Tech Stew - Issue #3

Another round of cool tools and services found its way into the Tech Stew newsletter. Hopefully, you may find one or the other useful, too!

Animate.css – Just-add-water CSS animations?

Animate.css Github page

Micro-Animations bring a page to life. A little animation here and there - no more. A nice choice for small effects is the CSS library Animate.css. Whether "wobble", "shake", "swing" or "zoomOutLeft", there is something for everyone...

Figma - A grandiose name for the new star in the UI/UX sky

Figma is for teams

For quite some time now, Sketch has been the "de facto" application of choice for UX and UI designers. In the last one to two years, however, new challengers have come onto the scene who want Sketch to challenge the Crown. Figma receives a lot of attention - and not only because the name FIGMA is so outstanding in conversations [ least in German..] :) Figma is a web app and runs as such either directly in the browser or through a light client on any current operating system (Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS...). Working with it feels nevertheless absolutely smooth. In contrast to Sketch, Figma is based on the principle of collaboration with others right from the start. And as a big highlight of the new version, 3rd party plugins are now available to make working even easier and faster. Be careful, Sketch!

idyll - Make data experienceable in blog posts

Create data-driven stories and explorable explanations.

I came across the idyll-toolkit when I read an article about JPEG compression of images (which is by the way excellently written and highly recommended!). In order to make the individual steps of the compression easier to understand, the authors use dynamic examples again and again, in which you can set parameters yourself and thus intervene in the compression in a playful way. These examples were implemented again with idyll, which describes itself as "markup language and toolkit for writing interactive articles". It sounds great, but it's best to take a look at the examples.

Kialo - For all those who have had enough of populist argument satire

Explore debates about different topics

An open exchange of arguments is one of the cornerstones of democracy. Unfortunately, even in our societies today (again) we all too often see a battle of fundamental extremes taking place instead of a constructive exchange of ideas and debate. The declared aim of Kialo is to counteract this and to offer all interested parties a platform for a considerate, prudent and thoughtful exchange. No matter if it is about the big questions of mankind or about small things like "Is TV bad for people?", Kialo presents all the different views and arguments of the participants in a clear, structured and comprehensible way. A great example of how technology can bring us all forward as a society. Hats off!

Brave - The browser for a new web..

Brave Shields block ads and trackers

..a web where Google, Facebook, Amazon and Co. do not follow us every step of the way and determine which advertisements we see, when and where. Instead, Brave tries to implement a radically new overall concept in which everyone can decide for themselves how much advertising they want to see. The more ads you allow, the more BAT (Basic Attention Token) you get. These, in turn, can be assigned to content creators such as companies, blog operators, news editors, or even individual authors - either as a percentage of a monthly distribution or as a one-time donation (where one BAT at the time of writing corresponds to a value of CHF 0.19). Brendan Eich, the inventor of JavaScript and co-founder of Mozilla, is one of the people behind the idea. The Brave browser itself uses Chromium under the hood, the same engine as Chrome, Opera or the new version of the Microsot Edge browser (hüstl) currently under development.

Thats all folks!

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