CSS Grid Is Here

Eric Meyer, writing for A List Apart:

It’s been decades since CSS first emerged, but it’s never contained a system anything like this. And Grid is already supported in both Chrome and Firefox, with Safari coming soon (its Technology Preview releases support Grid as of this writing). A new era in digital design is dawning right now.

So awesome. I haven’t been this excited to try something since reading Ethan Marcotte’s seminal “Responsive Web Design.”

Mar. 27, 2017 design webdev


Jonathan Harris:

Cowbird is a simple tool for telling stories, and a public library of human experience.

We are a small community of storytellers, interested in telling deeper, longer-lasting, more nourishing stories than you’re likely to find anywhere else on the Web.

His latest project — lovely, as always — and one I’m totally entranced by.

Update: I’m in! So thrilled. This is just the kind of storytelling I love most. I’d be honored if you followed along.

Dec. 8, 2011 community journalism storytelling

Justin Williams on iPad Magazines

A great critique. Catch his earlier takedown, on “the actual process of procuring issues of a magazine,” too.

Dec. 8, 2011 apple ipad publishing

24 Ways

It’s that time of year again:

24 ways is the advent calendar for web geeks. Each day throughout December we publish a daily dose of web design and development goodness to bring you all a little Christmas cheer.

Dec. 2, 2011 design webdev

Getting Started with Sass

A primer by David Demaree on Sass, “an extension of CSS3.” A great way to save time and your sanity when working with large stylesheets.

Dec. 1, 2011 css webdev

The Holy Grail

Roger Black on web advertising:

What we have now is the ugliest advertising in the history of the media. I used to say that web sites looked like the walls of a third-world futbol stadium, but that was unfair to the stadiums. Most content sites look so bad they actually repel readers rather than attract them.

Dec. 1, 2011 advertising design journalism publishing webdev

“The craziest thing you’ll ever see on the web”


Nov. 23, 2011 videos whoa

The Elements of Content Strategy

Next up on the reading list. Based on the sample chapter, Kissane’s thinking seems to jive with my own. Should be a great read.

Nov. 23, 2011 books publishing webdev writing

Contents Magazine

Contents is a new magazine at the intersection of content strategy, online publishing, and new-school editorial work.

Nov. 22, 2011 publishing webdev writing

Shoeless Joe

An old essay by me. On loss, a road trip west and Shoeless Joe.

Hard to believe they’ve been gone almost two years already. I miss ‘em.

Nov. 22, 2011 baseball books slicedlife sports

David Cole’s Personal Canon

Some great writing on creativity, design and the web.

Nov. 21, 2011 creativity design ideas webdev

Lost and Found

The latest at the Chronicle. This one was a lot of fun to design. The animation is all CSS, and the whole page is responsive.

Sep. 16, 2011 baseball css design storytelling webdev


Working with Mark Bernstein and Nick Cizek, I co-produced a radio story for Chicago Public Radio about shipwrecks in the Great Lakes and the people who search for them. We had a great time putting the story together, and Nick did an awesome job with the narration.


Jul. 15, 2011 radio


Lovely site for saving and sharing images. I got lucky and received an early invite, but it’s now open for everyone. Definitely worth checking out.

May. 26, 2011 photography socialmedia



Bill Simmons, in association with ESPN, announced the first wave of writer and editor hires for, the much anticipated sports and pop culture web site. … With Simmons as editor-in-chief, is scheduled to launch in June with a mix of original columns, long-form features, blog posts, and podcasts.

Looking forward to it.

Apr. 29, 2011 journalism sports


New Kindle Singles-like publishing house, launching with an investigative piece by Jon Krakauer. Looks great.

Apr. 19, 2011 ebooks journalism publishing

Bethlehem Shoals on Derrick Rose

I have to be careful what I say about Derrick Rose. My opinions on him are heterodox, stubborn, and probably relevant to no one but myself. Basketball is sometimes best kept to one’s self, like shit you tell your therapist or your cat. However, today something dawned on me: How much of the Rose-for-MVP narrative is about him being the anti-LeBron?

Also of note: farewell, Free Darko.

Apr. 11, 2011 basketball bulls sports

The Baseball Theory of Life

Chris Jones:

Back in my besotted days, I came up with something I called The Baseball Theory of Life. […] I was young enough back then to think there was something fresh in employing sports as a metaphor for the rest of our existence. Now, I’m a little embarrassed by it, but I also like to think, on this rekindling night, that there was something to it.

Another great post.

Mar. 31, 2011 baseball inspiration sports

Craig Mod: The Nourishing Wake

Powerful writing after a week in Tokyo:

Most of the past week came at best in fits and starts. I looked down. My hands were shaking but the ground wasn’t. It was a reversal I could live with.

Mar. 21, 2011 japan perspective

Instapaper 3.0

I am without an iOS device, but the new sharing features accessible via the web are really well done.

Mar. 17, 2011 instapaper socialmedia

'The Chicago Code' on the Ropes

I hope it survives, and not just because it was filmed in the city and one of the main characters is a Cubs fan who graduated from Northwestern. “Code” really is great, and the Chicago touches endear it to me even more.

Mar. 17, 2011 chicago television

Endnotes: David Foster Wallace

Good BBC Radio feature on DFW. A nice companion, along with Infinite Summer, as I continue to wade through Infinite Jest.

Feb. 23, 2011 books davidfosterwallace


Now more than a bookmarklet:

Here’s how it works: every time you use Readability on a particular article, a portion of your subscription fees go right to the content creators. You get a fantastic reading experience. Publishers and writers get compensated for the content you enjoy. Everyone reads happily ever after.

Feb. 1, 2011 design publishing webdev


Mandy Brown on digital permanence.

Jan. 17, 2011 perspective publishing webdev

Today You, Tomorrow Me

A nominee for Reddit’s best comment of 2010:

Just about every time I see someone I stop. I kind of got out of the habit in the last couple of years, moved to a big city and all that, my girlfriend wasn’t too stoked on the practice. Then some shit happened to me that changed me and I am back to offering rides habitually. If you would indulge me, it is long story and has almost nothing to do with hitch hiking other than happening on a road.

Read the whole thing; it’s a wonderful story. Let’s all just be nice to one another, OK?

Jan. 14, 2011 inspiration


Craig Mod:

Bibliotype is a (very) simple HTML, CSS and JS based library for rapid prototyping long-form typography and reading on tablets.

Launched in conjunction with his thoughtful A List Apart article.

Jan. 11, 2011 design ebooks publishing webdev

The Web Is a Customer Service Medium

Paul Ford:

I sometimes chat with people in the book- and magazine-publishing industries. They complain to me about the web. They worry about what is being lost. […]

The web, they are a little proud to admit, confuses them. They say: “We gave away all those short stories on our website but it sold no books.” Or: “We built a promo site for our famous author who does the crime novels and it was just a total boondoggle with no traffic.” Or: “The magazine can’t get enough pageviews, even after we hired the famous blogger. Now management wants to make people pay for access.”

“Look,” I say, “maybe you’re doing it wrong.”

“But,” they say, “we tweet.”

That’s when I tell them about the fundamental question of the web.

Jan. 6, 2011 community publishing webdev

Chris Ballard on Pop-A-Shot


I have witnessed some unlikely sights in my day, but this was surreal. There on TV was Kobe Bryant, perhaps the most competitive man alive, losing a shooting contest. Not just losing, either, but getting his ass kicked. By a short, bald, middle-aged busboy.

Jan. 5, 2011 basketball sports


Thibaut Sailly:

This article is for the curious among you as it details the ideas and choices gone into the conception and the process used to get Bureau on its feet, back in september.

Great piece on some great design work.

Dec. 15, 2010 design webdev

Ellen Sirot, Hand Supermodel

That is one creepy lady.

Exhibit two.

Dec. 8, 2010 videos

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