Advent is here and what better way to get through the season than a daily dose of expert industry knowledge with these brilliant advent calendars for designers, developers and web professionals.
Better than chocolate snowmen, right? Advent is upon us as eager families deck the halls and local communities play host to many a z-list celebrity for the annual turning on of Christmas lights. But what about our professional community? How can we ride the wave of Christmas cheer into the big day together?
Well hark the herald angels of the internet and feast your eyes on these rather lovely online advent calendars and sites for designers, developers and web professionals. We’ll update the naughty list as we discover more to share so let us know if you find any. Drop us a tweet @webstarsltd.
“24 ways is the advent calendar for web geeks.”
This lovely set of articles is worth waiting for every year. Well curated, and packed with useful applicable knowledge, it’s a cracker of a way to start the day.
24 Pull Requests
“Now is the time to say thanks to the maintainers of those [open source] projects”
24 Pull Requests is a site dedicated to helping people get involved in contributing to open source projects in the run up to Christmas. It’s a nice way of showing appreciation for some of the tools we use on a daily basis.
“Every day (…) throughout December in the lead-up to Christmas, a delightful little treat is gifted to the UX community”
This one has been running since 2012 and offers expert articles, videos, sketches and more to enrich our UX knowledge while we enrich ourselves on mince pies and the odd tipple here and there.
New: Christmas experiments
"Christmas Experiments is an advent calendar which feature each day a digital artist from the creative coding community…"
Looks like there will be some stunning examples of creative coding on this calendar.
New: Envato market - gift of giving
"A Free Envato Market Item Every Day"
Envato are giving away a different digital product each day. Christmas has come early!
New: 8Faces/Type worship - type & lettering advent calendar
"Type Worship, the official 8 Faces blog has brought together 25 of the world’s most renowned typography and lettering designers to create a Type & Lettering Advent Calendar. Each day, between the 1st and 25th of December, we will reveal a beautiful, custom designed number and artist"
Fancy seeing each day in with some beautiful typographic design? This is the place to go for some decorative lettering worthy of the top spot on your tree.
New: Planet performance - performance calendar
"The speed geek's favorite time of the year"
If you're looking to give your site a speed boost this Christmas have a look here. Some top articles on making things work faster than Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve.
New: Praegnanz.De - Freefont-advent (DE)
Some very nice free fonts showing up here over the advent period, even if you don't speak/read German!
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