Welcome to our 38th weekly roundup and our very first of 2017!
We hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year – we certainly did! We're excited to get back to into providing you with the best design & development resources from across the web. So, let's get into it!
4 Ways I’ve F*cked up as a Designer
Photo: Nina Geometrieva
What better way to start the year than with an introspective look at how you've messed up over the years as a designer. Nina Geometrieva does just that (sure, it was published last July but that's not the point) with a brutally honest look at how she's tried many things during her time as a designer, and how some of them just didn't pay off.
Photo: CSS Peeper
I spend a good amount of my time online bookmarking sites I love, seeing what font combinations they use, seeing how they utilise colour and space, wondering if they use SVG over PNG etc, but it’s an arduous task to constantly inspect element a site, just to curb curiosity.
CSS Peeper is a Chrome extension that allows easy snooping of site styles. It shows the size of the css file, load time of the site - plus all typography and base colours used. Not only that, but it also allows export all assets found on the site which is an incredible time saver when you need to grab some imagery!
Piwik is a free open analytics platform built on PHP and MySQL and is created to be an alternative to google analytics. Piwik is designed with a focus on data ownership, allowing users to download, install and track as many websites as they require by self-hosting piwik. By doing this, Piwik offers a level of transparency that isn’t currently available on Google Analytics this also makes Piwik unlimited in terms usage compared to GA which has data collection limits.
Both platforms offer a premium service with Piwik’s main feature being the ability to host it in the cloud and skip any technical setups. Piwik’s most expensive premium options also cost considerably less than GA.