Got to keep up with the web. Here is a collection of pages I've bookmarked.
3D graphics in 2D Canvas
While there has been a reasonable amount of work done on a 3D context for Canvas by Vladimir for Mozilla and the Opera team, this is an awesome library to get 3D support in 2D context.
The transformation of browsers
Dion has a very though provoking post up about the direction browsers appear to be taking. It is not web-pages which are the future for the web...
Video game graphics
A little bit of graphical inspiration for you. If you grew up in the days of NES (or earlier) these graphics will make your jaw drop. Lovely even by todays standards.
Safari 4 beta
Apple have just released Safari 4 beta - including goodies such as SFX, passing Acid 3 (so at least some sort of SMIL support) and an updated interface. Nice update.
Aristo and Atlas
Some superb work coming from the Cappuccino team - this time looking to create something along the lines of Interface Builder for the web. Very impressive demo.
Windows to ship with multiple browsers
The EU appear to have decided on the out come of the case brought by Opera (later joined by Mozilla) - Windows will ship with multiple browsers. As long as it is not Firefox 1.0...
Life is not a closed book exam - cheat-sheets such as this excellent Canvas one can make life so much simpler.
One big new feature in Firefox 3.1 is "web workers" (or threads for people who uses any other programming language). It will be interesting to see what developers do with this - background processing with messaging between threads.
Designing the correct way around
If you take nothing else from this article, just look at the four pictures and consume them. Print them. Do whatever you want - they are golden.
Common usability issues
Smashing Magazine has a nice breakdown of a number of common usability errors that designers can make on a web-site.
Are you an expert?
Experts do not sit around and tell people what to do - they ask more and more questions to fill gaps in their own knowledge. We all have gaps in our knowledge, so in that regard we are all amateurs.
Innovation is not a noun
Innovation is derived from how, why or what is made - not a VP saying "we need a break through innovation" (which is complete rubbish). Great article.
This is a nice article detailing how to use inline-block cross platform. Mozilla caught up with Firefox 3, but there are still cross platform niggles. This is an exceptionally useful CSS method, which should be very easy to use...
A number of sites have now declared war on IE6, displaying a large banner suggesting that the end user upgrade if they want a better online experience. They have a point...
Not UI related, but an astounding catch on the ropes by Adam Voges, helping the Auzzies to a one run win over New Zealand. Magic.
Your brand is everything
Poor communication can absolutely destroy your brand, as shown in this excellent article. Key point to make here is: always be professional.
Directions in UI interaction
Where is the UI interaction world heading in the near future? If you want something which is genuinely innovative, look towards how humans communicate with computers. And certainly have a look at this.
Color Scheme Designer
Beautiful colour mixer and scheme designer by Petr Stanicek. Just what I (and I am sure many other designers and developers) have been crying out for - awesome work.
Bespin from Mozilla
Ben and Dion have been working seriously hard recently to create Bespin - an advanced web-based text editor. This opens a lot of very interesting questions, with one being the desktop/web-based application split. Congratulations on the launch!
Our first look at Google Chrome running successfully on a Mac - the brower wars are coming back to the Mac...
Odeon have announced that they are going to roll out 3D projection to 30 cinemas in the UK. This is a significant step towards 3D no longer being treated as a novelty.
Mozilla gets into the fray
It would appear that Mozilla are getting involved with the EU/Opera anti-trust case against Microsoft. This can only be a good thing - the solution would seem to be non-trivial
Can you afford cheap?
Andy Budd has a very good point about the "true" cost of a cheap product. Basically it all comes down to "you pay for what you get". That is how it goes.
Changing the game
Everyone else is giving up, the news is full of doom and gloom, and cash is running short. What is missing? Creativity. This will change the game.
Do not work for assholes
So you are just starting out and this horrible guy offers you a gig. You know it is going to suck but you want the work. What do you do? Read this...
Ouch. There are not to many other ways of describing this interface (in a family friendly manner) - O2 seem to keep trotting out very poor designs.
Inspiration - Street photos
Here is a wonderful collection of street photography in stunning HDR. Some of these photos are absolutely outstanding.
Windows 7 or KDE 4?
Present a load of people with the shiny new KDE 4.2 and see what they think - they love it (although more to the point - they hate Vista).
CSS animations land
Webkit nightly now include CSS animation, which is a significant step forward for their proposed spec and implementation. It is an interesting approach, although is it the right place to do this kind of thing. SMIL?
Opera is getting in on the act with their new Carakan engine (a significant improvement over Futhark it would appear), V8 is revving up, and Webkit / Mozilla are cracking on with their next gen engines. Awesome stuff.