Weekly link dump

Beautiful Web Type

I love typography, and am genuinely excited about how much freedom adoption of font-face provides. I am also pretty clueless about fonts. This site showcases some of the nicest faces in the Google Web Fonts directory.

5 Use Cases for Icon Fonts

If you’ve just encountered icon fonts (say in a framework), and are wondering how people are using them, these examples serve as inspiration. I’d never thought of the loader one.

Brew Methods

More coffee inspiration, this time broken down by apparatus.

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HTML5 Bones

HTML5 Bones is more a starter project than a template or framework. It’s a well structured, well commented HTML file, and includes Normalize.css for sane resets and HTML5Shiv.js to make IE<9 act like a modern browser. Throw in box-sizing declarations and a box-sizing polyfill, and you’ve got my starter project. Only much better. And with ARIA landmark roles.

Hexagon

The original Flash game that lead to the mobile game Super Hexagon. It’s a brilliant game, but it’s important to remember that Terry Cavanagh’s games will make you feel bad about your skills.

Checkvist

Checkvist is a web-based outliner app. You can import OMPL, indented text, lists in Markdown. You can easily get your data out as well. Lots of keyboard shortcuts to speed things up, but none of them are necessary for every day use. Check out MacDrifter’s overview of Checkvist for more detail.

GTD Incompletion Trigger List in OPML

Update: the link to the Organise IT trigger list seems to be pretty popular. Unfortunately it’s gone from their site. You can see an archived version of the list on the Wayback Machine.

As part of my 2013 planning, I’m doing what David Allen’s book Getting Things Done calls a “mind sweep”. It’s a process of dumping everything that’s floating around in your head in an unfinished state into some kind of system where it can be evaluated and organized. To help you do that, the book has a list of “incompletion triggers”, things to dredge up the stuff from your brain. I had the list from the 43 Folders Wiki open, and two things occurred to me. First, man, some of the stuff on this list hasn’t aged well. Second, I wish I was doing this is MindNode.

Those thoughts lead to this: gtd-opml. It’s an OPML list suitable for importing into an outliner or mind mapping application. My hope is that folks will be able to use it to simplify getting organized, and that they’ll contribute updates to the list to modernize it. Enjoy!

(Incidentally, in looking for something illustrative to link for “incompletion triggers”, I found a more updated list at Organize IT. I may try and incorporate some of this down the road.)

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SocialCount

Despite pointing out that “Share this” buttons on most sites live between 0-24 shares, I still get plenty of requests for them. Next time I think I’ll forgo AddThis for SocialCount. It’s very lightweight (provided you’re already including JQuery), customizable, and loads in such a way that it won’t block the display of your content.

Sharpologist

When I switched from plasticy, billion-bladed abominations to safety razors, I used Mantic59’s YouTube channel. Now he has a group blog, and it’s really informative.

Back to Work’s Three-parter on Getting Things Done

Merlin and Dan have started a refresher on David Allen’s productivity classic Getting Things Done. Worth a listen, and the show notes are brilliant.

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Clear for Mac

Clear comes to the Mac. Syncs directly to the iPhone version via iCloud. The interaction that’s so great on a fully touch device falls a little short on the Mac, but I find the syncing invaluable. I use clear to track my “To Do Today” tasks.

Pencil Project

A desktop wireframing tool that comes preinstalled with stencil sets for the most common cases. It’s a little rough around the edges, and doesn’t feel native, but it’s off to a great start! I used it this week to wireframe an iOS web app.

Solving my annoyances

This is where I bookmark fixes for the little things that drive me nuts. You might find something useful in there, too.