December 20th 2009

Love this xkcd. While teaching practical use (i.e. video editing) to kids who often reason and behave as if the computer is a black box with elves, fairies, unicorns and glitter inside, I’m always trying to offer a glimpse of the real beauty: Layer upon layer of progressive abstraction that allows for billions of very simple elements, such as what are basically on-off switches, to create something incredible complex, for instance a dramatic chipmunk.

Noupe: CSS Techniques I Wish I Knew When I Started Designing Websites

Having started building websites in 1997, I guess I could say “CSS techniques I wish existed” back then, but still this is a pretty good recap on the kind of knowledge that often slips past the cracks in my self-learning (I’ve only had a couple of months of formal webdesign training, and that was back in 1999).