Here are a few curated links from around the web. If you are a creative engineer or developer you may find some of these links to be very informative and handy. 
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Collective #122
Google Design * Human JavaScript * Favicon Generator * Visualizing Algorithms * Wikipedia Concept * HTMLHint * fast.js * Gifffer

Collective #121
Web Starter Kit * Smallworld.js * Steady.js * SideComments.js * Call to Idea * Wavepot * MobileVis * Homeless Fonts

Collective #120
Outdated Browser * Odyssey.js * will-change * Type Sample * Browserify * Emulators in JS * bounce.js * Boba.js * Keylight

Node Roundup: npm’s New Web Framework, Notes from the Road, TJ Fontaine Interview

Node Roundup: Node 0.8.27 and 0.10.29, BipIO, Reducto

Node Roundup: husky, grunt-npmcopy

Hya: JavaScript Synths and Plugins

Steady.js – A Module to Do Logic for onScroll Event

Steady attaches a handler to the onscroll event, that excutes the trackers. Then it calls another function that checks the conditions with values inside a requestAnimationFrame to avoid making the onscroll handler fat and slow, […]

Easy audio capture with the MediaRecorder API
The MediaRecorder API is a simple construct, used inside Navigator.getUserMedia(), which provides an easy way of recording media streams from the user’s input devices and instantly using them in web apps. This article provides a basic guide on how to use MediaRecorder, which is supported in Firefox Desktop/Mobile 25, and Firefox OS 2.0. What other […]

How to Create a Tiled Background Slideshow
A tutorial that shows how to recreate the four tiles slideshow effect seen on the website of Serge Thoroval. Using 3D transforms, transitions and animations, the aim is to implement a smooth effect and add some variations.

Adding Scrolling Effects with Scrollme jQuery Plugin

20 Freebie UI Graphics for Website Layouts
Web developers who love to build websites often run into the same problem: lacking a pixel-perfect design mockup. Without a competent designer you’re often left to rebuild existing ideas or code simple interfaces without too much detail. But you can also download free PSD or AI graphics to use as a replacement for your own […]

Boba.js – A JavaScript Library for Google Analytics

Boba.js is a small, easily extensible JavaScript library that makes working with Google Analytics easier. It supports the old ga.js library as well as the new analytics.js library. It has one out of the box function, trackLinks, and makes tracking everything else child’s play. Requires jQuery. Requirements: jQuery Framework Demo: License: MIT License

5 great places to find free design tutorials
When it comes to design, learning can be fun. But it can also be expensive and time consuming. So if you’re looking to expand your creative and technical mind, but not your wallet, then you’ll be after some high-quality free tutorials.

Elegant Font Icon Picker jQuery Plugin

jQuery fontIconPicker is a small (3.22KB gzipped) jQuery plugin which allows you to include an elegant icon picker with categories, search and pagination inside your administration forms. The list of icons can be loaded manually using a SELECT field, an Array or Object of icons or directly from a Fontello config.json or IcoMoon selection.json file. […]

10 tips for building a killer portfolio website
If you work as a designer, you need a portfolio – and a portfolio website is the easiest and quickest way to showcase your work. Even if you have a physical portfolio, a website is pretty much expected these days in addition. However if you are not a pro web designer you may not be au fait with the best way to lay out your portfolio website. Here are some top tips to help you along the way….

Faster UI Animations With Velocity.js

From a motion design perspective, is phenomenally static. It’s purposefully dumbed down for the broadest levels of compatibility and user comfort. Facebook’s iOS apps, on the other hand, are fluid. They prioritize the design of motion; they feel like living, breathing apps.

This article serves to demonstrate that this dichotomy does not need to exist; websites can benefit from the same level of interactive and performant motion design found on mobile apps. Before diving into examples, let’s first address why motion design is so beneficial.

The post Faster UI Animations With Velocity.js appeared first on Smashing Magazine.

Ideas for Subtle Hover Effects
Some creative and subtle hover effect inspiration using modern CSS techniques including 3D translate and pseudo elements.

Create Interactive Stories for Journalists & Designers

Odyssey.js is an open-source tool that allows you to combine maps, narratives, and other multimedia into a beautiful story. Creating new stories is simple, requiring nothing more than a modern web-browser and an idea. You enhance the narrative and multimedia of your stories using Actions that will let you tell your story in an exciting […]

WebIDE Lands in Nightly
Editor’s note for the impatient: if you want to help test it on a recent nightly you can toggle the devtools.webide.enabled preference in about:config. The WebIDE is available today under Tools>Web Developer>App Manager and will be renamed in tomorrow’s Nightly into WebIDE. If you’ve been following our Developer Tools series on the Mozilla Hacks blog, […]

ServiceWorkers and Firefox
Since early 2013, Mozillians have been involved with the design of the Service Worker. Thanks to work by Google, Samsung, Mozilla, and others, this exciting new feature of the web platform has evolved to the point that it is being implemented in various web browser engines. What are Service Workers? At their simplest, Service Workers […]

10 steps to engaging user experience
These days, building websites or applications that attract and retain customers has become somewhat of a science. For people who aren’t well versed in the digital space, I often compare the work that I do as a UX designer to an architect. Like the architect who builds your home, my UX team builds a comprehensive blueprint, which outlines every single detail of the site’s features and functionality.

6 steps to perfecting minimalism in web design
Over the past few years, web design has been rocked by various trends that have come and gone. One of the trends that has staying power, is minimalism, simply because it’s a timeless concept that has been popular in various mediums throughout the ages. So why not in web design? One of the things about […]

V8 Optimization Killers

WebGL / openGL

WebGL around the net, 24 June 2014
3D ads and popup books! It doesn’t get more fun than this in WebGL Land. Here are this week’s developments: Glacéau Smartwater has launched a beautiful 3D ad campaign, Explore the Sky. The ad features animated camera fly-throughs and great interaction. You can even paint clouds in the sky! Could this be a glimpse into the future of […]

WebGL around the net, 17 June 2014
Virtual Reality and Stereo Photography lead this week’s WebGL developments. At last week’s San Francisco WebGL Developers Meetup, we got a glimpse of WebGL running on the Oculus Rift. The very next day, Josh Carpenter and Vlad Vukićević of Mozilla announced that Firefox nightly builds will soon include native support for Oculus Rift head tracking and stereo […]

Easy accelerated 3D Games in a browser with JavaScript and WebGL using Three.js or Babylon.js
Let’s ignore that we haven’t got a web-agreed-upon way to do just about anything, much less basic line-of-business apps with data-bound text boxes over data, and just revel in the fact that we can do hardware-accelerated 3D graphics in our browsers with WebGL. This works today in all the latest browsers.

Virtually Anywhere
Now that WebGL is truly everywhere, the close-knit, doggedly persistent and technically masterful group of folks who made it happen over the last several years can take a collective bow. From Vlad  Vukićević, WebGL’s creator, to the countless engineers and working group members on browser teams who created a great spec and world-class implementations, to Ricardo Cabello Miguel, aka Mr.doob for the amazing Three.js, to us camp followers and blogging faithful: congrats, felicidades, and kudos on a job well done!

30 amazing examples of WebGL in action

Adobe Flash Professional CC 2014 is here! It seems the WebGL…

fakelove/chromadepthGLSL · GitHub

Parrot Hunt – WebGL Game (not quite like Duck Hunt)


Lets start off with an article written by Lars Doucet titled Dear Adobe: Support Haxe, save your Tools. With a great title, Lars goes into how Adobe can profit big from depending on Haxe and all its…

The Chimango Games team have posted a youtube video of the visual evolution of their current game Pewma since they started working on it. Alexander Hohlov has written Caching Refactoring in which he…

Cristian Baluta has renamed his Objective-C Haxe compile target to Swift, I wonder what its going be targeting now… Lars Doucet has written an update on the Defender’s Quest 2 DevLog which goes…

While I continue to work on the write up of WWX2014, which is insanely behind release, you can browse the WWX2014 photo collection to tide you over. You can then checkout Cristian Baluta’s photo…

LeapMotion darts This is a demo of 3D game controlled by…

Assetifier 1.0 Beta + Video Tutorials: Just uploaded a 5 part…

3D RPG strategy Adobe AIR game for iOS powered by Flare3D

3D RPG strategy Adobe AIR game for iOS powered by Flare3D

Beyond Reality Face Nxt released! Now available for Adobe… 

Now available for Adobe Flash, Adobe AIR for Desktop and Mobile (iOS/Android). Try the new Techdemo here (needs a webcam).

Desperados Wall Interactive application that was made on a Wild…

Interactive application that was made on a Wild Night Desperados Party that was in October 2012 in Poznan. It was made in Starling framework, and the graphics was made in 3D Studio Max. The application recognizes where is the user and in his position it breaks the wall.

Titanfall Arcade: Life Is Better With A Titan Classic Atari…

Classic Atari games powered up in a series of interactive banner games for EA’s upcoming Titanfall launch.

air:Scene – A Community For Adobe AIR Developers

easyWorker Apache Flex / Adobe Air library to make ease to work…

Apache Flex / Adobe Air library to make ease to work with Workers

No more burden to create an other project and / or an extra SWF for your Worker, everything is in-memory, don’t deal anymore with MessageChannel and other low level API, use Thread an Events.

Includes all the used classes and nothing more (except if you want to), register for you your typed object to pass them back and forth the Worker…

Flash Player 11 & Stage3d goodies round-up: How to export…

Unity3D / Blender3D / Engines

Unity5: API changes & automatic script updating
As the breadth of the Unity feature set keeps on growing, and as we build it with more and more engineers at the same time, the necessity for being able to split up the product in separate modules becomes bigger and bigger. Obviously because it is just sound engineering practice. (It’s nice that when you […]

Bone-Based Unity 2D Animation: Introduction

Interview with Ton Roosendaal
Three Dutch students traveled to Amsterdam to inverview Ton. It’s a great interview and it’s fully subtitled. A few weeks ago me and two friends were assigned to do a presentation at…


Weekly Mobile News Roundup – 27 June 2014
Once again the week is coming to an end and that means it’s time for a roundup of the past weeks news! Apps We Actually Use: Collective as a clipboard manager for everything but the kitchen sink – In my daily routine, I spend a lot of time copying URLs for websites, text for articles and […]

Weekly Mobile News Roundup – 13 June 2014
Once again the week is coming to an end and that means it’s time for a roundup of the past weeks news! Developing iOS8 Apps Using Swift – Create a To-Do Application – In this iOS8 Swift Tutorial, I will show you how to create a To-Do like application using Swift, the new programming language from Apple. […]

Weekly Mobile News Roundup – 20 June 2014
Once again the week is coming to an end and that means it’s time for a roundup of the past weeks news! Ink and Slide: Hands On With Adobe’s New iPad Drawing Tools – The idea behind Ink and Slide is to give designers a tablet drawing experience that goes beyond the simple stylus. Amazon’s Phone […]

Swift Development – List of Resources You Must Bookmark

Getting Started with Auto Layout in Xcode 5

Firefox OS Apps run on Android
At Mozilla we believe that apps and browsing are best viewed as cooperative and symbiotic, each better when working together. We are working to strengthen that relationship by building an apps ecosystem that is built using the Web technologies that so many developers are already familiar with. We built Firefox OS as a mobile OS […]

Mozilla turns Firefox Android homepage into content hub
The latest Firefox for Android beta focuses on developer tools, but one could have big ramifications by turning the browser’s homepage into a platform called Firefox Hub.

Introducing the Web Audio Editor in Firefox Developer Tools
In Firefox 32, the Web Audio Editor joins the Shader Editor and Canvas Debugger in Firefox Developer Tools for debugging media-rich content on the web. When developing HTML5 games or fun synthesizers using web audio, the Web Audio Editor assists in visualizing and modifying all of the audio nodes within the web audio AudioContext. Visualizing […]

The 12 HTML5 hacks that’ll supercharge your mobile site
The mobile web is a strange world: dozens of browsers, versions, screen sizes, undocumented features, bugs and new problems. That is why, in some situations, we need to break some limits to accomplish our objectives.


A/Visions, Synesthetic Fever Dreams – A Report on EM15

A report on the CAN/HOLO artist Q&A sessions and related audiovisual performances at Montreal’s EM15 festival, which was jointly organized by the teams behind MUTEK and Elektra.

Weird Second-order Loops – Generative individuality and circumstance

Weird Second-order Loops is a series of computer-generated animation loops that never repeat. Each of the loops is centred around a playful and simple cyclical idea that is a procedural reinterpretation of a long existing animation cliché, potentiating it ad infinitum.

Lunar Surface – Drawing digital mass in physical space
Lunar Surface is the latest in the series of projects by the duo investigating digital light as a semi-material to articulate digital visual mass in physical space.

Just over a year ago, a large scale art project called The Bay Lights turned the Bay Bridge, the San Francisco Bay Area structure that’s historically been the plainer sister to the famed Golden Gate Bridge, into a glittering destination in its own right. But as iconic as the Bay Lights have quickly become, it turns out that they’re not set to be here to stay. The original erection… Read More

New Technologies

Oculus VR explains why mobile virtual reality won’t poison the well

With all the talk of high-fidelity virtual reality coming from Oculus VR — the virtual reality headset company that’s now part of Facebook — it’s easy to believe that the only type of VR is PC-based. But that isn’t the case! Beyond what we learned…

Oculus happy as a break-even business
Virtual reality headset maker says it’s planning to sell its products at the lowest possible price, despite investment costs that could reach into the billions.

Oculus game teaches journalists how to survive in war zones

You’re sat in the back of an armored personnel carrier when, suddenly, something hits you and the lights go out. Stumbling out of the darkness, you emerge onto the battlefield armed with just a video camera and a first-aid kit. Laying in front of you…

3D Windowing System Developed Using Wayland, Oculus Rift
An anonymous reader writes Developed as part of a university master thesis is this “truly 3D” windowing system environment. The 3D desktop was developed as a Qt Wayland compositor and output to an Oculus Rift display and then controlled using a high-precision Razer mouse. Overall, it’s interesting research for bringing 2D windows into a 3D workspace using Wayland and the Oculus Rift. The code is hosted as the Motorcar Compositor. A video demonstration is on YouTube.

Oculus CEO: We’re using Android as model for expansion
Oculus’s Brendan Iribe says the virtual reality headset maker wants to sit down with any hardware maker willing to talk partnerships.

Second Life’s second act will be a social network for virtual reality

Eight years ago, I was slouching through my college’s required mass-media course and silently groaning while my professor excitedly mapped out the promises of Second Life. That online virtual world, where players create items, clothes, buildings and…

Universities Look To Oculus Rift To Lure Students To Campus
When you hear “Oculus Rift” you think games, but it looks like virtual tours are becoming a new category to the uses for the virtual reality device. Founders of YouVisit, a virtual tour company, Taher Baderkhan, Abi Mandelbaum and Endri Tolka met in their first year of college and they had one thing in common: they were all international students. Read More

 Using a piece of paper with a specially printed grid and a regular smartphone, Rendor may have just cracked the 3D scanning code. The system allows you to create a 3D scan of almost any object simply by taking video of it from every angle. The program interpolates the shape of the object based on how it is positioned on the grid and then generates a usable 3D file. Read More

Build Your Own XBMC-Controlling Bluetooth Remote

Interested in making your own custom remote for your XBMC? Make shows off a guide to make your own using a cheap Bluetooth module and a custom case.

Raspberry Pi introduces the new Compute Module which can be used on a custom board 

The build here uses a Bluefruit EZ-Key, a bit of soldering, and (an admittedly pretty ugly) 3D printed case. The process itself if pretty easy to do, and once you’re done you’ll have a little Bluetooth remote you can use to control your home theater PC. It should be easy enough to modify the case to suit your style, and otherwise it’s a easy build to make for yourself.

PiFox – Bare metal 3D rail shooter

Visual encyclopedia builds itself by scouring the internet
Crowdsourced knowledge bases like Wikipedia encompass a lot of knowledge, but humans can only add to them so quickly. Wouldn’t it be better if computers did all the hard work? The University of Washington certainly believes so. Its LEVAN (Learn…

IMAX shows why its 4K camera could get you watching 3D movies again
Is 3D video on the decline, destined to return to the realm of novelty? Not if you ask IMAX. The company has just detailed a large-format 4K camera that could give 3D movies a (frankly needed) visual boost. The trick, the company says, is that the…

‘The Killing’ storyline recap sets you up for the final season on Netflix
Netflix has revived The Killing for one final six-episode season, but what if you’re not sure about binge watching the first three (already on Netflix, of course) to get ready? A video posted by the service gives you a good peek at some of the…

Amazon clearly doesn’t think that one politically charged show is enough to counter Netflix efforts like House of Cards. The online retailer turned media producer has ordered a pilot for Point of Honor, a drama set on the cusp of the American Civil…

Amazon’s Fire Phone Introduces Firefly, A Feature That Lets You Identify (And Buy!) Things You See In The Real World
With the debut of the Amazon Fire Phone this afternoon, the company introduced a new feature called Firefly, which is largely designed to let you identify — and then, of course, buy — things you see out in the real world. Firefly takes advantage of the smartphone’s camera to let you identify things like phone numbers, movies, books, games, CDs, food and more just by pointing… Read More

Here Is The Full Video Of Amazon’s Fire Phone Launch Event
 As you probably know, Amazon launched its Fire Phone today. Sadly, the company didn’t make a live stream available, so you had to make do with our live blog. But it really takes video to get a feel for the phone’s main feature — its dynamic perspective 3D mode — but as promised, Amazon has now posted the full video of the event. Read More

Microsoft is gearing up to begin shipping its Surface Pro 3 tablet, and many have already had a chance to test out the latest in tablet/laptop hybrids. One early tester is Penny Arcade’s Mike Krahulik (aka Gabe) who was a huge fan of the Surface Pro 2 because with the stylus, it was an awesome digital artist tool for hand-drawn creations. Gabe wasn’t so impressed with the Surface… Read More

Pre-Crime Startup BioCatch Raises $10M Series A
If you’ve ever seen the movie Minority Report, you’ll be familiar with the “Precognition” concept: the ability to see into the future — in the film’s case, to stop a crime before it’s actually committed. Israeli cybercrime startup BioCatch effectively does just that. Read More

Online ‘nanodegrees’ boost your career without requiring time off
Climbing the career ladder can be daunting. You frequently need new skills to move ahead, but it’s not always practical to take time off just to get some new credentials. However, AT&T and Udacity may have just solved this conundrum by unveiling…

Oxford University’s smart glasses help people with partial vision see more detail
When we hear the term “smart glasses” these days, we tend to focus more on the smart and less on the glasses. Researchers at Oxford University see things the other way around: putting the emphasis on glasses suggests a device that helps the visually…

Turn On a String of Lights By Calling a Cellphone

It’s hard to find what you’re looking for in the dark. Instructables users Jayefuu and Kiteman developed a way to light up a small area whenever you call a cellphone.

The setup uses a battery-powered strand of lights, a basic circuit board with a phototransistor, and a cheap cellphone with the capability to light up its screen when called. When you call the cellphone, the backlight comes on and activates the phototransistor, and that turns the lights on. They developed this for use at music festivals so it’s easier to find your sanctuary in a sea of tents, but you can use it for anything. Find your car in a giant parking lot at night, light up your porch when you get home, or anything else you can come up with. For a complete guide to making the setup, check out the link below….

The Next Generation Of Atari
 Atari is back. Again. After the crash of Nolan Bushnell’s empire in the early ’80s, several ventures attempted to resurrect the iconic brand. Atari Interactive is the latest, emerging from chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year, and is now ready to make a splash in the mobile market with a renewed focus in established verticals. Read More