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Lost Type Web Fonts

The Lost Type Co-Op is designing vintage looking fonts specifically for the web. Check out their sweet typefaces and pay what you want for them.

WebAndrew Emerson
Scouting Map NYC

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Another NYC map. This time from someone who works as a movie location scout and blogs about the overlooked treasures of the city. From the blog:

“What always amazes me about New York is how much there is to see if you take the time to look. Every street has a hidden gem or two, and yet they go largely ignored by thousands of passersby daily who simply don’t have the time to pay attention.

 

WebAndrew Emerson
Songza
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Songza is streaming internet radio app that plays music based on your selection of mood or environment, instead of similar artist like most players. Thanks to Matt for showing me this Pandora alternative. I’ve only used it for a couple of hours so far, but things are looking good. From their website, “Good music makes good times. Playlists by Music Experts. 100% Free. No Audio Ads.” I can get on board with a quote like that.

Music, WebAndrew Emerson
Responsive.is
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My good friend Travis showed me this site. Its a great way to visualize how a website will look on different devices, from computer to tablet to phone. This means you can build a mobile website locally on your computer, a revelation for me. Another good option, especially if you are building specifically for iOS, is Apple’s own iPhone Simulator available with Xcode. Play around with it and see what my blog looks like at different sizes or put on any site in the text field.

WebAndrew Emerson
Delving deeper into dynamic web desig

http://blog.cloudfour.com/the-ems-have-it-proportional-media-queries-ftw/

This article is something I've skimmed over so far, and it looks to be a great trick for creating dynamically resizing websites. I've been getting into making these dynamically coded site using Skeleton and it has been an eye-opening experience. Heck, this blogs theme is based on Skeleton. Go ahead, try and resize your browser. The Skeleton framework used media queries to change content based on browser window size. This works great for divs and pictures, but when it comes to text it doesn't play as nicely.

This article addresses that issue by changing the way media queries are done. Skeleton uses a pixel dimension to determine when it should resize everything. Cloudfour on the other hand use em's to check for browser window size, and therefore resize text properly. I need to study this document.