Chris Coyier was blunt when he stepped to the front of the room to present his Saturday afternoon talk, “Explore: Digital Creativity Show & Tell:” he doesn’t know much about news. What he does know — and knows intimately — is design.
Coyier is a writer, podcaster, and designer. He’s also one of the co-founders of CodePen (codepen.io), a hub of innovation and creativity that advertises itself as “a playground for the front end web.”
Many of the creations on CodePen — of which there are currently over seven million — are visually stunning. codepen.io/tv cycles through some of the most impressive of these.
Compass CSS3 by Raphael Fabeni
Circles animation by Sam Renault
After exhibiting his own website and designs, Coyier opened the floor to allow fellow web designers space to showcase their work. A designer for The Marshall Project presented “The Record,” a user-friendly system that organizes criminal justice stories by tag and level of interest (generated by Facebook likes).
Another designer introduced a page on the San Francisco Business Times website.
Though news did not feature heavily in his talk, Coyier stressed that creativity is one of the most integral components of design — the very same role it plays in news.
“Certainly the way people feel about a story when they read it is heavily influenced by that [its design],” he said. “A well-set article that loads quickly, that you can scroll through… even down to the typeface itself, if you pick a friendly one versus a very business-y-looking one — it is gonna affect how you digest the news.”