Thursday, January 11th, 2018
Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
An extract from Richard’s excellent book, this is a deep dive into styling tables for the web (featuring some CSS I had never even heard of).
Tables can be beautiful but they are not works of art. Instead of painting and decorating them, design tables for your reader.
(It also contains a splendid use of the term “crawl bar.”)
Wednesday, November 1st, 2017
Good advice on writing code that is understandable to your fellow humans (and your future self).
Thursday, October 19th, 2017
It must be the day for documenting the history of CSS. Here’s an article by Aaron on the extraordinary success story of CSS Grid. A lot of the credit for that quite rightly goes to Rachel and Jen:
Starting with Rachel Andrew coming in and creating a ton of demos and excitement around CSS Grid with Grid by Example and starting to really champion it and show it to web developers and what it was capable of and the problems that it solves.
Then, a little bit later, Jen Simmons created something called Labs where she put a lot of demos that she created for CSS Grid up on the web and, again, continued that momentum and that wave of enthusiasm for CSS Grid with web developers in the community.
Wednesday, August 9th, 2017
Some of these really tickle my fancy bone.
That’s the icing on the iceberg
You let the horse out of the cart
What planet are you living under?
That opens a whole other kettle of fish
The cat’s out of the barn
Patience comes to those who wait
That’s right up my cup of tea
Sunday, June 25th, 2017
This is a fun game (I scored a measly 73/100). The idea is to develop a feeling for the balance between font-size, line-height, and line length …just like the three sides of an equilateral triangle.
Too many of them still set line-height, font size and line width as independent features when in fact they should all be considered together. The equilateral triangle is a perfect representation of how the three features work in harmony.
Saturday, December 10th, 2016
A fascinating piece by Eleanor on the typographic tweaking that the Wellcome team did to balance the competing needs of different users.
Monday, October 31st, 2016
Adam Silver has written a free online book all about writing maintainable CSS. It dives straight into naming things and takes it from there.
MaintainableCSS is an approach to writing modular, scalable and of course, maintainable CSS.
Sunday, October 23rd, 2016
Dave’s Kickstarter project looks like it could be very handy on Fridays a beer o’clock in the Clearleft office.
Thursday, October 6th, 2016
Eric walks through a really nice use of CSS shapes and
@supports on a page of the An Event Apart site.
It’s a nice little illustration of how we can use advanced features of CSS right now, without the usual wait for widespread support.
Monday, August 8th, 2016
Adult training represents a way into coding for millions of women who never learnt when they were younger. Meetups such as those run by organisations such as Women Who Code and Codebar can introduce women to the collaborative, problem-solving world of programming.
Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
Jason breaks down the myths of inputs being tied to device form factors. Instead, given the inherent uncertainty around input, the only sensible approach is progressive enhancement.
Now is the time to experiment with new forms of web input. The key is to build a baseline input experience that works everywhere and then progressively enhance to take advantage of new capabilities of devices if they are available.
Saturday, June 11th, 2016
Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
I really, really like this approach. I’ve used something similar in my responsive design workshops, where I get people to break things down into nouns and verbs (objects and actions). I think there’s a lot of crossover with good URL design here too—this is kind of like REST for UX designers.
Monday, March 28th, 2016
Some good thoughts in here about writing scalable CSS …although the finger-pointing at sites (that are shipping at scale) reminds me a bit of that quote by copywriter Paul Butterworth: “Where the heck were you when the page was blank?”
Thursday, February 11th, 2016
Thursday, January 14th, 2016
Separated at death
Jeremy Keith looks a bit like Alan Rickman’s Severus Snape in Harry Potter.
I have to start off by saying—and maybe this will come as no surprise—but you look a lot to me like the guy who plays Snape on Harry Potter. Do you get that? Do you get that a lot?
I just figured out who @adactio looks exactly like. Try and guess.— Amber Weinberg (@amberweinberg)
@amberweinberg Please don’t say Severus Snape.— Jeremy Keith (@adactio)
@adactio lololol I admit, last night when you were bundled up in a scarf you looked SO like him that’s exactly why I thought— Amber Weinberg (@amberweinberg)
Another conference, another person telling me I remind them of Severus Snape. Never Alan Rickman, mind …only ever Alan Rickman as Snape.— Jeremy Keith (@adactio)
RIP Alan Rickman :-( I always thought he looked a bit like @adactio— Ian Devlin (@iandevlin)
Thursday, December 17th, 2015
Well, this is rather lovely!
I nodded along with host Jen Simmons and guest Jeremy Keith saying some very smart things about the web and its roots as the El train cut across Philadelphia. But at the 48-minute mark things got weird, because Jen and Jeremy basically started writing my column for me while I listened.
Read on for some great advice on conquering your inner critic.
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
I’m so proud of Charlotte right now: last week she gave a conference talk and today she has an article published in A List Apart. Superb work on both fronts!
She does a great job of talking through a collaborative exercise to help teams move from thinking in pages to thinking in patterns.
Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
Very thoughtful and sensible thinking from Paul.