Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Images

Jessica Tate, senior user experience designer at Portland’s ThinkShout gave a very good presentation at Devsigner entitled “Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Images”.

On the outside, images on the web seem simple: save an image, compress it, and upload it to a website. If only it were that easy. What file type do I use? What size compression (or k-weight) should I aim for? What way is the “proper” way to save an image for the web? Are there different rules for images in Drupal and WordPress? If you’ve asked yourself any one of these questions, then this is the perfect session for you.

We will begin by setting a baseline for image standards and the basics of images as applied to the web. We will explore guidelines and practical applications of saving images for web optimization, image file types, and what they are best used for from a technical perspective.

Here’s a link to her slide deck which is packed with great information.

Taking control of the Browser Security Model

This past weekend at the Devsigner Conference held in Portland, Oregon, Dylan Tack gave an excellent presentation entitled “Taking control of the Browser Security Model”:

Since the birth of the web, the browser security model has remained nearly static. Recent evolutions make it possible for site operators to fine-tune the security model, and enforce mandatory access controls. This session will focus on Content-Security-Policy, and other browser security features like Strict Transport Security and Public Key Pins.

47% of all web applications have a cross-site-scripting vulnerability, and this potential security flaw ranks in the top three classes of all vulnerabilities. [ White Hat Security, 2015 Website Security Statistics Report ]

A Content Security Policy is a systematic way to block these attacks, by whitelisting allowed sources of script, style, and other resources. The holy grail – blocking “unsafe-inline” code – offers the strongest defense, but can be a big surprise for front-end developers when inline scripts and styles stop working!

If you are developing for the web you need to take a look at his slide deck. If you have any questions, feel free to let let me know.

End of an Era: IdeaJam.net

After serving the IBM community for over 9 years, new idea submission, voting and commenting has been turned off on the http://ideajam.net site. The site will remain available in “read only” mode for the foreseeable future.

The site collected 4,581 ideas, 12,346 comments and 108,544 votes.

Getting Work To Work Podcast: Filling Your Journal

Chris Martin is a huge fan of notebooks and sketchbooks, both expensive and cheap. He loves the feeling of writing his thoughts down on paper. At any given point in time, he has at least 4-5 notebooks to write in. These are his journals. The map of his life. A friend recently asked him, “What do you put in your journal?”  In this episode, Chris shares what he puts into his journals, the fear of journals, and five ways you can begin filling your journal.

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9 Microsoft MTA’s Now Completed

Today I completed my ninth Microsoft Certified Technology Associate (MTA) exam. The test was the “Cloud Fundamentals (Exam 98-369). This exam focussed on the following:

  • Understand the cloud
  • Enable Microsoft cloud services
  • Administer Office 365 and Microsoft Intune
  • Use and configure Microsoft cloud services
  • Support cloud users

Here is a list of the MTA’s that I have completed:

  1. Microsoft Technology Associate: Cloud Fundamentals (June 1, 2016)
  2. Microsoft Technology Associate: Windows Server Administration Fundamentals (January 15, 2015)
  3. Microsoft Technology Associate: HTML5 Application Development Fundamentals, July 17, 2014
  4. Microsoft Technology Associate: Networking Fundamentals, June 18, 2014
  5. Microsoft Technology Associate: Security Fundamentals, June 11, 2014
  6. Microsoft Technology Associate: Database Administration Fundamentals, June 09, 2014
  7. Microsoft Technology Associate: Web Development Fundamentals, June 09, 2014
  8. Microsoft Technology Associate: Windows Operating System Fundamentals, June 04, 2014
  9. Microsoft Technology Associate: Software Development Fundamentals, February 25, 2014

What Were You Born To Do?

Every week Chris Martin starts his podcast with the same description: “…overcoming the barriers that prevent them from doing the work they were born to do.” In this episode Chris talks about the importance of finding the work you were born to do, the importance of doing work that impacts others, and six ways you can reveal the work you were born to do.

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Use What You Have

Have you ever noticed when someone shares something amazing, people always want to know what they used to create it? Photographers get asked what lens they used, illustrators get asked about brushes, painters get asked about brands of paint. In this week’s episode of Getting Work To Work, Chris Martin talks about the value of using what you have today to create your work. Not what you wish you had or what you might have in the future, what you have today.

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Road Runner Rules: More what you’d call Guidelines for Design Systems

Wouldn’t it be great if we could spend less time trying to style the markup we’ve been handed, and more time creating a system of smart, reusable design components?

Well, we’re in luck. With the increased popularity of pattern libraries and the Twig powered flexibility we’ll be seeing in Drupal 8, we finally have the tools to create and deploy our own design systems.

But what is a design system, and how do we create them? What rules should it follow? How do I get my team on board?

 

You Want Me To Fail?

In this week’s episode of Getting Work To Work, Chris Martin talk about failure and share five ways to change the way you think about failure. Every week it seems there is a new blog post for creative professionals espousing the value of failing, but to a lot of people, failure is a negative experience and something to avoid at all cost. Is there a better way to think about failure?

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