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What is the Future of Front End Web Development?

I think Chris nails it with this one on the head, but the whole article is really worth the read:

What websites are being asked to do is rising. Developers are being asked to build very complicated things very quickly and have them work very well and very fast.

The rate at which the complexity of our jobs is rising is astronomical. However, the final result — which still just a “website” to a layman/user — doesn’t necessarily reflect that. People still think that when they are commissioning a website today, that it’s the same type of work that it was five years ago, when in fact it is anything but.

To add to Chris’ main question from the article, we often get asked “what it means being a front-end developer nowadays?”

While five years ago it meant knowing how to write semantic markup, and know your way around various browser quirks when it came to styling, today it’s a completely different beast. There are states to be managed, something called “components”, and a whole lot of JavaScript (as Chris nicely listed it in the original article).

I’m here for the TL;DR, man. Can you just tell me should designers code? 

My answer is still the same, but I can now definitely add something to it. Yes, designers should code as in knowing how HTML, CSS, and JS work, and they need to be aware of how they affect performance in the browsers. They don’t necessarily need to be able to build the interfaces they design themselves, as long as they are aware of the technologies being used.

This essentially means that designers should know how to code as if it were five years ago.

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Staff picks #5

After a brief hiatus, it’s time for another installment of the staff picks series where we gather some of the most interesting bits of design and development from around the web.

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There doesn’t need to be an app for that

We hear a lot of talk lately about the technical debt programmers are facing, once their software becomes mature enough, and all that rapid development that was done initially starts to hurt the company.

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Last Friday was a bittersweet one. On any other week it would be the usual end of the work week where we’re all preparing to wind down and enjoy the weekend, this week it was a bit different as it was also Danijel’s last day with Superawesome. In order to not make it a sad…

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Unicorns and glitter

The visual identity of DigitasLBi is a perfect example of not taking yourself too seriously. Special unicorn treatments for each city is a cool bonus.

Via Brand New.

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Staff picks #4

This one’s going to be packed with extra goodness, since we missed last week’s post.

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Sublime Text/Atom/VS Code snippet generator

This is a useful tool to help you create code snippets for Sublime Text/Atom/Visual Studio editors. It’s incredibly timely that I have stumbled on this link seeing that we are in the process of creating Mustra components in Pug. Having easy access to them through code snippets will be awesome for our front-end development process.

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reMarkable

Now this is an interesting device. It’s basically a Kindle that you can draw on, with a proprietary display which is supposedly the best thing out there — when it comes to black and white drawings at least.

It does tick all the boxes for a notebook/book reader replacement, the only thing I’m not sold on is the name, especially the weird spelling. Can you imagine saying “Hand me my reMarkable, please”? Yeah, me neither.

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Staff picks #3

This week we have a bit of interesting reads, some cool CSS techniques, and some nice design for you to enjoy.

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Staff Picks #2

We’re back with the second edition of staff picks series. We’ve got fonts, illustrations, websites, and a little bit of trivia for you guys this Friday.

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Staff picks #1

We’re kicking off a new thing called “Staff picks” where we’ll be collecting interesting links from around the web and sharing them with you on the Heads-Up! blog.

Heads-Up! is the blog of Superawesome which is a tiny design shop located in Novi Sad, Serbia.

You will find we post a lot about the business side of design, as well as sharing updates about the shop, and hyping stuff we found on the Web.

High fives all around!

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