Time for another Month in Review! Our publishers are a busy bunch and we have lots of great posts and articles to share.
Before we dive in you may want to know we’re still booking ad placements for August. Space is very limited but we still have some room, get in touch with us if you’d like to book a campaign. We also have some spots left on our other 2 networks; Ad Packs and Yoggrt.
This is so true.
Everyday we learn new tips and tricks and it’s often the small details that make a huge difference. Apple understands this.
The more I read about this book the more I believe it’ll be a huge success. I personally cannot wait to get my hands on it. The great news is that you can actually pre-order it, and that, is cool.
This is a great article by David Sparks. I love how technology is changing how we handle things, even things as stressful and difficult as lawsuits and mediation. I’ve never really thought Apple’s Numbers app combined with the iPad could become such a useful tool in a settlement conference.
Technology to the rescue.
Jon Hicks has just released an updated version of his iOS Application Icon Template for Illustrator. Grab it now, it’s worth it – it includes Retina sizes for the iPad 3.
This article by Nate Croft is such a great one. Thought-provoking and eye-opening, that’s for sure. We often don’t realize that obstacles are usually there for a reason.
In this article Sacha talks about the different situations and problems we face when it comes to using responsive images on the web and mobile devices. It makes you realize that in order to work and show the correct images to every possible user there is a truck-load of things you need to keep in mind.
Ever wanted to learn how to use premailer as a command line script? This tutorial by Peter Bengtsson will show you how. Bookmarked.
Matt Alexander from one37 interviews another Fusion publisher, Shawn Blanc. There’s so many excellent tips, advice and insights in this interview, I think you’ll have to read it yourself :)
This is a short and to-the-point post by Mark Otto. I agree with absolutely everything there, especially the sentence that’s in bold.
Just a couple weeks ago Minimal Mac released their “What We Believe In” eBook. It features some of the best writing published on Minimal Mac over the past 3 years and is available now for $5. Well worth it if you ask me.
This is a great tutorial video from Joel Glovier on Method & Craft.
Tim shares some issues a lot of folks with DSLRs are facing. Who wants to lug around a bunch of lenses and a bulky camera body (along with everything else you may bring with you)?
Boom. Get a smaller pancake lens and call it a day – and most importantly, you can keep enjoying your DSLR.
Shawn shares with us 50 things he’s learned about publishing a weblog. This post is full of great insights and tricks for those of you into blogging (or I should say ‘writing’).
What an awesome idea. I love the whole ‘going paperless’ concept, and the example at the end of Fraser’s post shows that going 100% paperless is something that’s doable.
Is there a font-size ceiling? That’s a very good question that Trent asks in his recent post titled ‘Fluid Type’. this post is definitely one you’ll want to read, re-read and bookmark.
I’m sure a lot of independent publishers, writer, bloggers and even just any creative types will relate to this post.
I would be tempted to answer that question with a strong ‘yes’. I guess it depends on the project though.
If you’ve been an internet user for any number of years I’m sure this post will bring back some fond memories – maybe from the days Digg was still worth something.
If you’re an advertiser you may want to know we have limited availability in July on the Fusion Network — get in touch now to reserve a spot, they’re going fast! If you’d like to get a campaign started right away, there’s some room on our other 2 networks, Ad Packs and Yoggrt.
Justin Williams gives us some great tips on travelling and working abroad and doing so while staying connected and not wasting all your hard-earned cash on cell phone bills and data plans.
Covers are dead! Really, this essay by Craig Mod is a must read for designers — actually it’s a must read no matter your profession.
I think we can all agree that adaptive design has not failed. In this article Elliot explains why and offers a great rebuttal to Peter Yared’s (of CBS Interactive) article about the topic. It’s articles, arguments and conversations like this that help shape the web of today and of tomorrow.
Not only do I love these guys because of the humor they put into their posts and videos, but also because they give solid advice.
Great quick conversation/reply post regarding the back button placement in iOS. I’ll side with Lukas on this one — definitely makes you rethink how you design apps and also made me open some of my favorite apps to see how they’ve done it and if they went with the ‘best practice’ — most did.
The Home Screen posts on MacSparky are quite popular. Last week David had Fraser Speirs on board. Fraser shared his home screen and walked us through some of the apps he uses. It was great to see two Fusion publishers get together on this
Responsive Content is not a thing. It sure isn’t.
Matt Gemmell shares with us 25 rules of API design. A must bookmark for all of you developers out there.
This review of the new iPad Smart Case by Apple has to be the most honest and straight forward review I’ve read in a while. Thanks Andrew.
Here’s a great way to do it. This quick tutorial by Peter Bengtsson went straight to my bookmarks.
Well said, really well said!
I can’t wait for this to be released.
Sacha explains and shares some thoughts on why cheap customers might cost more in the end. Solid post.
What a detailed and in depth review. You. should. read. it. period.
Fraser Speirs shares some thoughts on the recent WWDC Announcements by Apple. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what the future holds.
When an article starts with the following it is bound to be a great article:
We’re all looking for the perfect code editor. There’s a ton of apps, softwares and tools out there, but most of them don’t really cut it. Visual Idiot’s Perfect Code Editor is the bomb, have a look for yourself and be amazed — this is future-proof.
Social sharing buttons have always been talked about and discussed online. Some people like them, some hate them (personally I’ve always been on the fence, 50/50). In this post James shares his own experience with sharing buttons .
My first Mac was a Powerbook G4 (back in 2001 or so) so I’ve never had the chance to actually see one of those old Macintosh Plus. But I’m sure this picture will and the post will bring back some fond memories of this little beast of a Mac.
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A lot has happened since our last Month In Review!
Also, we are currently booking ad placements for June – places are limited so if you if you’ve been wanting to advertise your product or service on Fusion Ads, now is the time. Make sure you get in touch →
Now let’s see what our publishers have been up to:
The first of Noah’s “How We Operate” series. There’s already some great advice in the first article, we’ll be keeping an eye out the the next one.
They say you learn something new everyday, right? Well that’s exactly what happened the other day when I read this quick OS X tip on the 47m blog.
A couple days ago David Sparks released his new book titled “The MacSparky Paperless Field Guide”. Get it now!
Could not have said it better:
More people should design for humans and keep the context in mind. If your work involves designing, and I mean designing anything, please read this article.
Excellent tutorial video about CSS masks by Aaron Bushnell on Method&Craft. Well worth watching.
I personally love reviews that don’t get too technical and instead focus on the actual experience and feel of a device. After all, real world reviews are often much more useful then jargon-filled reviews – this post is what I’m talking about.
A great article by Jonathan Christopher about contracts, proposals and work.
Portal, what a great game — and this article is a must-read.
A little over a month ago Sacha released an eBook title “Step by Step UI Design“. It was a very successful launch, and in this post Sacha now shares his experiences and things he learned from it.
Shawn Blanc shares some of the reasons his iPad is now is laptop (and his Macbook Air is now his desktop computer).
That says a lot about a company:
If you’re doing any of these, you’re doing it wrong. Great one from Visual Idiot, as usual.
That pretty much sums it up :)
It has been a couple weeks since our last ‘week in review’ post so it’s definitely time for a new one, only this time it’s a month in review instead. We’re a busy bunch here at Fusion.
We’re currently booking May placements — if you’re interested in advertising with us and want to get your product or service in front of (a lot) more eyeballs make sure you get in touch →
About a year ago Elliot blogged about his plans for a cloud-centric Mac setup. He did it and people wanted to know what’s under the hood — and it’s more than just DropBox!
As usual, another excellent article from the very talented Mark Boulton:
This is so true:
Great article by Jonathan Longnecker from 47m about keeping track of potential clients. Some excellent tips and advice in that post, especially for those living the freelance or the startup/design studio lifestyle.
Lukas Mathis puts the new iPad screen under the microscope. It’s great to see the comparison with other devices such as the Kindle Fire and Nintendo 3DS. Any self-respecting geek or Apple fan will enjoy this post.
In this tutorial video, Andy shows us how to use the “Layer Comps” feature in Photoshop to mimic the “States” feature in Adobe Fireworks. Handy.
What Chris Bowler said in his post really resonated with me, this part especially:
Some great inspiration on Trent Walton’s site — automotive inspiration that is.
If your current Mac/iPad setup has the requirements outlined in the post you could turn your iPad 3 into an external Retina display. Matt Gemmell walks us through setting this up – sweet!
Probably the best and most awesome jQuery plugin I’ve seen. I’ve never used it on a site and I don’t think I ever will, but it’s awesome and it does a bunch of awesome things — everything is better with Mr. T.
Shawn Blanc did a realign of his site design. It’s cleaner, easier to read and he now uses Proxima Nova (served via Typekit), which is always a great choice.
Andrew from Minimally Minimal writes about the awesome Paper app by FiftyThree and shows us some amazing sketches/drawings he did.
Great way of thinking if you ask me.
Stephen Hackett from 512 Pixels recently released his new book titled “Bartending: Memoirs of an Apple Genius.
Jonathan Christopher also released a book, it’s called “Proud to Debut: Client Oriented WordPress Development”
Two books worth checking out for sure.
Speaking of books, here are some quite impressive images on Wanken:
It seems we like to keep ourselves busy here at BuySellAds / FusionAds. Busy is good, right?
A couple of days ago we released our new BSAone mini-site. As a lot of you may know already, we run 2 other ‘one ad per page’ networks: Ad Packs and Yoggrt. And BSAone is simply a way for us to help better explain the differences and similarities of each network.
I’m all for saving time and make switching things around and tweaking the design and content of a website easier. This tutorial offers a great and simple solution for all of you out there looking to make their portfolio images nicer. A great idea and some simple CSS to the rescue.
Mark Otto suggests we stop the cascade and I agree.
Great opinion piece on idsgn about internships. I personally think any and all internships should be paid, but it’s definitely a touchy topic as you’ll see by reading the comments on the article. Must read.
I have to agree with Lukas as I’m in a very similar situation with my iPad. And some (most) of webOS’s features seem much more thought-out than similar ones you find on the iPad.
I like the sound of that. Check out Gridset here →
Here’s an excellent tutorial video by Phil Coffman on Method & Craft about optimizing textured images and artwork—lots of great tips there.
That’s how it should always be done. Period.
Huge congrats Shawn!
That’s a book I’ll be looking forward to reading. Congrats Mike on landing this deal. Let us know when it gets released!
It’s no secret that Apple has mastered the art of making all of us drool in anticipation when they announce new devices, gadgets or upgrades.
It’s been a couple of busy weeks for us here at FusionAds / BuySellAds — proof is in the fact we didn’t publish a weekly review post last week. But like I said, we’ve been busy.
Also, we are currently booking ad placements for March — so if you have a product or service you would like to get in front of the FusionAds audience, make sure you get in touch!
A couple of days ago Antonio Carusone launched a new photography blog called Millimetr. Definitely worth checking out if you’re into photography — it’s hard to believe some of those shots were taken with an iPhone.
We’ve all heard the story of iOS application Path uploading their user’s complete address book to their servers, right? Justin Williams wrote a great piece on the topic of security and user experience:
PatternTap got a redesign. It’s beautiful, it’s responsive and it’s even better than before! Check it out.
Mike shows us some great techniques on making rounded rectangles look great. Lots of great tips in there!
Mark Otto shared the slides of the Bootstrap 2 announcement at Twitter.
I’ve always felt that internships should be paid, but this posts definitely raises an interesting question: Are unpaid internships evil, or is education payment enough?
Jonathan Snook shares his experience writing the Smacss eBook. A must read if you’re thinking of writing your own eBook!
While sandboxing sounds like a great thing it might cause problems with some apps like text expansion tools that need to access your complete system in order to work:
Amen! Read this article. Period.
Matt Gemmell outlines some excellent tips, tricks and techniques that designers can use or do to help developers in their work. Make sure you read the follow-up post appropriately titled How Developers Can Help Designers.
I can definitely related to Sacha’s post here. Software as a Service is a great model, but it’s not the only model out there and some applications, products and services may actually benefit from a different model.
It’s always nice to see our publishers featured in popular and industry leading publications. Congrats Brian for being profiled in .Net!
I completely agree with Trent here — responsive web design isn’t bolt-on. It’s not something you can just add to a website or project. It takes careful planning, wireframing and brainstorming.
Another great article by Trent Walton.
The DPC was an incredibly powerful phone for the time. The battery alone is bigger and weighs more than an iPhone. Good old days!