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Fresh Ideas

Author: Tim Wright

Social Shortcodes: Releasing a new WordPress Plugin

Not too long ago when we did a large redesign of our website, one of the goals we set for the staff bio pages was to inject some personality and freshness (no pun intended) into the content. We did this by extending…

Reloading Style Guides with Corkscrew v2

Two years ago we created the first version of Corkscrew, our style guide framework. It was built on a custom JavaScript codebase designed specifically for the needs of our clients; it had its funky little quirks, but it served us well. Today is the…

User Offboarding

In this, the most important episode of The Dirt ever, Mark, Steve and I talk about a term we frankly invented for this show: User Offboarding. We discuss how to let go of your users whether it be through an acquisition, sunsetting…

A Cleaner SVG Fragment Identifier for Implementing Icons

Looks can be deceiving, especially with icons on the Web. There’s a lot of debate over the best way to implement those small graphics next to words in your site or application. We’ve gone through phases of using: individual images, CSS Sprites, icon…

From The Dirt Archive: Maintaining Open Source Projects with Jenn Schiffer

A Re-run! On The Dirt today, please welcome Jenn Schiffer of Bocoup. We talk about the details of contributing to and maintaining open source projects, including: setting maintenance expectations; guidelines for being a good contributor; and how to ignite Jenn’s ire by…

Successful Product Management, pt 2: Brian Donohue of Instapaper

In part 2 of our series on Successful Product Management we have an in-depth conversation with Instapaper CEO, Brian Donohue. Brian takes us through the beginnings of the product and it’s transition from Marco Arment’s baby to ownership by Betaworks. We talk…