Realtime Web Graphics with Graphite
Graphite. Amazing. You should use it.
“Graphite is a highly scalable real-time graphing system. As a user, you write an application that collects numeric time-series data that you are interested in graphing, and send it to Graphite’s processing backend, carbon, which stores the data in Graphite’s specialized database. The data can then be visualized through graphite’s web interfaces.”
How to Use Open Source Licenses
3 articles to give you a good summary of open source licenses, the differences, and when to use which one.
The major ones in use are GPL License, MIT License, BSD License, LGPL License.
Design for Startups
Design tidbits from Paul Stamatiou:
- Add just enough effects to make it perceivable. ie. Don’t overdo it.
- “Whenever I see a website I like, or even just a particular element of a site, I take a screenshot and archive it”
- “Process of redesigning a product
- Get in the mindset of the target audience
- A few quick layout sketches…or straight to HTML/CSS
- Sketch 2 or 3 simple layout variants
- Start with grayscale then tinker with color after I have the visual hierarchy down
- Color adjustments and typography tweaks
- Mentally prepare a sort of style guide”
He also left a 20 or so good tips for those in a rush. Just go to the bottom of the article, or search for “But Stammy, we launch in one week”.