It’s easy to forget how much we get done over the course of a year. Sometimes it’s good to take note of what we have achieved, and think about next year.
2015 was busy. I learned a lot and published more than ever. Here are some highlights.
In January I registered the domain cssanimation.rocks, with the intention of writing a book. While that didn’t happen, I did manage to create a 4-week email course and write 15 in-depth CSS tutorials. The site has been well received, with over 500,000 views and more than 850 people taking part in the course.
Writing and speaking
Outside of the CSS tutorials, I managed to write two articles for Tuts+, and the opening article for 24 Ways. I’ve also finished an article that should, fingers crossed, feature in Net Magazine in a couple of months.
I was lucky enough also to be asked to speak at Defuse Dublin. It was possibly the most nerve-wracking 5-minute talk I’ve ever done but well worth doing. It’s on Youtube here. I also got to take part in a Boagworld podcast.
I also started a meetup, CodePen Dublin. We met 3 times and had some great chats about front-end development and working in Dublin.
A problem I often face is trying to do everything at once. I’d like to try to continue to improve my focus this year, and put my energy into a small number of projects. Practicing mindfulness is something I’ve been trying recently and I think it’ll help.
I learned a lot in producing the CSS Animation course, and I’m keen to make another course or two this year and do it even better.
This year will be a huge one for UX, front-end performance (including offline design principles and making single page apps faster), and it’ll be great seeing browsers continue to improve their support of service workers and other awesome tools.
A good 2016 for me will be one in which I continue to learn, give back to the community, and find a balance between family time and working time that works for both.
Articles on CSS Animation:
- Twitter's "fave" animation
- Animating pseudo-elements
- Animating List Items
- Baymax in CSS
- Transitions vs Animations
- Apple Watch Dials
- Animation Principles for the Web
- Mac Plus CSS
- WWDC 2015
- Buffer's loading animation
- Portal CSS
- Stereoscopic CSS
- Star Wars
- Why Animate
International CSS Animation homepages:
- العربية (Arabic)
- 中国 (Chinese)
- Danske (Danish)
- Deutsch (German)
- Français (French)
- 日本語 (Japanese)
- Nederlands (Dutch)
- Português (Portuguese)
- Polski (Polish)
- Türkçe (Turkish)
- Boagworld podcast: How to market and promote your digital business
- 24 Ways: Animating your Brand
- Tuts+: Adding appeal
- Tuts+: Inspiring CSS Animations on CodePen
- Defuse Dublin: Animating your Brand (Talk)
- Hop.ie: Dan O'Neill (Interview)
- Hop.ie: Launching a new website
- Hop.ie: From Blog to Product
- Hop.ie: Building an audience