Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the code and not think about how things will look. For this week’s digest, I wanted to pick a few different design-related links to break us out of that mode. I’ve got one link at the end that’s not related to design if it’s not your cup of tea.
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What You Need to Read This Week
Paper.js — The Swiss Army Knife of Vector Graphics Scripting
The site sums it up better than I can: “Paper.js is an open source vector graphics scripting framework that runs on top of the HTML5 Canvas. It offers a clean Scene Graph / Document Object Model and a lot of powerful functionality to create and work with vector graphics and bezier curves, all neatly wrapped up in a well designed, consistent and clean programming interface.”
Designing GitHub for Mac
By Kyle Neath, Warpspire.com
Kyle Neath from GitHub walks us through the trials and travails of designing and building a native Mac OS X application to interface with GitHub.
How to Actually Make Text Look Interesting: Minimalist Web Design
By Kurt Edelbrock, Space
I’ve always been a closet typography geek, but I’ve never really had a formal understanding of what makes good and bad typographical layouts. This article by Kurt Edelbrock breaks down the basics of typography so that we can stop making the web so ugly, without needing to be a graphic designer.
Testing Benford’s Law
Interesting phenomenon with a nice simple visualization to demonstrate it. The site illustrates that datasets like Stack Overflow user reputation, number of followers Twitter users have, or the most common iPhone passcodes, stand up to Benford’s Law.
How to take advantage of Redis just adding it to your stack
Salvatore “antirez” Sanfilippo talks about a couple use cases where you could quickly get up and running leveraging Redis without rebuilding your entire architecture.