Creating a custom WordPress theme can be a bit of a pain. Not with Underscores.me though… Enter a theme name (and some other info, optionally) and hit “generate”. A nice blank theme, including default styling for elements will start downloading in a zip file. Very slick, and a great starting point for building your own custom WordPress theme. You can find out more about the Underscores project in this Themeshaper post: “A 1000-Hour Head Start: Introducing The _s Theme”.
The lineage and continual development process of _s gives you what I like to call a 1000-hour head start. That’s the approximate number of design and development hours you get for free every time you use it in a project. Weeks and weeks of refinement by dozens of WordPress theme experts over several years that you don’t have to do.
Ian Storm Taylor tells us that Media Queries are the wrong tool for responsive design. What we really need is Element Queries.
Writing modular code is about making small objects, and making them self-contained. Media queries don’t let you do that. In most cases, you don’t actually care about the width of the entire document (or screen), you care about the width of your element.
Here’s another awesome talk from Creative Mornings NY. This time it’s the legendary designer you may not have heard of, George Lois. Here he talks about culture in the sixties and manipulating photographs for the covers of Esquire Magazine.
If you include hint text inside your form’s text boxes, many users—quite likely, the majority—will interpret the hint text as a default. If that’s what you want, go right ahead. Otherwise, think of another way of helping your users.