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ThinkTank. ideas and inspiration for designers and developers.

It's been a while since I've sent out a newsletter. I got extremely busy with other projects and burnt myself out. This newsletter was a temporary casualty. My apologies. 

"One of the things I have observed, looking back historically, is how elegant a seventeenth-century book looks. One of the reasons it looks so elegant is because of the restrictions: there was only one typeface available, there weren’t that many fonts, and virtually all you could do was play with sizes, italics, and so forth."
—Colin Forbes

I still struggle with overthinking or over-engineering projects. I've noticed that my best work always comes when there are restrictions in place. Deadlines help, but hard restrictions do the trick. In fact, this newsletter is a great example. I restricted myself to a plain template made by MailChimp. Had I custom made this, I would have been tweaking the layout for days. 

My challenge to you: create restrictions. For example, pick a software stack for your next project and stick to it. Only allow the use of a very strict color palette. Only use vanilla JavaScript, no libraries or frameworks. Sure you can find ways to work around the restrictions and the challenges that pop up, but I think you'll be happier with the results if you work through them. 
Inspiring work and articles of the week:
Stripe Open Source
Front-end principles for designers
Forums made simple

Learn the Google Maps JavaScript API v3
Pixar in a box
Learn the command line
Developing iOS 8 Apps with Swift (a Stanford course)

Project Idea:
The plain text password black list - It's 2015 and there are still organizations storing passwords in plain text. No hashing, nothing! This is an obvious security issue. Create a blacklist of offending sites. Follow it up with a Chrome plugin that alerts the user to the issue when they begin to create an account on the blacklisted site.

A little fun:
Googles “vertical center div css” for the 100th time
The design pricelist

Question of the week:
I'm considering adding a design and coding challenge to the newsletter. It would be a great way to stay sharp and practice for job interviews. Interested? If so, respond and let me know. If there is enough interest, I'll add it.

Share what you find!
We all run across great resources every day. Please send me links to the best stuff you've found. Inspiring work, tutorials, resources, etc. I'll add the best ones to upcoming newsletters.

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