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SVG Artboard Sizing

There are a couple of different (rational) approaches to SVG artboard sizing.

The term "Artboard" here is referring to that concept in Illustrator, basically the white drawing area you have for the document. Ultimately it refers to the viewBox in …

October 20, 20148 comments

How To Get Started in Web Design

Here's an answer to how to get started building websites that I fully endorse and isn't vague. This is going to cost a little money, just like learning to play the guitar requires buying a guitar and some accessories. …

October 17, 201439 comments

Sponsor: Creative Market – October Big Bundle

It's always great to have a personal collection of design resources you know that you can use for whatever you like at your fingertips. Vectors flourishes and illustrations, photos, textures, patterns, fonts, layouts, all that good stuff.

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October 16, 2014

A Guide to SVG Animations (SMIL)

The following is a guest post by Sara Soueidan. Sara has a knack for digging deep into web features and explaining the heck out of them for the rest of us. Here she digs into SMIL (and friends), and

October 13, 201423 comments

Sponsored: Stack – Task Management for Dev Teams

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October 9, 2014

Intermediary Pages in a Site Hierarchy

I had a reader write in with an interesting question:

When one has multi-level navigation, do you think it crucial to have an actual page for the top-level item? For instance, About Company, Founder, History.

There isn't really anything worth …

October 8, 201434 comments

When users leave the search box empty…

The following is a guest post by Brin Wilson of WinningWP. Brin wrote to me wanting to do a little advertising for his site. I of course would happily accept that, but even better, since Brin is a

October 7, 201439 comments

The Most Common Questions Asked on ShopTalk

As I type this, Dave Rupert and I have recorded 137 episodes of ShopTalk. ShopTalk is primarily a question-and-answer style show. Dave's early idea was to have it be loosely modeled after the most popular NPR show of all …

October 6, 20148 comments

Responsive Images: If you’re just changing resolutions, use srcset.

If you're implementing responsive images (different images in HTML for different situations) and all you are doing is switching between different versions of the same image (the vast majority of usage), all you need is the srcset attribute on the …

September 30, 201445 comments

Thoughts on Pagination

I've had some disparate thoughts regarding pagination lately, so I thought I'd attempt to organize them in a post. That's how blogging works right?

Consistent Positioning

If there is any way to make sure your pagination buttons don't move, do …

September 29, 201428 comments

The Game of Life

It's not really a "game" - but more like a set of rules by mathematician John Horton Conway. Imagine a grid of cells, like a spreadsheet or a <table>. Each cell is either alive or dead. "Rounds" pass one …

September 25, 201424 comments

Don’t use `picture` (most of the time)

Jason Grigsby:

Unless you're solving for art direction, you don't need to the element. In fact, you're likely doing your users a disservice by using the <picture> element.

I'd wager that the majority of "responsive images" use is serving appropriately …

September 23, 2014

Build Web Layouts Easily with Susy

I've been coming around to the idea of using Susy (a Sass add-on for grids) lately. I like the idea of grids-on-demand, rather than a strict framework (no matter how simple). We even added support to CodePen. Last week I

September 18, 201454 comments

The Bézier Game

A game to help you master the pen tool.

By Mark MacKay.

Early in my career I had a job where a good half of it was cutting detailed clipping paths on photos (using the Pen Tool in Photoshop). We …

September 17, 2014

Getting Started with CSS Shapes

I just watched Jen Simmons give a talk Modern Layouts: Getting Out Of Our Ruts and she had some great examples of how easy CSS shapes are to use, even with safe progressive enhancement. If you haven't heard of them, …

September 17, 2014

Scroll-Then-Fix Content

A reader sent me in a GIF showing off a cool effect they saw on Google on mobile. (Presumably the homepage you see when you launch Chrome on Android?) There is a search input in the middle of the page …

September 17, 201425 comments

A Look at SVG Light Source Filters

The following is a guest post by Joni Trythall. Joni recently finished a Pocket Guide to Writing SVG. I've been excited about SVG for a while now, working with it, learning about it, writing about it... but there is

September 16, 201413 comments

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With the success of their first online cohort, Hack Reactor is happy to announce two new Remote Beta classes. Aspiring engineers no longer need to relocate to San Francisco in order to attend their 12-week immersive JavaScript coding school. Take …

September 15, 2014

AMCSS

"Attribute Modules for CSS"

An idea by Glen Maddern for moving styling with attributes rather than classes. Not an entirely new concept, but it's interesting to give it a name and explain a system based around it. Thoughts:

  • It avoids
September 15, 2014

Give Designers Tools To Get You What You Need

Let's say you're having a healthy back-and-forth between you (a front end developer) and a designer. All the best work comes through collaboration and iteration, right? I believe that. But I also believe there are time traps in there. If …

September 10, 201441 comments

Glitch Effect on Text / Images / SVG

Lucas Bebber's Glitch is a super cool effect. It's like you're looking at some text displayed on a progressive scan monitor that has been dropped on the ground one too many times and so the alignment of the pixels is …

September 8, 201440 comments

Sponsor: Frontend Masters – Expert Web Development Training

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You've got the basics down and don't want to learn from …

September 4, 2014

New Poll: What one specific skill set are you most jealous of?

Rather than ask you what you are already good at, I thought it would be interesting to ask you what do you wish you were good at.

I just picked ten skill sets that all have to do with the …

September 3, 201489 comments

Centering in CSS: A Complete Guide

Centering things in CSS is the poster child of CSS complaining. Why does it have to be so hard? They jeer. I think the issue isn't that it's difficult to do, but in that there so many different ways of …

September 2, 201459 comments

Advantages to Native CSS Variables

I tend to think variables are best left to a preprocessing step, but there are some distinct things that having them directly in CSS can do:

  1. Daniel Imms:

    [they] can change at runtime, allowing the implementation of things like theming

September 1, 2014

Poll Results for “How much do you value your keyboard typing skills?”

Nearly 22,000 CSS-Tricks visitors voted in this one. A majority (72%) voted that they can type well. Only very few (6%) said they had limited typing ability. The rest in the "OK" range. The voting was broken up in a …

August 29, 201421 comments

Sponsored: Hack Reactor – The Original JavaScript Coding School

Hack Reactor is a 3-month immersive coding school focused on computer science fundamentals and JavaScript. With a twofold mission, Hack Reactor works to empower people and transform education through rapid-iteration teaching. Hack Reactor grads work at companies like Google, Adobe, …

August 28, 2014

Design For Community, 13 Years Later

I had heard several people say Design for Community by Derek Powazek is a great book and was published well "before it's time." As someone who works on several sites that I very much think of as community sites, I …

August 27, 20147 comments

What do you do when your design pattern breaks down?

Say you have a module. Every site has modules, right? What do we do when the standard styles for module don't work in a particular situation and we need to alter them?
August 22, 201454 comments

Sponsored: An RSS Reader for Developers

rssheap is a web-based reader for software developers. You subscribe to tags of interest (CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Ruby, etc.), and we find great articles for you to read. Articles are sorted by how many votes they have to ensure you …

August 21, 2014

CSS Guidelines

High-level advice and guidelines for writing sane, manageable, scalable CSS

Feels like a nice culmination of Harry Roberts work the last several years.…

August 20, 2014

Starting CSS Animations Mid-Way

Say you have a @keyframe animation that animates an element all the way across the screen. From off the left edge to off the right edge. You apply it to multiple elements. But you don't want all the elements to …

August 19, 201415 comments

Favicons, Touch Icons, Tile Icons, etc. What All Do You Need?

The following is a guest post by Philippe Bernard. Philippe has done research on what it takes to make a favicon (and all the related graphics and markup) such that you are covered with the best quality output everywhere. Spoiler

August 18, 201490 comments

Effortless Style

Some clever stuff in here regarding styling content that is just regular HTML (perhaps as produced from Markdown). No classes or attributes of any kind, no extra HTML, no JavaScript, no nothin'. Content like that is 1) easier for anyone …

August 16, 2014

How To Add Page Transitions with CSS and smoothState.js

The following is a guest post by Miguel Ángel Pérez. Miguel has been working at Weblinc on ways to transition pages on websites more gracefully. On single-page applications, we have more opportunity for this since we aren't fighting the

August 15, 201434 comments

Sponsor: New Creative Market Bundle! $39 for loads of design resources

Creative Market sells loads of design resources. From high quality stock photography and vector art, to print design and web templates, to really fancy stuff like Photoshop actions for getting awesome effects easily.

Once in a while, they put together …

August 14, 2014

CSS-Tricks Chronicle XVIII

Lots of stuff happening lately and far too long since I've done a Chronicle! Where I've been, where I'm going, things I've done, things I'm doing, etc.


I'm fresh back from a week trip to Iceland. It was the …

August 13, 20143 comments

Swapping Out SVG Icons

Let's say you're using inline SVG and want to change the SVG icon that is displayed in an element on state change, like changing a class or on :hover/:focus. There are a number of ways you can approach that.

Technique…
August 12, 20149 comments

Pure CSS parallax scrolling websites

Keith Clark explains the core concept behind parallax scrolling (e.g. different elements scroll at different rates) with just CSS. It's a devilishly clever (yet simple) combination of 3D transforms to push the element "away" from the screen, affecting it's scroll …

August 11, 2014

Beginner Concepts: How CSS Selectors Work

Are you new to CSS? This article is for you! Perhaps the biggest key to understanding CSS is understanding selectors. Selectors are what allows you to target specific HTML elements and apply style to them. Let's not think about style …

August 9, 201430 comments

Sponsored: Improve website UX with Hotjar Insights

Hotjar Insights is a web app to help you understand your website visitors. It combines a lot of insight tools (that you might pay for separately) into one unified platform. Heatmaps that tell you where your users are clicking. Feedback …

August 7, 2014

Clever Uses for Step Easing

The following is a guest post by Julian Shapiro. Julian has been working on Velocity.js recently, which he has written about here on CSS-Tricks before. Julian lives in a world of animation, so it's no surprise he's collected together

August 5, 201422 comments

Sponsor: MyFonts – Subscription Free Webfonts

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July 31, 2014

CodePen’s CSS

Inspired by Mark Otto's tour of GitHub's CSS and Ian Feather's tour of Lonely Planet's CSS, I thought I would join the party and talk about how we do CSS at CodePen.…

July 30, 2014

JavaScript Event Madness! Capturing *all* events without interference

The following is a guest post by Matthias Christen and Florian Müller from Ghostlab. Ghostlab is cross-browser cross-device testing software for Mac and PC. One of the things I'm very impressed Ghostlab can do is sync the events from

July 28, 201415 comments

CSS Triggers

When you change a CSS properties value, the browser needs to react to your change. Some values change the layout of the page. For instance, a change in width requires the browser to update layout, then "paint" any pixels that …

July 28, 2014

RWD Bloat

Dave Rupert does an in-depth analysis of his own responsive site to figure out where he's at, identify places to improve, and evaluate the idea going around that responsive design is at fault for bloated websites.

Says Dave:

Expect RWD …

July 26, 2014

GitHub’s CSS

Mark Otto takes us on a tour of the CSS of GitHub.com. So great to read a straight-talking bit like this, warts and all.

This is 90% the same as we do things at CodePen. One major difference is that …

July 25, 2014

Guide to Responsive-Friendly CSS Columns

The following is a guest post by Katy Decorah (edited by Jason Morris). Katy was researching CSS columns and how they can work responsively, as there wasn't much information she could find out there on the subject. So, like

July 25, 201427 comments

Sponsored: Tower 2.0 is Here – To Make Git Easy!

The following is a guest post by Tobias Günther. Together with his team, Tobias creates Tower, a Git client for Mac. I personally use it every day. Just this week, they released version 2 of Tower, which I was

July 24, 201415 comments

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