University Marketing & Communications

April 17, 2014

Friday link roundup

By Kilian Frey

Every day, members of the Web Team share awesome things from around the Web amongst ourselves. The beauty of being a cross-disciplinary team that ranges from content specialists to developers is that what we share is broad but fascinating in scope. In a typical week we might find an article about best practices for email newsletter content and a lighter-weight framework for responsive sites. But we’ve never shared any of these finds with you. Until now.

Kilian is the new hotness for design trends these days, and the blur effect they use in their headers is just so smooth. Matt Duvall has a nice writeup on how this effect is done, and for a slight variation, Chris Coyier at made his own.


Data visualizations are getting popular with developers and designers alike. They can help show off pride points, explain our place in time or even explain what’s going on in the Game of Thrones. Look no further than D3.js to see how it’s done.


Facebook Paper is the first product to come out of Creative Labs, a new division of Facebook focused on developing ideas and apps that exist independently from the overall Facebook framework. The app interface is sleeker and better-looking than the traditional Facebook app, plus it lets you experience the social media site in a new, fun way.


Free Final Cut Pro filters – Luca Visual FX has a collection of awesome free filters and transitions to make your movies look cool. Compatible with Final Cut Pro 6 and 7. I like the Intermittent Flash Transition the best.


Comprehensive study of content and brand visibility on Google+ – Ever wonder why you should invest time and energy in Google+, even though it feels like no one’s using it? This detailed analysis answers that very question with case studies, actionable tips, statistics and a visual guide to little-known features.


Interesting multimedia feature from The Guardian about the garment industry in Bangladesh. This story relates well to the recent news that UW will require licensees to sign the Bangladesh Accord.


If you’re looking for a really simple and effective explanation of how the “Heartbleed” bug works, check out this xkcd comic. If you’re interested in a more in-depth and technical explanation, this post titled Diagnosis of the OpenSSL Heartbleed bug is for you.