I just moved this site over to the Tachyons CSS framework. Why? Because I can. It’s a framework that is pretty easy to get started with and it allows you to build front-end code easily and extensibly. I’m probably not using it right but I don’t care - it helped me get some stuff on the web.
And this site only uses one font and one color (ok, plus a grey for the footer and a black for the font).
The color I’m using is #00ff00. Why? Because it’s the default “neon green” in Google Docs.
See how far this rabbit hole goes?
I’m constantly looking for ways to get things done. I hate formalized workflows that get in the way. Have you ever seen something that looks fun on the web only to be greeted with something like this:
Oh, bower! Ok. Let’s see what that is:
This rabbit hole ain’t looking so good…
Next time you’re writing documentation or instructions remember the context people have. The web is a vast and weird place - plenty of smart people aren’t using what you consider “obvious” solutions. Many people are still coding in excel. That’s totally fine. The web is a remix and designed to be messy and extensible.
So where are the next edges? Publishing - I’m experimenting with blurb and lulu and some others to figure out fast ways to get things printed (hint - using Google Slides for layout and exporting as PDF).
I’m experimenting with using tabletop.js to use Google Docs as a database to publish interactive content.
I’m experimenting with dexter to build simple bots.
I’ve not really used it yet but Glitch looks amazing as a way to build simple interactive web experiences. (Gotta learn node first though….)
What are your hacks? Where are your edges? How are you using tools in ways they weren’t designed?