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Aaron Gustafson
Re: A Grand Experiment Aaron Gustafson - http://aaron-gustafson.com/noteboo...
":-) I have a folder of PNGs of the content rolling in. They are full-page screenshots, so I am not sure the best way to show that… yet. Will look to do it when the project is done." - Aaron Gustafson
Aaron Gustafson
"I should be up in Philly either next week or in mid-June. Let’s grab a drink." - Aaron Gustafson
Aaron Gustafson
Re: Badass Entrepreneurial Women in Chattanooga - http://southernalpha.com/women-e...
"I’d also like to nominate Elizabeth Wells. She’s got fingers in so many entrepreneurial pies it’s insane. She’s always on the go, making connections, and is insanely driven to make Chattanooga amazing. Among (many) other things, she sits on the UnFoundation. Not only is Elizabeth badass, she is (as the Brits would say) shamazebawls! Plus her energy is amazing and her enthusiasm is infectious." - Aaron Gustafson
Aaron Gustafson
Re: Badass Entrepreneurial Women in Chattanooga - http://southernalpha.com/women-e...
"Full disclosure: she is my wife & business partner, so I know just how badass she is." - Aaron Gustafson
Aaron Gustafson
Re: Badass Entrepreneurial Women in Chattanooga - http://southernalpha.com/women-e...
"Kelly McCarthy (@ShirleyTemper) runs two successful businesses: an internationally recognized web development consultancy, Easy Designs, and an award-winning technical publisher, Easy Readers. She also started Hackanooga, runs the Retreats 4 Geeks training series, and started the Code & Creativity talk series here in Chattanooga this August. Never one to take a break, she’s starting company #3 in 2014 to build a super-secret, but much-needed web productivity & collaboration tool." - Aaron Gustafson
Aaron Gustafson
Re: Progressive Enhancement: It’s About the Content - Cognition: The blog of web design & development firm Happy Cog - http://cognition.happycog.com/article...
"Well said!" - Aaron Gustafson
Aaron Gustafson
"We relocated to Chattanooga from New Haven, CT in 2008 and have not regretted it one bit. Our friends up north called us crazy, but we were feeling adventurous. We loved New Haven, but we saw the small town we lived in (Hamden) making some really bad decisions. Chattanooga, on the other hand, appeared to be a city on the upswing. From reclaiming brown fields to renovating its run-down schools to the number of LEED and EarthCraft certified buildings being constructed… it just seemed like a dream come true to us. Plus it’s beautiful. While it has not been without it’s bumps, I think Chattanooga is on a good path and is shaping up to be a really awesome city. I’m thrilled to call it home. Oh, and I run a tech company, which I relocated here when we moved. It was before “the Gig” came on-line, but that has been a nice perk. And the tech community here is only getting better." - Aaron Gustafson
Aaron Gustafson
Re: Data URI Performance: Don't Blame it on Base64 - http://www.mobify.com/blog...
"Definitely interested in replies to these questions and in your tests vs. spriting." - Aaron Gustafson
Aaron Gustafson
Re: Why responsive design is driving mobile development tools - http://venturebeat.com/2013...
"Please don’t make that assumption. Just because a device can display a high-res image does not mean it’s in the best interest of the user to display that image. Consider that the user might be on a metered network where every bit they download costs them real money. Also, consider that they may be on a slow (or transitioning) network and the extra page weight will make the page load slower and they may go elsewhere. We need to look beyond capability and concentrate on providing the best possible experience for our users." - Aaron Gustafson
Aaron Gustafson
Re: The Ultimate Responsive Web Design Beginners Resource List - http://www.targetlocal.co.uk/respons...
"This is a great resource list. Thanks for the shout-out on my book. Just one quick correction: “Easy Readers” is not part of the title, it’s the publishing house ;-)" - Aaron Gustafson
Aaron Gustafson
Re: How to get more followers - http://boagworld.com/marketi...
"I could not agree more. In fact that was the precise advice I gave .net readers last July: offer a value proposition http://netmagazine.com/feature..." - Aaron Gustafson
Aaron Gustafson
"It was a pleasure being on the show. Let’s do it again some time!" - Aaron Gustafson
Aaron Gustafson
Re: Social Sharing Buttons That Respect Your Visitors’ Privacy - http://www.webmonkey.com/2013...
"Or you could forego JavaScript altogether like we did: http://blog.easy-designs.net/a..." - Aaron Gustafson
Aaron Gustafson
Re: Setting a performance budget - TimKadlec.com - http://timkadlec.com/2013...
"Amen!" - Aaron Gustafson
Aaron Gustafson
Re: Using   to Combat Widows - http://www.thenerdary.net/post...
"The Typogrify plugin for EE will do this automatically (as well as some other goodies). I ported it to EE2: https://github.com/easy-design..." - Aaron Gustafson
Aaron Gustafson
"Congrats! Looks like a fun product." - Aaron Gustafson
Aaron Gustafson
Aaron Gustafson
Re: Tre concetti dal libro Adaptive Web Design - http://blog.redturtle.it/redturt...
"Thank you for the review. I’m not sure Google Translate did your authorship justice, but from what I gathered, you liked the book. Thanks for helping spread the word!" - Aaron Gustafson
Aaron Gustafson
Re: EMBARGO till 8PM ET 6/13/2012: Building The Next Internet - http://www.fastcompany.com/node...
"This is really great stuff and I’m excited by the fact that Chattanooga, TN—already home to some of the fastest fiber optic networks in the U.S.—is part of the GENI network. This Fall we will be running a hackathon in partnership with Mozilla and US Ignite to explore the opportunities presented by super high speed access and examine how it can enhance community services, energy efficiency, and the other areas you mentioned." - Aaron Gustafson
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Re: Putting media queries in their place - http://boagworld.com/tumblog...
"Yeah, like Stephanie, we usually split the design up into major and minor breakpoints, using the linked stylesheets in the head for major breakpoints and  media blocks in said stylesheets for minor breakpoints. All breakpoints are typically assigned in a mobile first pattern starting with no media query and moving up the scale using min-width tracked to the font size (which takes care of Android’s pesky zoom states). Occasionally, we might sequester a small set of styles within a range of sizes by adding in a max-width query too, but it’s rare, Combined with SASS, which will compress your CSS and merge styles nested in identical @media blocks), this has resulted in smaller CSS files, fewer HTTP requests, and a smaller overall footprint on smaller/less-capable devices. It’s a win all around." - Aaron Gustafson
Aaron Gustafson
Re: Content Strategy and Responsive Design - http://blog.braintraffic.com/2012...
"Content is definitely a tricky thing to manage when it comes to crafting adaptive experiences, but it’s all about prioritization. Blogs are easy—I wrote about flipping the Easy Designs blog on its head a few months back (http://blog.easy-designs.net/a... sites are a bit more complicated. Over the years, I’ve become a big believer in a mobile first approach where you begin with the critical content needed to understand and complete necessary tasks and then build up from there. That approach fits in neatly with progressive enhancement and also gets you huge accessibility wins right out of the gate." - Aaron Gustafson
Aaron Gustafson
Re: JavaScript: The Elephant in the Room of Progressive Enhancement | Sparkbox - http://seesparkbox.com/foundry...
"Awesome! Have you written anything about your process for doing this?" - Aaron Gustafson
Aaron Gustafson
Re: JavaScript: The Elephant in the Room of Progressive Enhancement | Sparkbox - http://seesparkbox.com/foundry...
"I have not dug into the particulars of the setup, but Ben & Dion (of FunctionSource) mentioned (in their Future of Web Design talk earlier this year) that they are using the same JS on the server side as on the client and the decision as to which avenue the server goes down is made when the user first hits the site. I’d love a detailed write-up from them at some point as to how they did it and where the decision points are in terms of how to handle the client." - Aaron Gustafson
Aaron Gustafson
Re: JavaScript: The Elephant in the Room of Progressive Enhancement | Sparkbox - http://seesparkbox.com/foundry...
"Oh, and I forgot to mention that I think the idea of using Node.js in conjunction with front-end JS is a really interesting idea and offers a very appealing solution: No JS on the client? Run it on the server." - Aaron Gustafson
Aaron Gustafson
Re: JavaScript: The Elephant in the Room of Progressive Enhancement | Sparkbox - http://seesparkbox.com/foundry...
"As a major proponent of both Progressive Enhancement and JavaScript, I think the answer to your question is _it depends_. I would wager that 80-90% of the websites out there are completely capable of using JavaScript in a progressively enhanced way to accomplish their goals. These are the sites for which JavaScript simply provides an enhanced experience by means of widgets and other UI niceties. As for the other 10-20% of sites out there are likely web applications (a la GMail, Basecamp, etc.). While a certain percentage of these apps certainly *could* be built progressively, from a practical business standpoint, that may not be tenable. My feeling for these sites/apps is that if they require some form of sign-up to use them, they can require a bit more of their users in terms of browser and technology support (provided they are upfront about it). What I don’t like to see is general-use websites (brochure-ware sites especially, but also critical "apps" like online banking) that..." - Aaron Gustafson
Aaron Gustafson
"I hadn't really thought of that as a use case, but I can see how it'd be valuable. I'll consider adding it in. Unless I'm missing something in the source, it doesn't appear that SmartStorage actually supports older IE versions using userData (which works back to IE5.5). It's pretty trivial to establish parity between the two and provide a unified wrapper." - Aaron Gustafson
Aaron Gustafson
"I hadn't really thought of that as a use case, but I can see how it'd be valuable. I'll consider adding it in. Unless I'm missing something in the source, it doesn't appear that SmartStorage actually supports older IE versions using userData (which works back to IE5.5). It's pretty trivial to establish parity between the two and provide a unified wrapper." - Aaron Gustafson
Aaron Gustafson
"Did you guys take a look at Squirrel.js at all? I'd love some feedback on it." - Aaron Gustafson
Aaron Gustafson
"Did you guys take a look at Squirrel.js at all? I'd love some feedback on it." - Aaron Gustafson
Aaron Gustafson
Re: Next steps of Responsive Web Design - http://mpulp.mobi/2011...
"I agree 100% with your assertion that more CMSes need to allow for adapting the code sent over the wire. Some had add-ons that do this. ExpressionEngine, for instance, has a plugin that does server-side detection and allows you to adjust the templates before they are sent to a client. We used that on Web Standards Sherpa to not only reduce the amount of content sent to mobile devices, but also to preempt the use of media queries in our CSS (so they only came into play on unrecognized small devices). Media queries can be great, but they are definitely no replacement for a responsive CMS." - Aaron Gustafson
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