Aug 16

A Week in Review N.01

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 14:23 — julie

Welcome to our first-ever ‘A Week in Review’. This post gives us the chance to share with you guys everything that has been going on this past week, not only at Envato, but also out in the design community.

Envato Roundup

Phew, what at week it has been! So much has been going on behind the scenes here at Envato this week…

Collis got the ball rolling with the big announcement that all of our marketplaces will now collectively be called Envato Market.
The community team launched our new Envato Market social channels on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
Our long-running Notes blog relaunched as Market Blog.
To celebrate our rebrand, Becca worked hard on launching the The Envato Market Bundle. With $1000 worth of items for only $30, how could you not?
Giancarlo announced two new marketplace features: smarter recommendations on purchase pages, and an awesome ‘trending’ filter on all search results.
The second part of our inspiring Envato Stories series rolled out featuring Muhammad Haris from Themefusion.
Tuts+ celebrated their 8th birthday by offering 6 of their most popular courses for only $20.
Dan announced the roll out of a revamped Elite Author website with a bunch of new rewards, including a trip into outer space!
ImanGM was announced as this months Community Superstar, you should check out his inspiring story.
And so much, much more!

The Design Community

Our big announcement aside, it’s actually been a quiet week out in the design community. There’s not really been any major releases, nor any ground-breaking tools released. But don’t you worry, we have managed to find a bunch of articles and a few small resources for you to explore.

Articles Worth Reading

The Filament Group published a fantastic post on how they make RWD sites load faster.
ReadWrite is claiming that PHP, once the web’s favorite programming language, is on the wane.
For all you Adobe Fireworks purists out there (looking at you Scott), Smashing Mag has published a useful round-up of Fireworks resources.
Keith Clark demonstrated how to create a pure CSS parallax scrolling website.
Jordan wrote about Styleguide Driven Development and how it has been adopted at Envato.
Harry Roberts has been busy writing high-level advice and guidelines for writing sane, manageable and scalable CSS.
Microsoft must be feeling nostalgic at the moment as they have relaunched their original 1994 site on the web.
On Market Blog, Jake explored some of the current portfolio design trends.
Rachel McCollin published a really handy checklist for launching professional WordPress websites.
Speaking of checklists, here is a general workflow checklist for visual designers that work within a team.
Jonathan Cutrell wrote about building StarWars.com.
Have you ever wondered what really happens when someone clicks a Facebook Like button?

Resources Worth Exploring

Shrthnd is a useful little tool that converts CSS properties into shorthand.
Patternbolt is a selection of SVG pattern backgrounds packed into a single CSS/SCSS file.
Marka is a ‘transformable’ icon system that has been designed to work on the web.
The League of Extraordinary Packages is a group of developers who have got together and built solid and well tested PHP packages.

…and finally…

Does anyone remember Geocities? If you do, then you’re in for a treat! I found Geocities-izer a few days ago and I can’t stop playing around with it.

Have a good weekend guys

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