Scourge of browser vendors everywhere, WaSP buzzed its last in March. Dave Shea’s CSS Zen Garden celebrated its tenth anniversary in May. Is web development growing up at last? This is year nine of 24 ways. Next year we will be ten — how shall we celebrate?
The World Wide Web was twenty-one years old in August. During the same month that HTML5 was designated a Candidate Recommendation by the W3C, 24 ways covered issues of performance as part of responsive web design, CSS and preprocessing, responsive images (again) and design systems.
In October, Steve Jobs died. The thorniest part of responsive web design, and an arena for many competing and dissenting voices was images. 24 ways tackled that and many other issues head on: conditional loading; front-end style guides; icon fonts; and the importance of side projects.
In April, the iPad; in May, Ethan Marcotte’s “Responsive Web Design” was published by A List Apart, and A Book Apart published HTML5 for Web Designers by Jeremy Keith; and then in June, the iPhone 4’s Retina screen changed the web development landscape. 24 ways sprinkled its Christmas pudding with CSS3, including animations and transforms, a little light content strategy, and some thoughts about the web designer of tomorrow.
A year when books were winning (Five Simple Steps published A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web by Mark Boulton and Designing with Web Standards by Jeffrey Zeldman and Ethan Marcotte reached its third edition) and the web was losing (Yahoo! closed Geocities). Significant progress was made with web fonts and HTML5, and 24 ways delivered the Christmas gifts again.
This year saw Apple’s App Store open, and the release of Android 1.0 and Google Chrome 1.0. Taking all that in its stride, 24 ways brought its seasonal perspective to bear on business, with articles on project management, the path from design to development, how to charm clients, and killer contracts. Also, a first look at modular layout systems. Pulse, meet finger.
Apple launched the iPhone in June; Amazon released the Kindle in November — a big year. At three, 24 ways was as diverse as ever, taking a detailed look at font stacks, website performance, working with clients and markup.