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Template and Notes from my Deseret Digital Workshop

Last week I was in Salt Lake City to do a workshop for Deseret Digital. Like my last workshop, we used the time to literally build a website from scratch. I think this live coding style is a decent …

November 5, 20129 comments

Web Developer Economics: The Wrapup

We started this series to get a look at the financial ins and outs of a web developer these days. Now we can wrap it all up by looking at the numbers all together.

We looked at:

November 2, 201238 comments

Dropdown Default Styling

There has always been big differences across how different browsers handle form styling. There probably always will be - because UI design choices aren't described in the specs. Browser makers perhaps view this as one of the ways they can …

November 1, 201241 comments


The next generation of Zen Coding. Essentially it gives you shortcuts you can type that expand into full HTML or CSS. Like nava*8 will expand into a <nav> tag with eight links inside it with empty hrefs. Or, try …

November 1, 2012

CSS-Tricks Store Now Open!

T-Shirts and Hoodies, now available anytime. Imagine one of these babies wrapped up with a bow on it under a tree. RIGHT?…

October 30, 2012

Display Form <progress>

Imagine you have a form with 10 required fields on it. That's a bit larger than your average form on the internet and a good bit of work for a user. You might lose some users along the way, which …

October 30, 201218 comments

New & interesting examples of movement in interaction design, curated by Chambers Judd.…

October 29, 2012

Web Developer Economics: Hardware Costs

This will be the last part of this mini series about Web Developer Economics before we wrap it up and look at the numbers together. We already looked at:

October 29, 201243 comments

ShopTalk Episode 40

Dave and I talk with Laura Kalbag, a freelance designer from the UK with a fresh perspective on just about everything. We talk about process, selling responsive web design, software choices, and more.

Thanks very much to PeepCode and InControl

October 29, 2012

CSS-Tricks Chronicle VII

In which the events of the day are transcribed upon bits and bytes and stored in the databii of the invisible clouded sea.
October 28, 201216 comments

Web Developer Economics: One Off Software Costs

We kicked this little series off talking about monthly service costs, then started a poll about earnings, now let's keep it going and talk about software again. This time, software that you only buy once. Maybe it has …

October 26, 201299 comments


You know those online slideshows where the text for new slides three dimensionally rotates in? Those are made with Reveal.js by Hakim El Hattab. Now there is a web app for creating them so it's even easier.…

October 25, 2012

Flexbox Will Help App-Like Layout

Quick video from simurai demonstrating how flexbox is well suited for web app (as opposed to web site) layouts. It gets extra compelling when combined with some simple media queries. …

October 25, 2012

The Big Web Show Episode #74

Jeffrey Zeldman (!) and I talk about some of my projects, some of his, and modern CSS concerns like baseline grids and retina images.…

October 19, 2012

A Line In The Sand, A Story About Meaty Chili and Using Classes

In college I worked at a bar. The bar had a small kitchen and served typical American bar food: burgers, wings, and soup. We had two soups, one would rotate, one was always chili. We hand-made the chili every week. …

October 19, 201275 comments

Updated :nth Tester

Just a quick post to note that I've updated the :nth Tester page to hopefully be a bit more useful than it was before. The purpose of the page is to learn in an interactive way how the selectors :nth-child,

October 18, 201217 comments

David Walsh on Redesigning with Sass

A guest post by David Walsh who writes about his experience as a first time Sass user redesigning his own website with it.
October 17, 201249 comments

New Poll: Personal Earnings from Completed Client Sites

New poll! This is going to be part of a little series on "web developer economics" that we got started with this post on monthly costs. Let's focus on incoming cash instead of outgoing for a moment.

For those …

October 16, 201273 comments

Smashing Mag CSS Q&A 4

The fourth installment of my Q&A series on Smashing Magazine features questions about SVG fallbacks, vertical rhythm, retina media queries, and several more.…

October 16, 2012

ShopTalk Episode 38

Another RAPIDFIRE! Just Dave and me answering questions, like how to print background colors and what people should learn next. (classic). Thanks to Mijingo and InControl Conf for sponsoring.…

October 11, 2012

Poll Results: Do you listen to music while you work?

Our latest poll asked the question:

Do you listen to music while you work?

We got over 20,000 votes and a slew of written responses. The most popular answer? Always, with 45% of the vote. Here's how the results …

October 11, 201254 comments


Dale Sande and I chat about Sass on his new podcast.…

October 11, 2012

Three Line Menu Navicon

A universal symbol for "menu" has been on a lot of people's minds lately. ("Navicon", get it?!). Jordan Moore wrote up a big article on it for Smashing Magazine. Jeremy Keith wrote about it. Stuart Robson wrote about it

October 10, 201292 comments

Compass Compiling and WordPress Themes

If you're a WordPress theme builder and a Sass/Compass user, first, yay you are awesome! Second, there is this little issue that will probably crop up for you regarding compile locations, so let's solve it now.

There are two very …

October 9, 201262 comments


Eventually, we'll all be writing code in the browser. It just makes too much sense. What will get us there is projects like this which make the experience better instead of the same.…

October 9, 2012

Aims to be the canonical non-vendor-specific documentation of web features. The major browser vendors are on board. It's in "alpha" so things are a little rough.

A noble goal, to be sure, but it feels strange to me. If Mozilla …

October 9, 2012

box-shadow vs filter: drop-shadow

Lennart Schoors shares that filter: drop-shadow(); isn't just box-shadow in disguise, it's way more useful. Essentially, it follows the rendered shape of any element (including pseudos). This makes shapes like these even more compelling than they already were, eh?…

October 8, 2012

Responsive Web Design Weekly

This email newsletter by Justin Avery is a good way to keep up with all the latest news, implementations, techniques, and what-have-you with the biggest web sea change since CSS.…

October 8, 2012

Web Developer Economics: Monthly Service Costs

Dave Rupert once asked people on Twitter about all the web services they paid for and it looked like he received a lot of interesting replies. I thought I'd blog mine and get the ball rolling on sharing lists of …

October 8, 2012102 comments

CSS-Tricks Chronicle VI

In forthwith I expound upon the events of the day and lay jolly hyperlinked words of great relevance.
October 7, 201212 comments

Digging Into WordPress v3.4

Jeff Starr has updated our co-authored book to cover the new things in WordPress 3.4, update various content, and update the ALL AJAX theme that comes with it.

This is the 10th update to the book. Pretty cool that there …

October 5, 2012

Custom User @mixins

Mixins are one of the most useful and compelling reasons to use a CSS preprocessor. CSS3 is a classic example but we already have those available in any project through Compass. In this post I share some examples of custom user-authored mixins that are useful to specific projects.
October 4, 201223 comments

CanIUse on GitHub has the most comprehensive browser support charts for web features. Now we can help Alexis Deveria keep it that way by contributing on GitHub.…

October 3, 2012

Live Weather Display Using CSS, jQuery and PHP

In which Darren Jamieson of Engage Web explains how he visually emulates the weather on the top header of using all sorts of fun technology.
October 1, 201241 comments

Notes from my BD Conf Workshop

Notes from a workshop I recently did. More useful if you were actually at the workshop, but there might be some useful stuff in here even if you weren't.
September 29, 20126 comments

Receding Background Modal Boxes

In which we reverse engineer the really cool effect of Hakim El Hattab's Avgrund demo. Visually pleasing, but also an effective and clear design pattern for modal/dialog boxes.
September 28, 201225 comments

ShopTalk Episode 36

A RAPIDFIRE episode of ShopTalk where Dave and I answer questions with no guest, no news, no drama. Well maybe some drama. Big thanks to ConvergeFL (coming up next week in Tallahassee, Florida!) and CSS Dev Conf for sponsoring. …

September 27, 2012

Mo’ Pixels Mo’ Problems

Repeat after Dave Rupert:

Use CSS and web type whenever possible. Use SVG and icon fonts whenever applicable. Picturefill raster graphics.…

September 27, 2012


Paul Irish:

The past few years’ browser focus on speed has been great for us and our users. We’ve seen a huge and dramatic performance boost on benchmarks like Sunspider, Kraken, and Octane. But, these benchmarks, often crafted by JavaScript …

September 25, 2012

CSS FilterLab

Little one page tool from Adobe for playing with filters (blur, grayscale, brightness, etc). Filters are working in stable Chrome and Safari 6 now. I predict filters to be a huge trend in 2013 as browser support grows and designers …

September 24, 2012

CSS-Tricks Chronicle V

This week in things that by for which have transpired and thus exude fresh relevancy upon theyself.
September 21, 201218 comments

ShopTalk Episode 35

This week Dave and I were joined by Brad Frost. The overall theme is responsive design and we end up addressing quite a few nuanced issues and concerns with it. Big thanks to Harvest and Environments for Humans for sponsoring. …

September 21, 2012

Using LESS as a Live CSS Engine

Andrew Powers of PageLines explain how they use LESS in their product to give it some neat features.
September 20, 201232 comments

Multi-line Text Overflow Ellipsis

Bonafide CSS trick from Roman Rudenko. Ultimately, I hope line-clamp becomes a real thing.…

September 19, 2012


Open-Dyslexic is a new open sourced font created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia.

#Lazyweb: They have an iOS app, but someone should make a bookmarklet to swap out the font on page with this font for desktop browsers. …

September 19, 2012

Responsive Measure

A jQuery plugin by Josh Brewer and Mark Christian that adjust the font size based on your ideal line length to keep a consistant typographic measure across all screen sizes. Kinda like FitText.js but for use on body copy. The …

September 19, 2012

WordPress Plugins I Use

I think this is a fun and useful style of post that any WordPress blogger can do. It's always interesting to hear in what ways people are extending what WordPress can do out of the box. I'll share the ones …

September 19, 2012127 comments

ShopTalk Episode 34

This week Dave and I were joined by Jeremy Keith, long time super genius. We talk about the lack of a main content element in HTML5, the HTML5 vs Native classic debate, mobile first hindering creativity, and more. Big thanks …

September 17, 2012

Rundown of Handling Flexible Media

When you take the responsive web design route, part of the deal is fluid grids. That is, container elements set in percentage widths. Just one example: an <article> that holds a blog post might be 320px wide on a small …

September 17, 201228 comments

Preprocess THIS!

Allison Wagner shares her thoughts after 10 months of working with a CSS preprocessor. Many of the thoughts resonate with my own. On variables:

What I love most about them is they force consistency across the design system.

Being DRY …

September 13, 2012

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