The fine folks behind Panda published a new online magazine for creative professionals called Interface Lovers. The site is packed with interesting interviews, providing a peek into what turns the best designers on about pixels and perfection. Interface Lovers makes its rounds on Twitter, Facebook and Co. and hit number one on Product Hunt. The team gave us a glimpse behind the curtain and told us how they run Interface Lovers with Kirby.

What made the decision to choose Kirby for Interface Lovers?

We love the simplicity and flexibility of Kirby.

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We love the beautiful lazy image loading effect on your site. How did you build this?

We used a combination of plugins. To extract the dominant color of each
image we used the Kirby plugin kirby-dominant-color made by Guillaume Picard. When an image is uploaded to the panel the dominant color is automatically extracted and stored. The lazy loading is achieved using the jquery.lazy plugin.

Habita is an open and transparent coworking hub based in Istanbul, Turkey. Because a new kind of space needed a new kind of site, Habita built theirs on Kirby, putting its rich API and flexible templating system at the service of a bold, information-rich design. Designer L Daniel Swakman walks us through the nuts and bolts of this breakthrough project.

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What makes Habita unique?

The founders of Habita all left corporate jobs to realise their vision of a place where people could come together, pool their knowledge, and hold events — a special place for community and interaction. They wanted the space and the site to reflect these principles of flow and harmony in a modern and culturally meaningful way.

Fournova is a Germany-based software company. Their Git client Tower is loved by thousands of developers and companies world-wide. We talked to their CEO Tobias Günther about why they trust Kirby to run their websites.

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Tower’s Kirby-powered product site is not just a fantastic eye-catcher, but also incredibly well built.

You are developing a very popular Git client for Mac and Windows called Tower. Could you tell us a bit more about your software and the team behind it?

Our goal with Tower is to make version control with Git easy and efficient. With over 70,000 customers in companies like Apple, Google, and Amazon, we make this true for developers and designers all over the world.

At the moment, we’re a team of 8 people working remotely from all over Germany.

The Tower website, your learning platform and your blog run on Kirby. What made you choose Kirby and how does it improve your workflow?

We have a long history with different frameworks and systems — from Wordpress to completely home-grown. The reason we stick with (and love) Kirby is its simplicity: it does things in a completely transparent way. And it’s absolutely lean, almost fat-free! …

With the release of 2.4.0, Kirby also got a brand-new Starterkit. We are very excited to share our ideas and thoughts behind the re-design in this article to give you an insight into the process.

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The old Starterkit felt a little dated and limited. It was perfect for showing the basic functionality of Kirby, but since its inception, Kirby got a lot of new features and the web has also changed. While it is pretty obvious that a Starterkit can neither show every feature of Kirby nor supply a solution to every possible problem, we thought that a Starterkit should provide a better boilerplate for users who are new to Kirby.


The first step was to decide which features should be included in the new Starterkit. We made our decisions based on the typical questions clients and the community ask our support team. A lot of solutions can already be found in our cookbook section in the docs, which was launched earlier this year to provide our users with instructions on how to solve typical problems when developing a website with Kirby. Those recipes are mostly solutions to real-world problems, so we thought that the Starterkit should also incorporate a small, but carefully crafted selection of common use-cases for our CMS. …

After years of hunting the perfect solution to be and stay productive, I think I finally may have found it: a bullet journal

Productivity is such a huge topic and such a personal one. I was on a roller coaster over the last years. Weeks of tremendous energy, motivation and productivity were followed by weeks in deep holes without getting anything done at all.

I tried all sorts of todo apps and techniques. The most promising technique was pomodoro for quite a while. But nothing really stuck or helped me overcome the deep valleys.

Then I read about bullet journals a couple months ago and was intrigued. I loved the idea to move away from digital tools and get back to good old pen and paper. It was also a good chance to finally make use of some of the notebooks I had collected over the years, but which lay unused in a drawer. …

I follow the battles between developer guilds for quite a while and now and then I post my own snarky remarks on Twitter about the latest JS frameworks to join the club.

It’s too easy to get dragged into grumpy-mode these days. Articles like the satire about How it feels to learn JavaScript in 2016 help to release some steam from the ever growing pressure of newer, better, faster, slicker, tools, frameworks, libraries and other toys. But you have to be careful not to get too frustrated and angry.

An article, which made me very much aware of this again, is by one of my personal web heros: David DeSandro. …

This is a little exercise to try remember the things I struggled with, when I got started with web development. It’s too easy to forget about those things after years in business. I think it’s super important to keep the ability to put yourself back into the position of a beginner from time to time in order to not overcomplicate your own work and to not throw the typical “just” and “simply” sentences at other people, who get started.

The following list is not complete or very detailed. It’s really all about writing down some memories quickly. …


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