Bits for the Weekend – 16/02/18

Read if you're in for a bit of CSS, UX, and some cool new apps to check out!

Daniela Patterson

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16 February 2018

Bits for the Weekend is a bi-weekly roundup of links we’re sharing and discussing in the office. Keep up with the daily buzz and follow us on Twitter.

This week, we’re bringing you another bunch of what we thought was interesting up on the Internet this past week or so. Some coding, a bit of UX, some news, and a few really handy apps that can make your life another touch easier. Grab a coffee and let’s get this party started!

Make your SVG icons multi-colored with CSS variables

A great article by Sarah Dayan about making multi-colored icons with SVG symbols and CSS variables. Learn how to take advantage of icon fonts as the go-to solution for displaying icons in your projects. And if you fancy a bit more front-end reading this weekend, check out Sarah’s other articles here as well.

Heard of Stimulus?

Stimulus is a JavaScript framework with modest ambitions. It’s not planning to take over your front-end — don’t worry. It’s designed to augment your HTML to give it a bit more spice by connecting elements to JavaScript objects automatically. Read all about it here.

Hey, manual time tracking! Your time is up!

Memory AI is a product inside Timely (a time tracking app you might already be using) that automatically tracks everything you do throughout the day and then creates a timeline out of it all. It captures everything billable that you do and presents it in a super accurate, smart looking timesheet. It’s, of course, a 100% safe and secure, and your data is always just yours and yours only.

Meet Adele

Adele (named after Adele Goldberg) is a publicly available repository of dozens of design systems and pattern libraries for you to learn, enjoy, and contribute to.

A new star on the online presentation sky?

Ludus is a web application that lets you incorporate all of the power of the Internet into your presentations. You’re free to embed pretty much anything that tickles your fancy into your slides — from 3D models, VR experiments, and Dropbox files to Figma designs and InVision prototypes. It’s web-based, so it works virtually everywhere. As long as you can connect to the Internet, you’re good to create, read, edit, and share.

Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as “not secure”

As of July, Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as “not secure”, continuing Google’s efforts to nudge users away from unencrypted sites. With the progressively increasing number of sites migrating to HTTPS, Google assumes that by July, the balance of HTTPS and HTTP sites will be tipped in favor of HTTPS enough so that Chrome can mark all HTTP sites.

What are the laws of UX?

A collection of the maxims and principles that designers can consider while building user interfaces. Which laws of UX do you swear by?

Do you have any apps or gadgets recommendations that can help keep time tracking streamlined, simple, and fast? And what have you been reading and pondering recently? Let us know!

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