their font-size. They implemented this solution as a response to some suggestions from users who asked for a font size change feature. Also, Oliver wrote a useful guide titled Responsive Typography: The Basics, where he tackles step-by-step the principles and features to take into account when dealing with typographies in a responsive design workflow, always having readability as the most important thing to consider as everything should work around it.

David has been working in web design, web development and acquiring a deep knowledge of user experience for more than a decade. He specializes in U...

David has been working in web design, web development and acquiring a deep knowledge of user experience for more than a decade. He specializes in UX, responsive and editorial web design, and founded Stuntbox, an interactive design agency based in Brooklyn, NY. He writes about usability, product strategy, user experience, publishing and design. He also works as design director at ProPublica, an independent public interest journalism newsroom, and has worked as an independent consultant for several media companies, giving them advice on best practices in journalism.

Luke is a skilled writer and expert about Print & Layout Design, Web Design, Branding, Video, Photography, HTML, and CSS. He specializes in com...

Luke is a skilled writer and expert about Print & Layout Design, Web Design, Branding, Video, Photography, HTML, and CSS. He specializes in communication, strategic thinking and digital storytelling. Based in Seattle, he also dedicates some time to help people understand WordPress templates. He has written articles for several online design magazines, focusing them on color management and flat and minimalistic design, along with their main characteristics and uses. Just for fun he tweets, enjoys hiking, is an avid climber and runs a fun website called The Best of Hulu.

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Cameron is a professional web and graphic designer with over six years of experience writing for a number of blogs, including her own, Cam...

Cameron is a professional web and graphic designer with over six years of experience writing for a number of blogs, including her own, Cameron Chapman Uncensored. Although Cameron usually writes novels, she is the author of The Smashing Idea Book: From Inspiration to Application, a compendium of inspirational graphic and web design with ingenious ideas to help designers get going with great design, as well as Color for Web Design: Apply Color Confidently and Create Successful. She writes about good practices in web design and useful tools for creating successful sites, and she has created quite interesting reviews and started up good conversations at A List Apart. She likes to tweet a lot, and also write about twitter, giving advice on people worth following in various categories like food, artists, comedians and others.

Tim is an independent web developer based in northern Wisconsin, passionate about the web and author of the book Implementing Responsive Design: Bu...

Tim is an independent web developer based in northern Wisconsin, passionate about the web and author of the book Implementing Responsive Design: Building sites for anywhere, everywhere web, which encloses topics like flexible web design for new platforms and devices. He is the co-founder of Breaking Development, one of the first conferences dedicated to web design and development for mobile devices, and has worked with different businesses, helping them in the application of technologies with a positive impact on them.

John is a computer scientist and mathematician who co-​​founded Web Directions, an organization that hosts conferences for web professionals. He’s ...

John is a computer scientist and mathematician who co-​​founded Web Directions, an organization that hosts conferences for web professionals. He’s the author of "Microformats: empowering your markup for web 2.0," a book on how they work, its detailed syntax, semantics and use. As a software developer, web development speaker and writer, he’s spent the last 15 years working with and developing for the web. Some of his most-famous pieces of work can be found in A List Apart, especially an article called "A Dao of Web Design," published in the year 2000. Still, it remains a reference for web design, setting the basis of responsiveness in a time we didn’t even think about having internet in our mobile phones.

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Brandon is a design enthusiast focused in web applications, photography and print design. He is the creator of multiple online tools and plugins, i...

Brandon is a design enthusiast focused in web applications, photography and print design. He is the creator of multiple online tools and plugins, including octopress, a framework for hacker bloggers based on Jekyll, and more tools like Fancy Buttons, HSL Picker, Color Hacker, Guard Jekyll Plus and other tools to handle different problems and situations. He runs an incredible blog with very useful information on different topics, mainly CSS3, WordPress, print design, among some other subjects. On his personal blog he writes about color handling, logo design, printed design and other design topics, always related to coding. He also tweets and retweets on a daily basis about all sorts of things, not only about design and coding.

Here we have Dan, an interaction designer who has written five books on design. These books touch several topics regarding mobile design (Designing...

Here we have Dan, an interaction designer who has written five books on design. These books touch several topics regarding mobile design (Designing Devices), gestural interfaces, interactions and microinteractions. You must have already noticed that he is obsessed with interaction design. However, he works as a Creative Director in a company called Smart Design, in San Francisco. He has been working since 1995 designing devices, apps, websites, interiors of automobiles, services and even robots. He claims that millions of people every day use the products he has designed, and he is proud to say he owns a Masters of Design in Interaction Design from Carnegie Mellon University, patenting several of his designs. He curates books, articles, videos and presentations about design for The Interaction Design Library, and he has written some more on taming algorithms, UX, multipurpose devices and if they are better than one function devices, innovation and other compelling topics. His patents include a soft shell for a diabetes management system, a remote control device for a diabetes management system, and several other elements for products that generate a preview of content items.

Mark is an experienced web developer that started working independently in 2007 and founded Clearbold, where he leads strategy and technology campa...

Mark is an experienced web developer that started working independently in 2007 and founded Clearbold, where he leads strategy and technology campaigns. He has worked on content management, websites and marketing platforms for various companies. You can follow his thoughts and part of his work in the Clearbold Newsletter and some of his articles at Smashing Magazine. He specializes in making things easier, more open to people. He thinks it doesn't make sense to create throwaway sites just for the sake of the numbers, an approach that makes him think sustainability is a big deal. That focus makes him work creating and investing both time and resources in platforms that can solve problems that arise over time. In his articles, he establishes mobile design grounds, like the importance of showing clients the value of a mobile strategy.

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Dan is well-known for being a designer and author that co-founded Dribbble, one of the leading design communities in the world and Cork’d, a social network for wine lovers, later acquired by the entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk. After this, he founded SimpleBits, LLC, a web design studio based in Salem, Massachusetts that’s also a blog about design, CSS, markup, web standards, craftsmanship, and life in general. He has worked with different media corporations, and his labor earned him the TechFellow award for Product Design & Marketing in 2012. He has worked with MTV, ESPN, Electronic Arts, Blogger, Fast Company, Inc Magazine and other public and private companies. He has created several books like Sass for Web Designers, CSS3 for Web Designers, Handcrafted CSS, Bulletproof Web Design, and Web Standards Solutions. He has a simplistic approach to web design, and he has been in countless interviews.

Harry is an independent consultant on User Experience, who posts great stuff in 90 Percent of Everything, his personal blog, generally about things...

Harry is an independent consultant on User Experience, who posts great stuff in 90 Percent of Everything, his personal blog, generally about things he learned as a user experience designer working between Brighton and London. He also runs Dark Patterns, a website which purpose is to "understand deceptive interfaces and stamping them out" so the web gets better over time. He did a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science and was an Academic Researcher for a few years before he started working as a consultant for recognized brands like The Guardian, Sainsbury’s, Cadbury, Vodafone and many more, focusing mainly on UX.

For more than fifteen years, Karen has helped create more usable digital products through the power of User Experience design and content strategy....

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Based in Brooklyn, Erin has been editing relevant publications in web design and regular media. She is the editor of Source, a community about code...

Based in Brooklyn, Erin has been editing relevant publications in web design and regular media. She is the editor of Source, a community about code and interactive design, one of her passions and Knight-Mozilla OpenNews, a platform that highlights open innovation in journalism. She has worked along Jeffrey Zeldman in several of his blogs and companies, including Happy Cog and A List Apart. She wrote a book called The Elements of Content Strategy, one of the most popular books about the importance of having a content strategy and how important it is to impact all aspects of web design and development. The book tells us why does content strategy matters, explores its roots and demonstrates how it’s done (and how can you do it). Erin has also worked as a member of the content strategy agency Brain Traffic, and with clients as W.W. Norton & Co., the Brookhaven National Laboratory, the Charter for Compassion, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Capgemini, Thomson Reuters, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She also edits content regularly for ''Contents Magazine''.

Dan works as a User Experience strategist that has made a life in interaction design and information design, human factors, user research, goal-dir...

Dan works as a User Experience strategist that has made a life in interaction design and information design, human factors, user research, goal-directed and user-centered design, among other mobile areas. He specializes in efficient, cross-functional collaboration and synthesis, transforming requirements to create directed and user-focused computer interfaces. He works to deliver usable products while balancing business goals, monetization and market timing. He has become a relevant player in Silicon Valley and his products have been used all around the world, but he has also managed to become influential in other places, mainly in 6 Asian markets including Singapore, where he built fantastic and productive UX teams to penetrate those markets. He has patented lots of products, in which we can include “Multimedia sharing in social networks for mobile devices,” “Social networking for mobile devices,” “Social namespace addressing for non-unique identifiers,” “Subscription control panel,” and more, a set that includes about 10 patents in varied areas, and he has helped entrepeneurs as well as product designers to understand better the users and their relation with the product.  

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Marcotte’s seminal article was a revolutionary piece of poetry. He set the basis of a new kind of web design, one that was desperately needed. Responsiveness was not a big deal before 2007. However, millions of people wanted to access the web from their Blackberries (remember Blackberry?), and even from not so smart phones. Then, the iPhone opened the landscape and Marcotte, three years later and after lots of experiments, opened the web. Marcotte’s article was later extended and became a book. Since then he has been working on web standards, making collaborations on books along with Jeffrey Zeldman and Dan Cederholm (co-authoring the book Handcrafted CSS). He’s also written articles on fluid images, fluid grids and where our standards went wrong. Also, he’s been on several events and work with People Magazine, the New York Magazine, the Sundance Film Festival, The Boston Globe, and the World Wide Web Consortium.

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Seb Lee-Delisle is a very unusual guy, especially for this post. He’s not your usual webdev, in fact he’s no web developer at all, instead, he is a...

Seb Lee-Delisle is a very unusual guy, especially for this post. He’s not your usual webdev, in fact he’s no web developer at all, instead, he is a digital artist and game designer who uses HTML5 and JavaScript as his canvas and platform to develop interesting and fun games, as well as works of art. On his spare time he’s also a great trainer and gives courses in JavaScript for creative people and beginners, which, according to those who have attended, are way more fun that traditional JavaScript studies. If you are interested in his works of art you can watch his PixelPyros, an incredible and awe inspiring showcase of programming and visual art in which participants actually create the fireworks by moving and walking past a giant screen. Lunar Trails, meanwhile, is an interactive installation in which attendants collectively create dynamic and visually arresting paintings by playing the classic arcade game “Lunar Lander”. As part of his effort to bring JavaScript to the masses he has a blog called Creative JS, which offers many extremely helpful video tutorials on creative and innovative uses of JavaScript for beginners. Some of his most useful tutorials are his two parter on advanced uploading techniques, which will help you code an uploading interface with full functionality and, if you wish to learn some of the basic techniques used in Seb’s artwork, the JavaScript fireworks tutorial is always welcome.

A question pops up into the brain of everyone who tries to talk about David Desandro: do people create things because they want to or because they ...

A question pops up into the brain of everyone who tries to talk about David Desandro: do people create things because they want to or because they need to? Whatever the case, Desandro needs to be working on something, preferably something with a little bit of edge to it, otherwise he gets cranky. He cares more about the quantity than the quality because, to him, it’s not the end result that matters but the fact that he’s got his hands and brain to concentrate on something. Nevertheless, his talent is pretty remarkable for someone who claims not to care for quality. He has amassed a considerable body of work along the years. He also updates regularly several blogs about anything that grabs his attention. You can check Dropshadows for information on everything front-end development, Smallblog for anything he might be thinking about at the moment or Metafizzy if you want to check out his products. Among the noteworthy things he has done, it’s hard not to mention his exhaustive guide on CSS 3D transformations, to be able to give your website some dynamic, experimental, flavour. These days he’s busy with a full time job as a Web Designer for twitter so he has dialed down his output of personal projects a bit.

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Thomas “hilarious last name” Fuchs is a web developer who has collaborated on numerous high profile projects, such as Ruby on Rails. He’s a pretty ...

Thomas “hilarious last name” Fuchs is a web developer who has collaborated on numerous high profile projects, such as Ruby on Rails. He’s a pretty good coder who likes developing tools for other web developers to use. He’s the guy that makes your life easier. He has made several remarkable tools for JavaScript developers, like Scriptaculous, which is a code library made for easy cross-browser UI optimization or Zepto, another incredibly practical code library for JavaScript. For more complex or collaborative projects, you can find his work at Slash7, a small software development company owned by him and Amy Hoys. You can read more about him and his trade in his blog, which offers pretty good tips on various end of the coding spectrum, such as UI advice on button interactions on touchscreens and the hotly debated topic of Retina Display optimization.

Despite what such a sweet rhyming name may imply, Nick is not from the “hood” nor does he possesses a “sick flow”. He’s just a regular Joe with the...

Despite what such a sweet rhyming name may imply, Nick is not from the “hood” nor does he possesses a “sick flow”. He’s just a regular Joe with the bonus of  just over a decade's worth of experience in the web industry as a user experience expert, and it’s that experience that makes him valuable. As the founder and publisher of Digital Web Magazine, you can be sure he knows what he’s talking about in regards to web design and development. Currently, he’s head of UX at Projekt202, and you can find his expertise available at his blog, through which he comments on new advancements and innovations on the field and shares his design conferences with the world. Some useful articles include his talk on going beyond the screen as UX professionals and the triple conference article, in which he includes his tips on smart career move for UX professionals.

In the 80s and late 70s, dinosaurs roamed the earth. That’s how punk rockers called the classic bands that had been around since the 60s because th...

In the 80s and late 70s, dinosaurs roamed the earth. That’s how punk rockers called the classic bands that had been around since the 60s because the thought it was time for them to go extinct, to pass on. Eric Mayer is a web dinosaur. With just over 21 years of web experience, this relic of a bygone age is not ready to call it quits and is still developing the web and advocating for the betterment of web standards. In his spare time he writes a blog on web design and web standards, there you’ll find useful advice on CSS, which is his specialty. You can also find an excerpt from his book, Smashing CSS, in which he explains advanced CSS methods and solutions to web development problems. He has also written several incredibly useful development tools, the most famous being S5, which is a standards-based system for creating online slideshows.

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Aaron is the Founder of the web development boutique Easy Designs, a content-based web development consultancy located in Chattanooga, TN. He was a...

Aaron is the Founder of the web development boutique Easy Designs, a content-based web development consultancy located in Chattanooga, TN. He was also the manager of the Web Standards Project (WaSP), an initiative that started back in 1998, when the browser war between Netscape and Microsoft threatened to make the internet a hostile place for everybody. Now, that time is long gone and we can enjoy an open, free and interoperable web in peace, in part thanks to WaSP’s InterAct. Aaron now runs projects such as Small Business+ Web Standards and Web Standards Sherpa. Additionally, Aaron is the author of a book called Adaptive Web Design, a fan favorite that explains how to create projects through the application of progressive enhancement, all explained with a friendly, clear language, proper of Aaron’s work.

Counting Zeldman as a “rising author” is total nonsense since he has been working and writing on web design for a long time. He started in 1995 and...

Counting Zeldman as a “rising author” is total nonsense since he has been working and writing on web design for a long time. He started in 1995 and has become, since then, one of the institutions of web standards and design. He is the founder of one of the most important blogs about web design: A List Apart. A blog that incubates ideas so powerful that can change entire views on one subject (like Responsive Web Design). He founded Happy Cog, a web design studio that gives advice to entrepeneurs and regular people on what’s great design. A List Apart works as an evangelical platform to guide web designers and programmers create a better web by knowing, adapting and even creating web standards. This work helps achieving accessible, SEO improved websites that are friendly, and work in multiple platforms. Zeldman wrote a book called Designing with Web Standards, which grew to be a complete success around the world. The book is available in 13 languages, and it’s now in its third edition, co-authored by Ettan Marcotte. The book comprises topics as behaviour and structures, markup, standard-based design, HTML5, CSS, Internet Explorer matters, responsive design, grids, accessibility and many more topics. He has also created a book store called a A Book Apart, with the purpose of selling brief books that can be read in a relatively long plane flights, as well as hosting a design conference called An Event Apart that consists in a two-day learning and knowledge-sharing experience about web standards, which is followed by a full day of workshop. The conference is hosted in seven cities around the world annually, and speakers are carefully selected before the event.

Derek Sivers is a strange man. Once, the guy responsible for one of the first online music stores and the first music store to distribute indie mus...

Derek Sivers is a strange man. Once, the guy responsible for one of the first online music stores and the first music store to distribute indie music online, was at the top of the world. Then he gave his company away to charity and they sold it, giving him 5% of the profits monthly until his death, when everything will go to the charity. That company was CD Baby, his baby, and he sold it. He went one day to bed, asking himself if he should sell, fully expecting a no for an answer. What he got, instead, was pretty surprising: “This time it was different. I thought how nice it'd be to not have 85 employees and all that responsibility. I wrote how nice it'd be to get outside a bit and feel free from all that. I got excited about all the cool new projects I could do instead.” What else goes through the mind of this guy? You can read his blog to find out. He writes about business, technology, music, and many other topics of interest. You can read how he learned JavaScript or about his book “Anything you want” or why he decided to give his company to charity.

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Trent Walton, along with Dave Rupert (who you'll get to know later if you haven't) is one third of Paravel Studios. I hope there is no need to intr...

Trent Walton, along with Dave Rupert (who you'll get to know later if you haven't) is one third of Paravel Studios. I hope there is no need to introduce Paravel Studios and you haven’t forgot about them. Suffice to say, they are very good at what they do and what they do is web design. Walton hails from Texas Hill Country and is a pretty good web developer and designer. Even though he didn’t study anything even remotely related with web design, graphic design or even the arts (in fact he studied psychology and child and family development), he has always been interested in design and, one day, he decided to take the risk with two friends and the rest is Paravel. Besides working at Paravel, Walton also has a blog in which he writes very high quality material on a variety of web related subjects. You can find his musings and delusions recorded in written form here. It would be advisable to check his “where to start” intro guide to responsive design and this complete dissertation on fluid type and the role of typography in responsive web design.

Boris Smus is a Canadian software engineer who spent his childhood years in Russia. Currently working at Google researching new UI paradig...

Boris Smus is a Canadian software engineer who spent his childhood years in Russia. Currently working at Google researching new UI paradigms. He backpacks around the world, practices long distance running and plays piano in his spare time. He keeps his blog regularly updated and writes for several other outlets, generally about audio, sensors and web technology. Among his writings there are several highlights worth mentioning, such as his guide on high DPI images for variable pixel densities, his piece on HTML5 multiplayer games or the one on reusable JavaScript for MVC frameworks. He also wrote a freely available book about the Web Audio API, and a few articles on the topic. The last project he was involved in was Cardboard, a DIY VR enclosure for Android phones.

Simon+Samurai=Simurai. Luckily for us that’s not this young man’s only grasp of math, in fact he is sort of a web design and development samurai be...

Simon+Samurai=Simurai. Luckily for us that’s not this young man’s only grasp of math, in fact he is sort of a web design and development samurai because he does things precisely and perfectly. He’s a user interface experience designer from the Swiss Alps that currently lives in Sapporo Japan, knows a lot about JavaScript, CSS3 and HTML5 and not much else is known about him. Some of his projects include an anonymous and no strings attached chat service called Tlk.io, The Letter Heads, an awesome demo to showcase the capabilities of the fourth Firefox iteration, and more. His blog contains tons of useful tutorials and guides on how to do things with JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3 like this great article about the drawbacks of SVG icons in retina displays; and then there’s the Lab section, that describes in detail his experiments in using and implementing different effects with CSS3.

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Andrew Clarke is one half of Stuff and Nonsense, a web design studio based on the UK. The other half is his wife. Together they design websites tha...

Andrew Clarke is one half of Stuff and Nonsense, a web design studio based on the UK. The other half is his wife. Together they design websites that look great on any and every device. Together they have over 20 years designing and managing a design company, which has worked in many high profile projects, including some for the British government. Their site also has a blog, which covers many web development and design themes, such as a guide to how they created the header to their website.  You could also watch his conference on encouraging better client participation in responsive design projects.

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He signs his emails as PEte. He does it because he believes it makes him stand out, as if being part of the Google Web Store team wasn’t enough of a proof of quality. He has been designing websites since high school, during the early days of Geocities and he’s also an accomplished fine art photographer. In his spare time he maintains a blog, in which you’ll be able to read his thoughts on the web, web design and photography. Among his standout articles you’ll find some interesting insights on using the meta viewport to optimize website rendering on mobile devices or his comment on the removal of the “target-densitydpi” element from the latest version of the Webkit Engine. When he’s not writing or designing, he’s giving talks and conferences on web design and he has also taught photography at the Photographic Centre Northwest.

Whenever Jeff is not curating the WordPress section at Smashing Magazine you can find him writing. What does he write about? He writes about WordPr...

Whenever Jeff is not curating the WordPress section at Smashing Magazine you can find him writing. What does he write about? He writes about WordPress and other web related subjects, of course. He’s the author of “Digging into Wordpress”, a profound and thorough book on the world’s most popular publishing platform, which will teach you how to maintain and manage a WordPress website throughout the years with real, practical, code samples. Also authored by him, “.htaccess made easy” aims to make a security expert on Htaccess out of you by sharing over 10 years of experience Jeff has on the subject in a colorful way. He has a web design and development company called Monzilla. One of the blogs he maintains is called Perishable Press, where you’ll be able to find his writings on several subjects, ranging from WordPress to SEO and web security, and, sometimes, all of them at the same time. One of his best articles on web security is this one, in which he goes to great lengths to explain how to avoid the common practice of using unsafe characters in URLs. He writes on uncommon subjects with knowledge and experience, so if you need information on obscure, web-based topics, you better look him up.

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Paul Irish is not from Ireland. Despite that, he does have magic powers, like a leprechaun: He is an HTML5 and CSS3 wizard and pretty good web deve...

Paul Irish is not from Ireland. Despite that, he does have magic powers, like a leprechaun: He is an HTML5 and CSS3 wizard and pretty good web developer, too. He’s currently working at the Google Chrome Developer Relations team and was a member of the jQuery team for two years. He develops the feature detection library Modernizr, the app workflow tool Yeoman, HTML5/CSS3 (please) and many more helpful pieces of open source code. He’s an open web standards advocate. When he’s not trying to make a better world for coders everywhere, he’s writing. In his blog or elsewhere. Mr. Irish writes long and thorough articles which go to the bottom of the issue, whichever it may be. As an example you can read his excellent guide on what is and isn’t Webkit or his guide on animating using CSS 2D transformations and the Translate() element. He keeps his blog updated every few months to keep the article quality and depth consistent instead of just writing more.

For Brian, mobile design became more than just a fling (pun intended), it became his passion, his main line of work. He’s an experienced web design...

For Brian, mobile design became more than just a fling (pun intended), it became his passion, his main line of work. He’s an experienced web designer who has worked with several Fortune 500 companies on different mobile solutions like the BBC iPlayer or Adobe’s Creative Cloud. He runs a design firm called Pinch/Zoom with his wife Cyndi and maintains a regularly updated blog, Flinglog, on such diverse subjects as the web, traveling and web development. He has written several interesting pieces on more abstract and basic topics such as the disparity between the tech and design industries, in which they still think and review products as collections of features rather than the user experience. He usually goes for quantity over quality as you can see from the giant amount of articles he has written over the years. But you'll generally be able to find useful and precise articles on anything design related from Typography to web design.

Oli Studholme lives in the land of the rising sun, Japan, prime exporters of all the weird. He gets constant attention for being American and write...

Oli Studholme lives in the land of the rising sun, Japan, prime exporters of all the weird. He gets constant attention for being American and writes for his blog, The Pastry Box and HTML5 Doctor. Due to the subject of his articles he’s gained a reputation as an HTML5 expert, which may actually be true. He knows enough of the language to be able to do several thoughtful articles on many of it’s features and elements. A selection of remarkable articles authored by Oli starts with his guide to identifying and solving common issues regarding the Blockquote HTML5 element, he also offers guides on more obscure or non traditional aspects of HTML5, like the one on the new features of the “<u> element” or the “<ol> element”. He has co-authored one of the most comprehensive guides to HTML5 and CSS,”Beginning HTML5 and CSS3, The Web Evolved”, which has gained a lot of positive criticism.

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According to Mr. Sharp, REM sleep patterns are named after him. You are free to decide whether that’s true or not, we, however have decided to roll...

According to Mr. Sharp, REM sleep patterns are named after him. You are free to decide whether that’s true or not, we, however have decided to roll with it. But he hasn’t always been this important (actually, we’re not sure he has ever), he started small and humble, at Worthing, a small town located in West Sussex, UK. He took Computer Information System Design at Kingston U. and went on to design Digital Look for Gallio, where he still works at as Lead Developer. Over time, Digital Look became one of the leading finance website solution providers, working with the likes of HSBC and Barclays. Nowadays he also owns Left Logic, a web design, development and training company which has worked on several high profile projects. When not being one of the UK’s premier web developers, you’ll find him writing and speaking at conferences. He has co-authored the book “Introducing HTML5” with Bruce Lawson. In his blog you’ll find several complete and thorough articles on web design and development, such as an exhaustive and in depth look at how to begin with jQuery, and an evaluation on the possible developments of vendor prefixes.

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Chris Shiflett is an American web developer, or web craftsman as he calls himself, partner at Fictive Kin living and working at Brooklyn, NY. Over the years he has amassed a considerable body of work, displaying a large variety of web skills and more. He’s a co-organizer of Brooklyn Beta, an annual conference on web design, writer of “Essential PHP security” and author of Gimme Bar. In his blog he writes about the web, the world and his life. He has also written several articles for various publications, most of which you can read about here, but most of them are from times before HTML5 or the current, widespread acceptance of web standards.

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Peter hails from the Netherlands, where he is an important character in the web design scene, he may even be the main character in the front end scene since he founded Fronteers, the dutch association of front-end web developers. In 2009 he also became a mobile web specialist since he noted that the mobile scene was in dire need of talented developers able to work on web standards and mobile optimization techniques and hasn’t looked back since. In his spare time, he maintains QuirksMode, which is the main and most important source on browser compatibility reviews and assessments of their CSS and JavaScript capabilities as well as adherence to W3 standards. QuirksMode also has a blog, through which he talks everything web related, politics and, sometimes, even personal posts. He has written many long and thoughtful posts on mobile issues and some have even gotten their own series (of posts, not tv series) such as the amazing two parter on Mobile and desktop viewport, which gives you a complete look at desktop and mobile viewports, comparing and contrasting them. Much more recent, however, is his post on Google’s new browser rendering engine, Blink, and how it’ll affect the browser landscape, particularly, Chrome and Opera.

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Steve Souders is head performance engineer at Google, his secrets for optimizing performance are discussed in his book “High Performance Websites: Essential knowledge for front-end engineers”, which became an Amazon #1 best seller. He followed with a sequel, “Even Faster Websites: Performance best practices for web developers”. Steve created YSlow, one of the top 25 Firefox add-ons and many more performance optimizing solutions for a myriad of other uses. He taught at Stanford for a time and is a known public speaker. When he’s not being the go-to guy for website optimization, he writes for his blog, which contains some gems like this article on mobile debugging tools or this one on web performance tools, which is unbelievably useful as well.

Jonathan Snooks is a web developer on both sides of the issue: front and back end. Website as well as server. Currently, he works as Product Manage...

Jonathan Snooks is a web developer on both sides of the issue: front and back end. Website as well as server. Currently, he works as Product Manager at Jireh Solutions. Apart from working on the web, he also writes and gives talks. He has authored “Scalable and Modular architecture for CSS”, a pretty handy ebook on how to structure code for projects on a larger scale. On his free time he regularly updates a blog, where you can read his thoughts and musings on technology, coding and his life. He’s written some useful posts on coding and web development like this one on CSS parent selectors or that one on simple Javascript.

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It’s hard to find a developer who doesn’t preserve all the code they write, you know, for science, yet here she is. Divya Manian is one of those devs. Perhaps it’s her eastern heritage, perhaps she is way too much into Heraclitus, who knows. The fact is that she isn’t into permanence or community sharing, she supports those practices but doesn’t personally engage into them. How does it relate to you? Well, her blog may not be there tomorrow, for starters. “All that will be lost, like tears in the rain...” In there you’ll find a sharp mind, ready to share her knowledge and hand out useful advice regarding new web standards. She likes to be on the edge of development as an open web standards advocate. Some must-read articles include a guide on how to optimize websites for responsive design by removing unnecessary decimals or leaving the calculations to the browser, which makes the code clearer and easier to understand for further developments or collaborations and an article about CSS object models which provides APIs that allow you to query and manipulate stylesheets.

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With an education on anthropology and archaeology one can’t help but to wonder what drove Nicolas into web design but as he answers himself on an i...

With an education on anthropology and archaeology one can’t help but to wonder what drove Nicolas into web design but as he answers himself on an interesting interview, “it’s an incredibly versatile discipline and you’ll find anthropologists working in practically every setting imaginable” so perhaps it’s not as big a leap as you’d imagine. Whatever the cause, he is currently working at twitter as a software engineer and, in his spare time, writes articles on different front-end development topics. You’ll find most of his writings have been collected on his blog, which he updates every few months. He explains things with an understanding and thoroughness few other writers can muster; his articles are long and very in depth. Some remarkable posts include his famed guide on CSS pseudo-element hacks and his musings on HTML semantics and front-end architecture. He’s one of those writers who goes for quality instead of quantity, updating his blog every few months instead of every week or so, but, whenever he does, you can be sure you’ll be reading something meaty and packed with useful knowledge.

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Seth Godin is another strange addition to this list because he is not a web developer, neither is he a graphic designer, artist or related. He is a Marketing expert, writer and speaker and, as a marketing experts go, he’s on the bleeding edge and one of the best. A pioneer in web marketing and web distribution, he’s got over 12 best selling books to his name, including one of the best selling eBooks of all time, so he’s not exactly a “rising” writer, more like a “raised” writer, but still quite worthy of mention. His ideas are usually the ones leading the march, he prescribed the future, instead of describing it so if you want to know how things will turn out in a few years, listen to the man, because we already do. Whenever he writes a book, he makes a blog for said book, so it shouldn’t be necessary to note that he has a lot of blogs (oops,just did it), all of which you can access from his main page. He also has a main blog, which is the one he uses to write about anything he likes and is filled with useful advice regarding the web, marketing and life. His latest book is “The Icarus Deception: How high will you fly?” which talks about becoming a vocal in a world filled with consonants, becoming your own man and the end of the industrial age; in short, it’s a must read.

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Not too much is known about Dimitry’s origins and personal life, however, he has made superb contributions to the web which have given him a lot of recognition. For example, Fadeyev has created Usaura, a site which works as a micro tool to measure the performance and usability strengths and weaknesses of given web site or web app. In addition, Dimitry created UsabilityPost, a blog which tackles topics related to user experience and usability improvements. One of these posts addresses the user experience from the device features’ perspective. The UX Threshold sets the relationship between a great usability and users’ selected device; he quotes great authors like Jakob Nielsen and Lukas Mathis and points out some pros and cons of creating an idea of a device’s usability depending on its specifications, meaning its power or lack of it. Effects of Typography on Reader Mood and Productivity shows the results obtained as of an experiment performed in two groups of people, some of them had to read certain text with great typographies and some others with unreadable ones. As a conclusion, there are shown the effects of such typographies in these people’s mood, sincerity and performance.

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Founder of Howells Studio, Daniel helps people, either independent small companies or large design studios, to achieve great practices and results based on digital strategy and website design, development and prototyping, areas in which Daniel has enough proficiency. Howells also founded siteInspire, which is a curated showcase that covers the best of website design and development. Creative Journal is another site created and edited by him, and, similar to siteInspire, is also a curated showcase, in this case about the most interesting design, art, architecture and photography. Howells shared some of what he learned when working on siteInspire in his blog entry A few things I learned from redesigning and redeveloping siteInspire. There, he points out the importance of remaining focused at any project in progress, specially if it is a personal one, gathering enough advice from the right people and keeping sight on the goal as well as avoiding unnecessary complexities. On the “flat design” aesthetic is a review he made of a couple of articles that promote the idea of having flat designs on user interfaces, as the mainstream is setting the trend, instead of skeuomorphic elements; this could be achieved with simple trimmings for common viewers and would not have enough impact in actual user experience.

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Daniel Eden grew up in Manchester, UK, he is socially active in the net as he shares a lot of his works and thoughts in the main social networks available. A designer who also codes, he is currently studying Digital Media Technology at Nottingham Trent University, and he is about to complete his studies since he is in his final year. Eden’s blog, which carries his own name, comprises several articles related to his life, going through how he’s been in full touch with different technologies over the years. Realigning, published in January 2013, addresses the importance of producing contents which could be easily read by users, as an effort to embrace content first practices, while giving importance to achieving a good result when displayed, assuring that the content, ergo the message is going to be conveyed properly. Building A Brand shows the personal process that Daniel went through in order to acquire a logo able to represent what he did. Unlike some other branding processes, Eden emphasizes on the fact that he didn’t expect that people were able to link his logo to his name just by seeing it, but wanted to have something simple, which actually represented his work.

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Craig Mod is a writer who enjoys posting topics related to technology, design and publishing, as he specializes in these fields. He asserts being fascinated by startup culture, especially the naivety, the chaos and optimism. Regarding optimism, he does his best to put it in practice as he believes that as technology has an enormous and increasingly good moment right now, daring to do more and betting on such change, with a good deal of optimism, would be the right choice. One of his writings, Twitter for minimalists, has some tips for those who would like to tweak  twitter.com for Apple devices by using Fluid and applying some CSS rules and finally having a great result that would easily compete against Twitter.app. Mod also enjoys writing on design, tendency that we can see, for instance, on his essay Hack the Cover where he explains the events and circumstances that have brought print and digital covers to their current status as well as showing some stunning works of versatile cover design.

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Developing great user experiences is Braden’s big passion and if you want proof of this, he has been in front of design teams for great projects such as Google Buzz, Gmail, Google Spreadsheets, Google Trends, among others. Based in San Francisco, California, USA, Kowitz has degrees in Computer Science and Human-Computer interaction. Nowadays, Braden is a design partner at Google Ventures and founded Design Studio. Kowitz is a frequent writer at Ventures’ Blog; some of his highlights are: Story-centered design: hacking your brain to think like a user, that talks about the process of paradigm change in the midst of the application design process from being screen-centric to being story-centric. That means you need stop focusing on how each screen from a set will look and what it’s made for, and go on the stories behind the actual display of such screens; in other words, how and why the users are going through them, and how such screens work together as a result of this. Also, when building start-ups, some practices are focused on testing as much as possible all the features of the product to launch before showing some prototypes to the public. How start-ups can learn more while building less, also written by Braden, provides a different point of view where developers should be in a better connection with users, release small pieces of the  product, which may allow people to feel the whole sensation of the product prior to launch, optimizing the start-up process this way.

Living in New York City, Anil is passionate for technology startups since he uses those in his job by applying their innovations on the development...

Living in New York City, Anil is passionate for technology startups since he uses those in his job by applying their innovations on the development and reinvention of communities and institutes. He aims to introduce such new technologies to people who do not have fair access or don’t even know the new interactive world surrounding us. As you can see, he leads a nice social cause and is focused to use technology to make a better world. Anil has a blog at his website, where he publishes topics related to innovations like the ones introduced above and the social impact of technology nowadays. As of this writing, his post The Ascendance of Tech Execs addresses some criticism at the lack of opportunities that engineers and coders have in order to be at the top of a technology company’s hierarchy unless they have founded it. Although he refers to a couple of exceptions, he implies that several tech companies should take advantage of the vision and skills from engineers to follow a more accurate route. How to redesign your app without pissing everybody off, is another great article from his blog, where he talks about the recent tendency of users of feeling they’re part of an application or site they use, to such an extent that they may get angry if some sensitive change is made without previous notice or even worse, with no notice at all. Anil points out some tips to take into account to complete a redesign process avoiding such bad moods from the users while trying.

Devon is a web developer settled in San Luis Obispo, California, USA. He is the brilliant author of projects such as Png.js, a PNG decoder in JavaS...

Devon is a web developer settled in San Luis Obispo, California, USA. He is the brilliant author of projects such as Png.js, a PNG decoder in JavaScript for the canvas element or for Node.js; Slang, a set of functions for working with strings in JS on the server or CommonJS outside of it. ANother of his creations is PDFKit for Node.js, a PDF document generation library for Node, written entirely in CoffeeScript. He is currently working in the next version as he has teased recently via Twitter. Frequently, Govett posts blog entries at his site Badass JavaScript, which he defines as “A showcase of awesome JavaScript code that pushes the boundaries of what’s possible on the web” which is clearly an indicator of his tendency of being on the edge, looking for awesome innovations and going beyond existing trends. Let’s take a glance to one of his entries about brand-new stuff in JavaScript: MathBox.js: A 3d Math Visualization Library using WebGL. Here, he points out the work of Steven Wittens, reviewing this library that works alongside WebGL to load some shared content and whose goal is displaying mathematical relationships as well as animate them smoothly; it includes mathematical functions and chained methods which define how these functions will be displayed.

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Samantha Warren is a web design specialist; she works as Design Director at Phase 2 Technology, and at Twitter as a designer. She has a broad backg...

Samantha Warren is a web design specialist; she works as Design Director at Phase 2 Technology, and at Twitter as a designer. She has a broad background including projects for NatGeo, DuPont, Choice Hotels International as well as individuals of different areas. As a result of her experience, she enjoys teaching, speaking and writing; she shares her knowledge by teaching foundation-level graphic design and web design at Boston University in Georgetown. Moreover, she was featured in a presentation at the SXSW Interactive Festival, in Austin, TX in 2010 about how to translate printed typography basics to digital environments, in order to create great online typographic experiences. Samantha is also creator of Style Tiles, a responsive tool to quickly address the client’s needs. Samantha has also written for important web design publications such as .Net Magazine, where she wrote about the makeover process she made to a fundraising website; she describes the features it was displaying on screen, the context in which the website was created, its social background and how the design elements didn’t call enough to action. Once she explains that, Samantha delves into the practices she used to enhance such website design and help their staff achieving their goal: selling tickets for the event. Another important post by her was published on her blog: On AIGA. It unleashed controversy as she, based on a previous post from Michael Aleo (who showed the specific point of view from an AIGA local contest judge), points out the lack of actual support and inclusion that web designers have in an organization created to represent professional designers.

This Czech has been living in the US for the last ten years; he is a developer, designer and writer with a large background in product development,...

This Czech has been living in the US for the last ten years; he is a developer, designer and writer with a large background in product development, marketing, advertising and business. He has helped many companies and individuals elevate their business and take fair advantage over their competitors by making websites for them. Antonin has posted several tutorials related to Twitter Bootstrap, WordPress and overall blogging in his own website as well as several blog entries since writing is one of his biggest passions. One of Januska’s main interests is search engine optimization (SEO). Let’s take a look to some prominent posts authored by him: Using Google Webmasters and Google Analytics to find your next blog post, comes to be a great guide for publishers to make some research about what they will write the next time they start a blog entry. The goal here consists on creating great metadata with powerful keywords to help improve SEO, ease the writing of a post about a known topic and increase its popularity and exposure by bringing traffic. To do so, the combined use of Google Analytics and Google Webmasters is key; Antonin explains really nicely how to use their power and achieve good results by making up your mind towards the topic of your next post.

Anna is a web developer from Oxford, UK; she is a specialist in JavaScript, Python and HTML. She defines herself as a coder, writer and data analys...

Anna is a web developer from Oxford, UK; she is a specialist in JavaScript, Python and HTML. She defines herself as a coder, writer and data analyst, having a background in literature and computer science. Anna is the developer of the award-winning CycleStreets Mobile, which earned the Best Lightweight Application category at Jacob Nielsen’s User Interface of the year. Anna has written some interesting applications based in data analysis through graphics and charts; these include Dress sizes, an interactive guide to find dress sizes in UK shops using D3.js; Baby Names, a tool for viewing baby name trends for England and Wales that has been featured in several important news media such as The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Economist, The Sun and BBC. House prices is a calculation of how house prices are affected by travel times in trains all around London. ‘Baby Names’ is one of Anna’s most popular web applications. Regarding web design, Anna has written a great article for 24 Ways entitled How to make your site look half decent in half an hour where she gives some advice on how to use tools to enhance the look and features of a website, in this specific case, Twitter Bootstrap and how to pimp it to make everything you do look beautiful.

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As most of the authors on our list, Andy is a developer focused on websites and web applications building. Hailing from Brighton, UK, he has worked...

As most of the authors on our list, Andy is a developer focused on websites and web applications building. Hailing from Brighton, UK, he has worked in projects for BBC, NBC, Mozilla, Sony, Computer Arts Projects and Microsoft, among others. He currently is part of the Software Architecture Team at The Guardian in London. Andy has been writing articles for his own blog since 2004, and he’s completed more than 90 entries so far, writing about practices and good elements for web development. He has also written a couple of articles for The Guardian, where he describes some characteristics of his job and their impact on the digital edition of such publication. Hume is a client-side architect at The Guardian. One of these articles is called HTML5 and Native apps: the hybrid approach which argues against the common belief that Mobile Applications that use web technologies to work or display some kind of information are slower than native and prone to lag frequently. He arguments that web technology implementations on native applications will enhance their power as they could be more appropriate to display some contents and elements, such as HTML; this is the reason why The Guardian bets on HTML: a stable and reliable format now and in the long-term.

Alex is a freelance developer, living in Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom. He is known for being an expert in using HTML, CSS and JavaScript as ...

Alex is a freelance developer, living in Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom. He is known for being an expert in using HTML, CSS and JavaScript as well implementing front-end web technologies. When Gibson is not freelancing, he co-maintains Mobile Boilerplate, which is as the name implies, a boilerplate that helps as a baseline for web application development. He also writes occasional guest posts for HTML5 Doctor and for his own blog, where he shows off some results of the implementations in which he has been working, giving a personal touch to such posts. In one of his articles, he praises the advantages of moving to static websites: Moving to Jekyll and Github pages. One he found was the use of Markdown, which let him write clean posts and also let Jekyll render and translate those into HTML documents. He praises the improvement that implies an easier version control and content quality since pages are hosted in Github. In addition, this practice also provides plugins, as Jekyll takes care of these, allowing the use of CSS preprocessors to ease laying out processes and enable full portability. Mobile first is one of the practices that Alex Gibson recommends the most when carrying out site redesigns on his article “Site redesign, a mobile first approach”. Another interesting post from his blog is titled Site redesign, a mobile first approach, where Gibson brings out the importance of the use of mobile and content first principles by carrying out accurate practices of responsive web design focusing on small resolutions, and giving the necessary importance to content by using Content Choreography concepts.

Alex Sexton describes himself (in the short description under his name on his blog) as a Web hacker and JavaScript enthusiast. He is the creator of...

Alex Sexton describes himself (in the short description under his name on his blog) as a Web hacker and JavaScript enthusiast. He is the creator of Yepnope, a conditional loader that claims to be superfast and loads just the scripts that users need. He is Senior Labs Engineer at Bazaarvoice and member of the jQuery subteam. Sexton has also participated in some other projects such as Modernizr, a JS library able to detect HTML5 and CSS3 features in user’s browser. Since 2009, he has been writing on his blog about several topics regarding JavaScript and large client-side applications. With the help of some peers, he created Yayquery, a podcast where they discuss features, approaches and several matters related to the jQuery library. Among the several articles Alex has written, we’d like to highlight a couple of them; first, let’s talk about The UX of Language, where he describes that, with the passage of time, we have started building web apps rather than web documents. These applications have become more interactive and personalized, and for that reason, some importance should be given to the correct use of language (or languages), strengthening the need of planning good algorithms. This argument also includes the fact that if an application lacks a good flow, it will be pointless how much time and effort you spend on design and interaction as it might be missing the most important thing: content. He also makes a brief introduction of a toolkit developed by him, the Jed Toolkit. The Jed Toolkit by Alex Sexton, created to ease the internationalization process of web applications using JavaScript. This second article showcases the benefits of the aforementioned toolkit, which is able to ease the process of internationalizing applications in JavaScript. Sexton illustrates by using several examples, how tedious it may be to create translation templates by the bare use of conditionals and switch/case sentences. Another remarkable point here, is the toolk...

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Let’s introduce Alex MacCaw from San Francisco, California, USA. Alex is a JavaScript and Ruby expert, author of the JavaScript framework Spine. Hi...

Let’s introduce Alex MacCaw from San Francisco, California, USA. Alex is a JavaScript and Ruby expert, author of the JavaScript framework Spine. His hobbies include traveling, photography and surfboarding. He has been in several cities to give speeches about Ruby on Rails. He has a blog where he addresses topics related to web development and some design. MacCaw is also an author for O'Reilly with two published books: “JavaScript Web Applications” and “The Little Book on CoffeeScript”. “JavaScript Web Applications” is a book that starts with the basis that building JavaScript applications requires moving state from the server to the client side, a process which may result tricky. Hence, this guide will follow developers through all steps of apps creation, from their inception to the communication of the final release. Developers will learn to take advantage from the most responsive and improved experience offered by JavaScript applications. “JavaScript Web Applications” guides developers on moving state from the server to the client side. His second book, “The Little Book on CoffeeScript” is a relatively short guide explaining how to build great web applications by using CoffeeScript. MacCaw explores some of the features of this language, which is an enhancement to JavaScript, and finds some common errors when using JS and how to avoid those by using CoffeeScript. To do so, the book contains a set of good practices for using the language client-side as well as server-side.

This Londoner really knows what Web design is all about as he is a Developer Programs Engineer at the Google Chrome team. He declares himself as pa...

This Londoner really knows what Web design is all about as he is a Developer Programs Engineer at the Google Chrome team. He declares himself as passionate about JavaScript’s world since he’s been working on it for a long time. He is also member of the jQuery core team where he debugs, helps building concepts for documentation and evangelizes about development. Addy has written several articles for Smashing Magazine, in addition to his own site; he provides tips and guides for developers looking to achieve a more fluid and efficient workflow. Osmani has also written a couple of great books, let’s have a look at them. “Learning JavaScript Design Patterns” is oriented to professional developers and those with certain intermediate/advanced JS skills who are willing to improve their knowledge about design patterns and how to apply them in JavaScript. Design patterns are reusable solutions to common problems in software design; in other words, the use of code that has worked before for other developers in certain situations, being helpful when facing similar ones; it’s an accurate way to learn how to build clean and organized code. Although a publication of this kind is usually full of jargon, this one is mainly written in simple language to provide a clear explanation of what can be made by using design patterns. “JavaScript Design Patterns” aims to improve overall knowledge about design patterns and how to apply them using JavaScript. On the other hand, we have “Developing Blackbone.js Applications”, a book that teaches how to improve the way applications are built by using blackbone.js, a library that adds order and structure to client side code. This library becomes really useful to simplify server-side persistence, and it helps avoiding scripting to become a mess. Osmani’s blog posts cover topics related to web development; for instance, there are a lot of entries regarding JavaScript and its performance. His blog is a highly recommended knowledge ...

This English guy is passionate about Web design and development; he has been working on this field for about 8 years and has focused his work on fr...

This English guy is passionate about Web design and development; he has been working on this field for about 8 years and has focused his work on front-end coding, as well as design. His website ran for about ten years, was retired and archived as now Matt wants to update it applying the new front-end technologies and techniques. He used to write interesting posts about web development and more recently, about responsive design, it is here where one of his works starts calling our attention, we’re talking about Adaptive Images. Such approach looks to improve the fluency and performance of images on a website in the context of responsive web design. The idea is to adapt these images to the screen size by creating caches and rescaling these versions without making changes to existing markup. This approach is great for an accurate display of a website in smaller devices which also use low bandwidth, enhancing UX and becoming more attractive for new visitors, while keeping the existing ones. In addition, Matt expands his idea with a comprehensive article for 24 Ways where he highlights the benefits of this technique and also clarifies the whole concept by identifying the constraints that it has so far. An example on how Adaptive images works by displaying lighter images as the resolution decreases.

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Known as Mary Lou, Manoela Ilic has achieved recognition in the web design and programming industry by creating fantastic pieces of code, mainly in...

Known as Mary Lou, Manoela Ilic has achieved recognition in the web design and programming industry by creating fantastic pieces of code, mainly in CSS and HTML. She is one of the lucky few who have the web trifecta: knows about designing, coding, and writing. This allows her to code gorgeous menus, buttons, page transitions, sliders and many more elements that look stunning with incredible ease, and then write about them to let people know how she made them. Back in 2009 she co-founded Codrops, a web development blog that publishes web design, programming and usability articles and tutorials. The team there is dedicated to providing useful and qualitative content, free of charge. But although she calls Codrops her "playground", she has also written interesting papers on Dynamic user profiles for collaborative filtering, enhancing recommendations using answer-set programming, and dynamic user preferences for recommender systems using well-founded semantics. She is a freelance web designer and developer that loves interaction design, who has a degree in Cognitive Science and Computational Logic. She has written over 320 articles about design, always with a touch of development. She also writes about menu effects, styling, preloaders, navigation, sliders, loading effects, forms, galleries and lots of other web tricks that have solved the problems of thousands of web designers all over the world.

A website builder and expert since he discovered HTML by accident, when wanting to make a website for his band. As many, he had a lot of fun workin...

A website builder and expert since he discovered HTML by accident, when wanting to make a website for his band. As many, he had a lot of fun working on it, even when it was a bit confusing and frustrating at the beginning. Born in London in 1971, Keith describes himself as passionate about traveling and talking about tech and geeky subjects. The latter two are reflected in his books, which aim to approach common people to JavaScript, DOM, AJAX and HTML5. The first book is “DOM Scripting: Web Design with JavaScript and the Document Object Model”, a very comprehensive guide where he guides web designers instead of developers as he is committed to bringing these resources to neophytes. He caters those who are familiarized with the CSS standards and takes them to the next level, by teaching them how to improve and add fancy elements to web pages using said standards. His second book is “Bulletproof AJAX”; once again Jeremy’s target is the average front-end developer, who is not used to server-side programming. He teaches how to get started with AJAX in a more thorough way, a Bulletproof approach as he defines it. With this approach, the goal is building rich and specially strong applications by taking into account flexibility principles, inspired by Dan Cederholm’s book “Bulletproof Web Design”. Finally, let’s talk about “HTML5 for Web Designers”, a publication by A Book Apart. It embraces some principles of HTML5 such as design, semantics, elements, past and present of the fifth iteration the World Wide Web unifying language. It is written in a friendly language so anyone who has a bare idea about HTML will understand the concepts on HTML5 and its importance on today’s web. Jeremy has also participated in some articles for 24 Ways, where he has given some takes on several of the topics he has included in his books. DOM Scripting, Bulletproof Ajax and HTML5 for Web Designers. Three books by Jeremy Keith where he approaches basics of today’s web in a...

A native from Clarinda, Iowa, USA, Aarron is an evangelist for a more human Internet, sustained in usability. This experienced author is the UX Dir...

A native from Clarinda, Iowa, USA, Aarron is an evangelist for a more human Internet, sustained in usability. This experienced author is the UX Director at Mailchimp, one of the most famous and used Newsletter clients on the web. He has also written the guide “Designing for Emotion” for A Book Apart. Walter has developed a concept named findability, which consists of three goals: helping users find content in a website, help them find the topics they are looking for, and, finally, let them rediscover them later. In other words, findability aims to establish a better connection between content publishers and target audiences. “At the end, regardless of how much your audience broadens, if your content is bad, people are not going to stay.” - Aarron Walter to ABC, Spanish newspaper In “Designing for Emotion”, he shows how to create a human connection in design practice. He takes advantage of sophisticated concepts from psychology, examples and some common sense to explain these ideas in a clear way. A Book Apart’s Designing for Emotion, written by Aarron Walter, is an approach to a better connection between content publishers and audience, standing out the human nature behind all the process.

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