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08
Nov

Expanding user protections on the web

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One of the advantages of the web is that it allows developers to create any type of experience they can imagine, which has led to the rich diversity of content available on the web today. While most content producers are interested in providing excellent experiences for their users, we’ve found that a small number use the flexibility and power of the web to take advantage of users and redirect them to unintended destinations. 1 out of every 5 feedback reports from Chrome users on desktop mention encountering some type of […]

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27
Oct

Chrome 63 Beta: Dynamic module imports, async iterators and generators, Device Memory API, and permissions UI changes

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Unless otherwise noted, changes described below apply to the newest Chrome Beta channel release for Android, Chrome OS, Linux, Mac, and Windows. Dynamic module imports Currently, importing JavaScript modules is completely static, and developers cannot import modules based on runtime conditions, like whether a user is logged in. Starting in this release, the import(specifier) syntax now allows developers to dynamically load code into modules and scripts at runtime. This  can be used for lazy loading a script only when it’s needed, which improves performance of the application. button.addEventListener(‘click’, event => […]

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23
Oct

Introducing the Chrome User Experience Report

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Chrome was founded to push the web forward, and a key part of that is enabling developers to improve their user experience. Although current tools allow developers to understand how real-world users experience their own sites, they have never provided insight into comparisons with other sites or macro user experience trends across the web. Following similar efforts like the HTTPS Transparency Report, today we’re making the Chrome User Experience Report available to encourage performance and user experience improvements across the web. The report is a public dataset of key user […]

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23
Oct

Grow plants in Houdini

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Houdini's strong point has always been its procedural nature. With a few nodes and a small set of expressions, you can create complex and naturalistic results – models and scenes that would take forever to create in traditional ways. For a long time Houdini has been the backbone of many large-scale productions in the visual effects industry. However, because of its procedural approach, it's often claimed to be too difficult to learn.  While this might have been true a few years back, things have changed. With more accessible licensing schemes […]

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23
Oct

Use this trick to get free premium stock images

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African woman laughing, by peeterv. Now available for purchase, this image was available for free in the week starting July 17 Looking for free images to use in your designs, without having to pay a single penny in royalties? Then you might be surprised to know that there’s a perfectly legal way to get free photographs, illustrations and videos from leading stock library iStock by Getty Images. iStock by Getty Images is so proud of the high quality photography, illustrations and videos on its site that it regularly gives files […]

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22
Oct

8 3D web projects to inspire you

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WebGL is a permanent part of internet as we know it, WebVR is settling in and WebAR is taking its first steps. Not only has the technology became more advanced, but the tools have become simpler and more accessible for developers and designers. Thinking of dipping your toe in? Here are eight amazing 3D web demos by digital artist Marpi that will inspire you to get started. 01. Mass Migrations Mass Migrations is a fully generative environment Mass Migrations on GitHub A fully generative environment, filled with heavily anime-inspired mecha-like […]

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21
Oct

7 insane tech sneaks from Adobe Max 2017

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One highlight from Adobe Max 2017 was the event’s Sneaks session. Here, attendees have a unique opportunity to preview radical innovations from the company’s research teams that might – or might not – make it into the products.  Get Adobe Creative Cloud We already showed you Project Lincoln, a new set of data-driven drawing tools that enable designers to make stunning infographics, graphs and charts without having to resort to templates or coding. Instead of using data as the starting point for an infographic, users start with the creative design […]

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21
Oct

The Freelance Rates Calculator uncovered

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Cole Henley is probably best known for his Freelance Rates Calculator. You may also know him as technical director for award-winning web design agency Mud, which he co-founded with Matt Powell in 2013.  Although he studied archaeology at university, he'd always been interested in the possibilities of the web. “Rather than having this linear narrative, it meant the reader could explore different kinds of stories, ” he enthuses. “This really inspired me.” So he taught himself web design and worked on a number of self-initiated projects, including a social network […]

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20
Oct

New tool gives designers data visualisation super powers

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Currently, there are three ways to design a great-looking chart. One: draw it from scratch using a program like Illustrator. Two: use a template tool. Three: learn how to code.  A new data visualisation tool code-named Lincoln is set to change all that – if it gains approval. Previewed at Adobe Max 2017, the tool flips the typical creative process for designing a chart or infographic on its head.  Rather than using data as the starting point to dictate the design, Lincoln puts the creative stage first, letting users craft […]

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20
Oct

Famous artworks ruined with design by committee

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You've been working for weeks or months on a winning piece of graphic design – a great poster, logo or album cover, perhaps. You've thought it over carefully, deploying every skill you learnt while studying and working as a designer. After long consideration, the project's done and you submit it to the client.  You look forward to their reaction, but then you hear the message that every professional designer dreads: "I've got a few suggestions to make…" The phrase 'design by committee', where lots of people chip in on an […]

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