THE PENDING DRAFT

WordCamp Europe 2015 in Seville

January 29, 2015

Logo WordCamp Europe 2015The third WordCamp Europe will be in Seville, Spain 26 – 28 June 2015. Looks like i will spend some time in Spain this June.

In a third consecutive year the growing European community will gather together for three days of knowledge sharing, networking, having fun and creating long-term friendships.

Looking forward to it!

WordCamp Europe 2015

picu

January 28, 2015

picu - Client Proofing for PhotographersWe finally announced our upcoming WordPress plugin “picu” today. It’s a client proofing solution for photographers, which intends to bridge the gap between the photo shooting and the following selection process with a client. The idea initially came up during the development of a photography website, when the client told me that he was searching for something like this for a very long time and wasn’t satisfied with any of the options available. After a bit of back an forth, Florian and I decided to give it a try and started with the development soon after.

Right now we just started with a closed alpha phase in which we will gather some further feedback from a broader range of photographers in different fields and soon we will launch a public beta. Everything’s still a bit rough around the edges and we have tons of ideas how we can improve and make this thing even more useful for photographers. But as Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIn, once famously said:

If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.

Let’s see how embarrassing it will be. Exciting times, stay tuned!

picu.io

BOOM

January 27, 2015

This article by Brian Krogsgard (Post Status) came just in the exact right moment to motivate me even more to finally reveal what we’ve been working on.

Like I said, I interviewed about a dozen photographers from different backgrounds. None of those interviewed felt particularly satisfied with their web workflows. There is room in this market. My question is: who will fulfill their needs?

Looks like we’re onto something. More about our little project will follow this week.

Stay tuned!

Post Status – WooCommerce is going after photography

WordPress Plugin RICG Responsive Images

January 27, 2015

Browser support for native responsive images via the srcset-Attribute is getting better and better and it’s time for WordPress to provide a native solution. Luckily there’s a bunch of very smart people, including some from the Responsive Images Community Group itself, working on it as a Feature Plugin, which i’m sure will land in core some day.

I just stumbled upon the plugin and have yet to try it myself, but it looks very promising. If you’d like to contribute to the Plugin head over to the GitHub Repo.

Basically, responsive images allow the browser to choose the best image from a list. This plugin works by including all available image sizes for each image upload. Whenever WordPress outputs the image through the media uploader, or whenever a featured image is generated, those sizes will be included in the image tag via the srcset attribute.

RICG Responsive Images Plugin on WordPress.org

Maybe what we call Responsive Design today isn’t that new after all. Wouldn’t have noticed it myself – maybe i was already too much in the “CD-Generation” – but it shows again that most of the fancy new stuff had been there before, in some way or another.

In some ways, this felt like an early form of what we might now call responsive design. Over time, designers adapted to the new formats, and came up with a process that took that into account. They had less control over things like the aspect ratio, and that forced them to work harder and more flexibly.

Raymone Brigleb (Needmore Designs) – The Cassette Tape as Responsive Design

Techcrunch had put together this satirical guide on how to speak Startup.

“We’re growing 500 percent week-over-week” — Last week we had one user, today we have six.

Techcrunch – How to speak Startup

Style Guides Podcast

January 22, 2015

Styleguides.io provides a ton of useful resources on Website Style Guides. You find pretty much everything from Articles to Books, Talks, Tools or Examples. If you’re building Style Guides and didn’t know it yet, you should check it out.

Today Brad Frost announced a new Podcast, where he and Anna Debenham will interview folks making Style Guides. In the first episode they talked with Jina Bolton, Senior Product Designer at the Salesforce UX Team and although i’m usually not that much into audio podcasts i gave it a try and really enjoyed it.

Style Guides with Jina Bolton

The Web Field Manual is a nice and very extensive collection of links and resources – curated by Jon Yablonski, Garret Wieronski and Geoff Tice – for everyone working on the web. Or, in their own words:

The Web Field Manual is a curated list of resources focused on documenting only the best knowledge for designing experiences and interfaces on the web. It is an ever-expanding collection of knowledge and inspiration for web designers, by web designers.

Web Field Manual