Keeping Current With CSS

I recently got a question about CSS experimentation from Paddy O’Hanlon, and I thought it warranted a quick post.

@TrentWalton I’m reading your interview in the new Insites Book. You mention testing out new CSS. Where do you keep up with what’s new? —@Paddy

My role at Paravel requires me to bounce around from Photoshop to email to my code editor quite a lot. Because of this, I tend to keep my frontend chops up to date with the help of the greater web community (and don’t we all). Here are a few people I’ve learned from recently:

This is in no way a comprehensive list. Above all, resist the urge to try to know everything all the time. Follow your interests and engage in discussion & debate on the things you care about. Read A List Apart, CSS Tricks, and Smashing, but don’t be afraid to dig into what’s happening at The W3C or go off on your own experimental path. As much as keeping up with what’s new can feel like keeping up with the Joneses, it’s important to remember that we always have the opportunity to help define what those new things are.

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  • Josh Long

    Hey Trent!

    Great post. Something that always helps me in addition to learning from people like you’ve listed, is to push your products and stretch yourself to learn new CSS techniques as you need them. If you’re building a new site that lists products and you think it would helpful and sophisticated for the image to flip over (on click) for details, then say “yes” and learn how to code the CSS transition. Seems to be the absolute best way to learn...because you have to:)

  • Johnny Martin

    I feel like not enough people “know” they have the opportunity to go out and mold what’s going on in our own community. At least, I didn’t for the first 8 years of being in the business. I think it’s important that newer designers know that we’re all in this together, and that it doesn’t take 10+ years of experience to contribute.

  • Robert Fauver

    Thanks for the list. Some are familiar, some are not. Time to start clicking!

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