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Ports and protocols were the name of the game, with swathes of the web switching to HTTPS connections. HTTP2 also started to gain adoption, and in doing so turned all we had learned about performance optimisation on its head. 24 ways saw increasing exploration of animation on the web, as well as renewed interest in accessibility, style guides and progressive enhancement.

  1. Solve the Hard Problems

    Drew McLellan

    Drew McLellan brings our 2015 calendar to a motivational close with some encouragement for the year ahead. Year’s end is a time for reflection and finding new purpose and enthusiasm for what we do. By tackling the thorniest design and development problems, we can make the greatest impact – and have the most fun. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

  2. Blow Your Own Trumpet

    Andy Clarke

    Andy Clarke encourages us to have confidence in the way we communicate with potential clients. Being open and genuine, and providing an insight into what working with you will be like can help prospective clients choose you over your competitors. So before you refresh your glass, refresh your website’s copy!

  3. How Tabs Should Work

    Remy Sharp

    Remy Sharp picks that old chestnut – tabs – and roasts it afresh on the open fire of JavaScript to see how a fully navigable, accessible and clickable set of tabs can work. Everybody knows some scripting and some CSS can help to make your website bright. Although it’s been said many times, many ways, please be careful to do it right.

  4. What’s Ahead for Your Data in 2016?

    Heather Burns

    Heather Burns outlines the most important international legal issues whose effects will ripple through our work on the web in 2016 and beyond. Like the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come, these trade agreements have approached slowly, gravely, silently. Perhaps now’s the time to take action.

  5. Make a Comic

    Rebecca Cottrell

    Rebecca Cottrell sharpens her trusty HB pencil and sketches out the steps to making a comic, before inking and colouring the whole deal with a few Photoshop tips for anyone unwilling to part with a screen over the festive season. Put that eggnog down and get drawing!

  6. Being Responsive to the Small Things

    Jonathan Snook

    Jonathan Snook considers the problem of container (or element) queries in the context of responsive web design and looks at the approach taken by current open source JavaScript solutions. Remember, no matter what size of box your Christmas gift comes in, it’s the thought that counts.

  7. The Accessibility Mindset

    Eric Eggert

    Eric Eggert celebrates the simplicity of making websites accessible and, when accessibility is as fundamental to a project as performance and code quality, how it can improve the experience for all users. The web, like a gleeful cheer of “Merry Christmas” at yuletide, is for everyone.

  8. Beyond the Style Guide

    Paul Lloyd

    Paul Robert Lloyd runs his finger along the seam between interface patterns and design systems, exploring how a visual design language can underpin and inform a web style guide, with judicious use of CSS preprocessing. Like a good Christmas jumper, sometimes you need to get creative with the rules.

  9. What I Learned about Product Design This Year

    Meagan Fisher

    Meagan Fisher casts a thoughtful glance back over her work this year and considers what it means to design a product rather than a marketing experience. Pour yourself a cup of eggnog, grab a mince pie or two and gather around the fireside. Are you sitting comfortably? Good, then we shall begin.

  10. Designing with Contrast

    Mark Mitchell

    Mark Mitchell casts coarse salt upon the pale icy sheen of recent web design aesthetics to sound a warning that we may be on thin ice. The tension between low contrast tastes and high contrast needs is a story as old as the <font> tag, and yet it bears frequent retelling. For snow has fallen snow on snow.

  11. Upping Your Web Security Game

    Guy Podjarny

    Guy Podjarny sounds a sober warning during our festivities, and gathers some winter fuel to help secure your apps and users from the web’s occasionally cruel frost. So mark his footsteps good, my friend, and tread thou in them boldly. Thou shalt find the hacker’s rage freeze thy site less coldly.

  12. Animation in Responsive Design

    Val Head

    Val Head squeezes more animation into responsive design’s Christmas stocking with some strategies for getting the most out of animation at any screen size. Set your robin a-rockin’, no matter what size the dance floor.

  13. Helping VIPs Care About Performance

    Lara Hogan

    Lara Hogan ignites a little cognac over your web performance pudding by considering ways you can keep stakeholders invested in a site’s metrics and KPIs. More than just the budget, it’s the thought you put in that counts.

  14. Bringing Your Code to the Streets

    Ruth John

    Ruth John breaks out of the browser and projects a Christmas sound and light show with some JavaScript, the Web MIDI API and a portable A/V pack. Don’t make a spectacle of yourself at the party this year – take it outside!

  15. Universal React

    Jack Franklin

    Jack Franklin darns the holes left in our applications by exploring how our client-side JavaScript frameworks might also be run on the server to provide universal support for all types of user. How will you react when you see mommy kissing Server Claus?

  16. Get Expressive with Your Typography

    Richard Rutter

    Richard Rutter adapts an extract from his forthcoming book on web typography and encourages us to be brave with type choices. By allowing type to express a website’s intentions from even before the moment a visitor starts to read, we can help set the tone and our users’ expectations.

  17. How to Do a UX Review

    Joe Leech

    Joe Leech offers a rundown on his UX review process, sharing tips about analysing data and creating personas, and setting out findings in a form that benefits clients. From quick wins to workshops, there are gifts here everyone will be grateful for.

  18. Animating Your Brand

    Donovan Hutchinson

    Donovan Hutchinson stamps his snow-caked boots, unwinds his scarf and eases [See what we did there? Did you?] us into December with some tips and resources on integrating animation into our website style guides. A warm animated welcome to 24 ways 2015!