059: With Lara Hogan

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This week we were joined by Lara Hogan, formerly UX manager at Dyn and now a manager of mobile web at Etsy. Lara has long been a champion of web performance, UX, and being a good front end developer. We talk about (roughly in order):

News ‘n’ Links ‘n’ Drama

Q & A

  • 27:35 What up with gzipping?
  • 31:37 If you use styles for literally only one page, shouldn’t that be a <style>?
  • 34:50 If you could attend only one conference, what would it be?
  • 37:40 How much third part “stuff” is too much?
  • 58:43 What kind of skills do you need to get a job at an agency?
  • 49:31 What kind of device should you get for testing retina?


  • mulegoat

    Great show and awesome guest. Loved the bit on problem solving and interviewing. Although I was a little disappointed there were no sfx lifted from Dumb & Dumber…’Sammy, Sanny, Swammy’ ??

  • Basti

    If I’m not mistaking, Google Pixel has it’s own display. Not retina. It’s also a little higher in pixel density.

    • Ah. I was kinda thinking “retina” was just a tech term referring to the fact that the human eye can’t make out the pixels. But it does seem like Apple is trying to trademark it.

  • I want to mention during this episode a question concerning how to test responsive sites for ios devices came up and I would like to share my approach.
    I personally use xcode simulator on mac osx and my tablet pc to test for ie.

    Before i would visit a nearby best buy to test on their ios devices and ask friends with ios to tell me what they saw when visiting my dev site.lol Not very practical.