A lot like building a house

Naga IT Services
Filed under: Industry, Reading

Aaron Gustafson wrote a well-reasoned post about Progressive Enhancement vs. Hardboiled Design yesterday. In it he describes Progressive Enhancement more eloquently than I can (although he also uses a house analogy), and explains how it’s not at odds with the “Use the latest and greatest technology right now” approach that Hardboiled Web Design champions. Being a big fan of both approaches, this made me very happy. There’s no reason not to use the latest tech, as long as it’s applied in a stepped, responsible, manner.

Progressive Enhancement is all the more important in the industry at the moment because of the meteoric rise of Mobile First Responsive Design. Applying Progressive Enhancement in this context means starting with a small screen, low capability device, and adding features as screen size and device capability increases.

Aaron’s post jumped off from A plea for progressive enhancement, which reminded me to hit up Yiibu’s excellent Slideshare page. I’ve grabbed copies of the most recent three, which I somehow missed, and have them lined up for reading matter when I travel later this week.

Adaptive Web Design (Aaron’s book) is an excellent read, and I highly recommend it. It’s clear, concise, and offers excellent practical advice. I find that it goes very well with Filament Group’s Designing with Progressive Enhancement. Adaptive Web Design was quite a fast read, but great at getting the ideas across and making them stick. Designing with Progressive Enhancement is dense and a bit heavy going at times, but is an excellent resource and is jam-packed with fully worked examples. I would call both required reading!

4 Responses to A lot like building a house

    • CT-SPIN’s been on my radar for a little while, but I was sort of under the impression that its focus didn’t quite match my interests. Some of the recent talks listed on the site sound interesting, though, so I’ve duly subscribed to the RSS and mailing list. Thank you for the reminder / prod!

      Re talk: wow! The prospect of giving a talk on these ideas is equals parts exciting and intimidating. Although I’m interested and passionate about these topics, I’m not sure that I’m quite high profile or high level enough to give a talk on them. Perhaps I should give it some thought…

      • As an occasional spin-attender and (like many of the spin folk) relative newbie to the web tech I thought your writing around these issue was clear and concise – I would be interested in your talk.

        • Thank you, very nice of you to say so.
          I’ll attend a few talks and see if I think I could match level and quality of content and delivery.

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