AMPlifying the web

I’ve seen a decent amount of open questions and controversy around the recently announced AMP project, a joint-effort by many publishers and platforms to improve the user experience of news and media sites. It all mostly boils down to how early we are in the lifecycle of AMP: There simply isn’t enough public documentation up […]

Trust Issues


The trusty little button What happens when you click a button a 100 times and it does the same thing every time you click it? You start to develop a relationship with said button. You now trust the button to do the thing it did before when you click it the 101st time. This trust is a fundamental […]

When IE gave us beautiful, fast touch interactions, and nobody cared.

It’s very hard to build a responsive, touch-enabled carousel. Or any draggable container. So hard, in fact, that many (ok Hacker News, a few! 5 in fact.) years ago at Zynga, we’ve spent months to build our own scrolling abstraction that handled the calculations for smooth scrolling, panning and zooming. That project was the Zynga Scroller, […]

Ubisoft Propaganda

I rarely post commentary. But Ubisoft trying to look smart by suggesting that lower frame rates are better anyway, after I spent many months writing an extended explanation as to why high frame rates matter? Yeah, nice try. Ubisoft made headlines when suggesting 30 fps in games “feels better for players”, after announcing their decision to cap Assassin’s […]

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Rate this app

Instead of following the suggestion in my sketch, please click “Yes” whenever you see this dialog and give the app a negative App Store rating stating the same reasons. Thanks!

Getting thrown out at the wrong station


You know that system where children are forced to exit at a different subway station than adults? You don’t? Well, let me explain it to you. More and more cities are testing a subway system where adults can normally exit on every station, but children are required to use a different door that only opens at a dedicated […]

Open source project ideas

Attention:  Unicorns are as real as advice in this article. As much as I hate to add an obvious disclaimer, I would hate it even more if actual juinors followed this! Now go and enjoy me breaking out of my usual serious role and have a little fun :) So you’re a junior web developer […]

Winning for users, not developers


I’ve seen people almost burst into tears when confronted with the fact that their favorite technology is loosing market share, for no particular reason. This is nuts. The “native vs. web” battle on mobile is turning into a battle about technology alone. Why do you want the mobile web to win? If your answer is […]