Managing Typography on Large Apps | CSS Wizardry

Harry Roberts:

I’ve written before about managing typographical styles across larger projects, but an issue that I still see clients continually coming up against is that of specifically managing their headings across larger and more complex apps.

The problem stems from the styling of the default h1 through h6 elements, and how this hierarchy seldom carries through the actual design and build of app-like UIs. The h1h6 pattern pretty nicely mirrors traditional print documents—where we are much more likely to have more newspaper-style heading structures both semantically and visually—however, where more app-like UIs definitely do have the semantic need for h1h6, they rarely need quite the same visual hierarchy.

This is one of those things that makes so much sense after reading. Why didn’t I think of this sooner? Of course we shouldn’t style headings in apps the same way we do on blogs!

Expressive Type for Copy Blocks | Cognition

Mark Huot tells the story of overriding poorly written defaults:

When overriding everything we find ourselves writing markup such as .product-meta p or, worse yet, .product-meta p, .product-meta ul, .product-meta ol, .product-meta omg…. This is all so that we can take our system defaults and tailor them to this very specific implementation. The downside here is that our overrides are only as generic as we allow them to be. If we forget to put blockquote in our list of overrides then you can forget about using a blockquote in your .product-meta element. This is less than ideal and inevitably causes 11th-hour “fixes” to support additional markup patterns you maybe didn’t consider during design and/or development.

Alfred Version 3

From the Alfred blog:

This week, Alfred celebrates his 6th birthday. While eating birthday cake is always exciting, it’s with even greater excitement that we can finally announce that Alfred version 3 is on the way, and we have a great deal for everyone!

The new features and improvements are shaping up beautifully; Vastly more flexible workflows, significantly improved clipboard history and snippets, and a fully overhauled theme editor, amongst the many changes you’ll see.

I love Alfred, and am happy to see a great new version coming out soon. I might even write a review.

An Interview with Una Kravets | CSS-Tricks

Una Kravets:

…a lot of time people hear these new terms in the dev world and they get kind of worried because the more people are talking about them the more it seems like everybody is using them and you’re just behind. But really, people are just talking about new things because they’re new. Making that distinction is kind of freeing because you realize that it’s okay to not have all the answers immediately and take a second to understand why people are using something instead of jumping in because it’s “the new hotness.”

Just one of the gems from this interview. I recommend it.

Spark Launches on iPad | MacStories

Federico Viticci:

With all the email clients we’ve seen launch to great promise and eventually be abandoned for something else, it’s difficult to make the case that Spark will be around for years to come when the business aspect is still up in the air. While companies like Microsoft and Google release their email client for free to get users into their ecosystems, Readdle doesn’t have an ecosystem of web services to lock users into, and yet everything is still available for free, for everyone.

A compelling reason not to use Spark. Quality apps that stick around are funded by loyal customers or big companies that justify the expense. When an app doesn’t have either, why fall in love only to be heartbroken?

The 10 Most Popular Web Fonts of 2015 (And Fonts You Should Consider Using Instead) | Typewolf

Jeremiah Shoaf:

Welcome to the third annual edition of the ten most popular web fonts of the year as featured on Typewolf. Based on font usage data from 365 websites featured over 2015, these are the ten fonts that were used the most often…

While reviewing the data for this year, I noticed something a little disconcerting: this year’s top ten list is almost identical to the top ten list from 2014. Other than swapping out Franklin Gothic with Brown, these are exactly the same ten fonts that were featured the most on Typewolf last year.

Feels like we’re taking the easy way out with all these geometric, sans-serif typefaces, peeps.

Reeling Rockets Reportedly Looking to Deal Howard |

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After another listless, desultory effort in a loss at Portland that sent them staggering into the All-Star break with a record below .500 and out of the Western Conference playoff seedings, interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said his team was “broken.”

So the response might be to break the Rockets up completely.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports is reporting that general manager Daryl Morey is reaching out around the league about trading center Dwight Howard.

Here’s a story I saw back in Mexico, and couldn’t write about it. The trade deadline came and went; no deal. And I mean, c’mon, who would take it? Howard had made it clear that he was going to opt out of the final year of his contract. No team was going to send some quality players and maybe some picks for a few months with him.

Come June, Dwight will leave yet another team, only solidifying the fact that he is the problem. With age, injuries, and a skill set that leaves a lot to be desired, we’ll see what city will get to complain about him next.