I frequently use CSS multi-column layout (i.e. column-count: 3) for basic list items limited to words or phrases (like my search page tags list), but I’ve always struggled to make the property work with more complex... Read note
I was inspecting Ethan’s site the other day (as totally normal and well-adjusted people do) and realized he was using one of my favorite tricks where viewport units were combined with em units via calc() for... Read note
I’ve been using Sass variables for quite a while, so I’m interested to see how native CSS variables (AKA CSS custom properties) compare to preprocessor variables.
I’m loving BreakpointTester. It’s a bookmarklet that scans your CSS/breakpoints and displays them all at once. It shows not images, but actual web pages you can scroll, navigate, and even web inspect. Brilliant!
Steve Drucker from Fig Leaf Software recently published Fast Track to Sass. The book uses my CSS Zen Garden Apothecary Theme as the example site—transitioning it from CSS to Sass. Thanks, Steve!
I’ll be leading a workshop (for WRKSHOP) on responsive layouts & prototypes in Austin this April 4th. I didn’t feel confident as a web designer until I got comfortable with CSS layouts, so that’s exactly what... Read note
Brent Jackson (http://jxnblk.com) has been building some really great tools recently. Colorable helps you test color combinations/palettes with WCAG accessibility guidelines in a visual way.
There’s a lot to love about Andrew Lohman’s CSS Zen Garden #221 theme, Mid-Century Modern. In addition to the type, color palette, and imagery, I am particularly fond of the layout itself. Each section flows nicely... Read note
Responsive or not, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t all be designing and building sites on flexible foundations.
I recently got a question about CSS experimentation from Paddy O’Hanlon, and I thought it warranted a quick post.
Chris Coyier’s Icon Fonts are Awesome demo pushed me up to the edge, and seeing how fuzzy image icons look next to ultra-crisp retina display text threw me over. Now, I’m testing out an icon font... Read note
I’ve been working on a responsive project with lots of content that will need to be updated frequently. Rather than using a more traditional HTML & CSS column/grid approach, I opted for column-count to keep everything... Read note
I’ve been tinkering with the font-size and the media queries that trigger width-based changes for this site regularly over the past month. I thought that maxing out at 20px for body copy at widths above 900px... Read note
The time for New Adventures is nearly upon us! I’ve been building slides for my talk as well as prepping materials for my workshop on controlling web typography. The plan is to spend some time exploring... Read note
Molly Holzschlag wrote a great article for .Net Magazine outlining seven things still missing from CSS. She gets into web fonts on #5, which is my favorite. I particularly liked this point:
I recently wrote a tutorial on texturizing web type for .Net magazine (Issue 221). One of my favorite CSS properties for text, mask-image, is covered in-depth from creating a semi-transparent texture in Photoshop to implementing it... Read note
Gene Crawford from UnmatchedStyle asked Paravel to design a page for this year’s CSS Off competition. Over 5,000 front-end developers have entered to show off their skills by taking a PSD we designed and coding it... Read note
After reading this Fontdeck Blog post a few of weeks ago, I dropped an exciting new CSS property into the stylesheet for this blog. Wanting to test hyphenation on all my posts and pages, I applied... Read note
The concept of permanently placing content on a web page for a single browsing width or resolution is becoming a thing of the past.
I’ll be doing double duty this June at Converge SE, teaming up with my Paravel cohorts, Dave & Reagan, for a workshop called Designing with Type on Friday, and speaking about Controlling Web Typography on Saturday.... Read note
Lettering.js was built to solve a problem. As web typography improves, web designers want the same level of control print designers have.
We were thrilled at the Paravel office to see such a great use of Lettering.js on Twitter’s 2010: Year In Review site- specifically on the headline for The 10 Most Powerful Tweets of 2010. Josh Brewer,... Read note
In certain situations, RGBa (red, green, blue, alpha) and HSLa (hue, saturation, lightness, alpha) color values can save the day. It’s widely supported in Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, and IE 9, and when working with box-shadow,... Read note
You’ve gotta appreciate the imageless design elements the CSS box-shadow property makes possible. No more slicing up 3 jpgs to recreate the depth so easily gained in Photoshop. Lately, we’ve been using box-shadow:inset on some Paravel... Read note
I used 100 text-shadows to make the graphic below happen. Sure, it’s excessive, ridiculous and just plain silly. But why, at times, can’t the web be all of those things? I’m all for sensible, well-reasoned CSS,... Read note
IE9 public beta is here, and I’ve had the fair fortune to be recruited by The Friends of Mighty to showcase its support for the Web Open Font Format (WOFF).
Page speed and load times are the foundation for a positive user experience on the web.
Originally when I CSSed the round avatars on the DesignSwap comments area, I used the -webkit-mask-image property. I was really proud of how neat and effective this was until I realized you could apply border-radius to... Read note
I use the column-count & column-gap property on the search page of this site to break my Tags list into 4 columns. Because the content is dynamic, I couldn’t just hard code each column, and I... Read note
I did my fair share of testing this site on an iPad during development. In most cases, the version of Mobile Safari found on the iPad renders pages like any other standards-based browser. Only when I... Read note
Since downloading Safari 5, I’ve been incorporating some new extensions into the ol’ workflow. While I typically use CSSEdit to pick apart code in-depth, Jeremy Hubert’s Live CSS Editing Extension allows Safari users to make quick,... Read note
“Elements that rely only on mousemove, mouseover, mouseout or the CSS pseudo-class :hover may not always behave as expected on a touch-screen device such as iPad or iPhone.”
This morning I saw a couple of tweets from @seangaffney and @maxvoltar about the CSS text-rendering property, which is in the W3C Working Draft. Aesthetically Loyal has outlined the differences in kerning pairs and browser support... Read note
Since launching and outlining the process for the latest version of this site, I’ve had a bit of a type adventure going on. After fielding a variety of questions on the subject, I thought it’d be... Read note
The last version of this site lasted just under a year. That may seem like a short amount of time until you consider how quickly things change on the web.
Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to become acquainted with Brian Hoff through DesignSwap and Dribbble. After being really impressed with his redesign shots for The Design Cubicle , I was thrilled when Paravel got... Read note
With no clear purpose or plan, I’ve resolved to experiment with CSS3 on a regular basis. Some of these note-posts may be more useful and practical than others, but the only way to know for sure... Read note
In another round of CSS3 experimentation, I wanted to see if it was possible to sequentially transition the opacity of 3 or more elements via CSS without having them all begin fading at once. While it... Read note
I had a lot of fun dabbling in CSS3 on a recent post, but had to hold back a bit to keep things looking presentable in most browsers. To carry out the DIN typeface I chose... Read note
Update: Surprise—This post is now outdated & is about a previous version of this site. To learn more about what I’ve got cooking now, click here.