Brad Frost, responsive web guru and genuinely nice guy, wrote about the concept of atomic design - designing web pages from the smallest component up, combining atoms into molecules into organisms which populate a finished page. Along with style guides and pattern libraries, this represents the shape of modern web design.
At least for today.
Cleve Gibbon has written a great explanation of why we should be building content APIs, not more web publishing tools. If anyone asks you to build them a new CMS plugin or website template, send them this link first! Then, send them to Packagr. (Hat tip to Jeff Eaton for the link.)
Last week, I wrote about the concept of reader aware design - the idea that our content websites can now look back at us and alter their layout to best suite our needs as readers without requiring us to login or create accounts.
Today, I’m excited to announce the release of the first version of Aware.js, a jQuery plugin that implements many of these features, and enables developers to apply techniques first used in responsive design to these new reader contexts.
What does Aware.js do?
We’re releasing Aware.js now to continue the conversation about reader aware design, and to collect feedback and suggestions from the community. What other information might Aware.js provide about a reader? How will you use these tools and techniques on your site? We’d love to hear from you - Send us a tweet to @XOXCO!