Web vs Mobile – For The User

I agree with this idea from Ryan that the web has big advantages. I am constantly hearing stats and projections that Mobile is taking over. And sure, I agree that I use my phone to browse more sites, but when it comes down to it I’m just casually browsing – not working. I love the post he’s links in the first line: Vibhu Norby has a detailed post on why his startup is pivoting from mobile first to web first.

Vibhu details that he’s done the mobile startup thing and has learned from the complications. He explains that most of these have been solved in the desktop browser already and a lot of it relates to usability.

Another big point is that mobile apps must be installed (actually they must be found, installed, opened and setup), whereas a web app can be as simple as a link- click, and then the user is already using it. Adoption is much easier on the web.

And even another point is updates and testing and whatnot. YOu can do various tests and even update the whole app relatively fast on the web. There is the one version to support – the live one. While with apps, you can’t do much in the arena of testing and updating is sluggish plus it relies on the user to update (some don’t know how to update and even less care).

I think a web app that is mobile friendly wins. You can give mobile users access, but they aren’t stuck on mobile. They can use it anywhere. While so many are talking about responsive design and produce sites that are device agnostic mobile apps are very device centric.

I’m a fan/advocate of future friendly at least, and strive for future proof (although I understand that’s near impossible). I also hold that there is ONE web and mobile myths.

Web versus Native Economics and User Adoption | Ryan Stewart – Mountaineer Coding.

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Stats on a Windows 8 Game

The Falling balls app seems to be Keith Peter's "Hello World" in exploring new development arenas. Here he walks us through how his first app is trending on Windows 8.

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Falling Balls Update | BIT-101
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Inverse Kinematics + Javascript = Cool Squid

Really nice animated movement. I can't get over how much life this little guy has. The pulse, and the trailing tentacles which don't always move the same way and just enough random thrown in for fun. This should be a game, but I can't decide if I'd rather be the squid or run from it. Nice work Justin!

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Muscular Hydrostats | CreativeJS
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Relationships between CS and JS

Keeping styles out of scripts helps us code better. Much easier and deliberate coding when the javascript only adds or removes classes and the actual styles are in the css rather than inline.

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Building A Relationship Between CSS & JavaScript | Smashing Coding
This article shows how to open up lines of communication between CSS and JavaScript and lean on the strengths of each language.

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Trying to create a views-block to show content that shares a 'parent' (as…

Trying to create a views-block to show content that shares a 'parent' (as an entity reference) on a content node page, any ideas?

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Views Relationship/Contextual Filter for sibling nodes
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Spinning Puzzels from Satellite Imagery

An app which creates spinning circular puzzles from the abstract landscape imagery from our satellites.

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Oko: An iPad App That Turns Satellite Photos Into Spinning Puzzles
I’m sure I’m not the only person who finds jigsaw puzzles totally maddening. It seems pretty clear that they’re a holdover from an era when the mean attention span could be measured in minutes, not se…

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Collaborative Music Experience

"Play" JAM in your favorite browser and with others. You choose an instrument and join a group to create tunes. This is some amazing work and very nice design and experience.

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JAM With Chrome | CreativeJS
JAM with Chrome is a super fun collaborative live music experience that has been keeping the internet pretty busy ever since it went live. Pick and instrument, invite some friends, and jam the hours a…

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Content First, means Content – First. 

Not design first, but consider the content important… 

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‘Content first’? Content left, right and centre!
Christiaan Lustig explains why content creation should be part of the design and development process

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Kinetic Sculpture Draws

Very nice motion capture of sorts to use human motion to drive abstract animations.

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On A Huge Video Wall, A Stunning Kinetic Sculpture Comes To Life
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Are price wars the future for Web Agencies?

"The culture of winning work at all costs forces good designers and developers to do bad things." Don't train clients to expect more for less, because then everyone looses and the work quality suffers. We need to make it easier for clients to understand what we deliver and how and how costs are calculated. Deliver more value with the same high quality deliverables to educate clients on what is good and why!

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