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  1. Web Development Reading List #142: Contextual Identities, Form Hints, And ApplePay.js

      

    Today will be a day in history regardless of what happens over the next weeks. The majority of people in the UK voted to leave the EU, and this made clear once again that many people in our society think the current situation is no longer acceptable. Unfortunately, we think blaming those people is the solution, but, as we see, it isn’t. Instead, we should focus on teaching people about the root causes of problems, and we should retain from posting everything right away.

    In other news, I’m back from vacation to bring you new articles to read. And I realized one thing: While mountaineering holds real risks and dangers, working on websites mostly does not. Of course, the security of our websites should be a top priority, but even if we fail, if a website is down for a few minutes, if we screwed up the layout on some devices, you won’t be dead. We have the opportunity to improve our work by making mistakes and fixing them.

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  2. Freebie: Months And Seasons Set (12 Vector Illustrations, PNG, SVG, EPS, AI)

      

    Time goes by fast, so today we'd like to share a colorful freebie to remind ourselves to appreciate each and every month of the year. Have you stopped to smell the pink blooming trees in March, or pluck plenty of fruits in the generous month of August, or enjoy the falling colorful leaves in rainy November?

    Every month of the year comes loaded with unique energy, so that it can give us inspiration and ideas, and then leave so many special memories behind. This background collection, dedicated to the charm and uniqueness of the twelve months of the year and its seasons, is available in PNG, SVG, AI and EPS and is all set to energize any project it becomes a part of.

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  3. The DAU Of Hip-Hop: Designing For Authenticity (A Case Study)

      

    In the tech industry, many of us came of age during hip-hop's rise as a dominant art form. Its spirit of individualism, bravado, and constant reinvention makes it impossible for us not to admire. Our thought leaders craft mixtapes and pour millions of dollars into apps that decode rap lyrics.

    The founders of my former company rapped to celebrate every corporate milestone. We’re compelled to quantify what we love about it, and to somehow technologize it the same way Instagram did photography. Many have tried, myself included, but capturing hip-hop’s alluring qualities in an app is no simple task.

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  4. How To Harness The Machines: Being Productive With Task Runners

      

    Task runners are the heroes (or villains, depending on your point of view) that quietly toil behind most web and mobile applications. Task runners provide value through the automation of numerous development tasks such as concatenating files, spinning up development servers and compiling code.

    In this article, we’ll cover Grunt, Gulp, Webpack and npm scripts. We’ll also provide some examples of each one to get you started. Near the end, I’ll throw out some easy wins and tips for integrating ideas from this post into your application.

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  5. Improving UX For Color-Blind Users

      

    According to Colour Blind Awareness 4.5% of the population are color-blind. If your audience is mostly male this increases to 8%. Designing for color-blind people can be easily forgotten because most designers aren't color-blind. In this article I provide 13 tips to improve the experience for color-blind people – something which can often benefit people with normal vision too.

    There are many types of color blindness but it comes down to not seeing color clearly, getting colors mixed up, or not being able to differentiate between certain colors.

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