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On Responsive Images

There are three ways we can go about dealing with responsive <img>s : 1) a new format 2) a new syntax 3) rely on existing hacks.
April 6, 201298 comments

The Big List of Flat Icons & Icon Fonts

There are many such roundups. This one is mine.
April 3, 201251 comments


Speaking of bandwidth media queries, this project by Adam D. Bradley looks promising:

Foresight.js gives webpages the ability to tell if the user's device is capable of viewing high-resolution images (such as the 3rd generation iPad) before the image …

April 3, 2012

ShopTalk Episode 12

This week Dave and I are joined by Dave's co-workers and amigo's Trent Walton and Reagan Ray. We talk about cutting edge front end stuff, client services, topics for a graduate thesis, and more. Brought to you by LessMoney and …

April 2, 2012

The JavaScript “Ah ha!” Moment

If you feel like you have a decent understanding of JavaScript, what was your "Ah ha!" moment? Or are you still waiting for it?
March 30, 2012189 comments

Bandwidth Media Queries

They don't exist. But wouldn't that be nice?

Take for instance the markup being discussed for the element:

<picture alt="A giant stone face at The Bayon temple in Angkor Thom, Cambodia"> <!-- Default --> <source src="small.jpg"> <!-- Alternative if media
March 28, 201293 comments

Upcoming Speaking

Summer edition!

March 31 : BarCamp Harrisburg (Pennsylvania)
April 7 : MinneBar (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
April 14 : BarCamp Orlando (Florida)
April 26-27 : Front-Trends (Warsaw, Poland)
April 30-May 4 : Future Insights Live (Las Vegas, Nevada)
June 6-7 : Interlink

March 28, 20128 comments

Minimum Paragraph Widths in Fluid Layouts

In fluid width environments, the text that wraps around floated elements can get awkwardly narrow and trap bits of text orphaned away from the rest of the paragraph. This article explains that problem in more details and offers a few solutions.
March 26, 201218 comments

ShopTalk Episode 11

This week Dave and I were joined by Jina Bolton. We talked all kinds of shop, touching on SASS usage and the new upcoming website, semantics, learning, workflow, and more. This weeks show brought to you by LessMoney and Hover

March 26, 2012

Off Canvas

A super hot responsive web design pattern by Jason Weaver. Don't forget about the ol x-axis while designing for small screens. (via Paul Irish)…

March 24, 2012

The East Wing

I got to be on The East Wing podcast with Tim Smith.…

March 23, 2012

Content Folding

In which we interdigitate content in a responsive layout rather than just "push it to the bottom."
March 23, 201251 comments

New Poll: Your Preferred CSS Preprocessor Syntax

All the popular ones are in there as options, as well as an "other" option in case you use something else (please share in comments). Or, vote "never tried," "don't like any of 'em," and "no preference" accordingly.
March 19, 2012143 comments

Maintaining CSS Style States using “Infinite” Transition Delays

Clever idea by Joel Besada on using instant transition timing with really long transition delays (999999s) to maintain visual states in CSS. …

March 19, 2012

Poll Results: Will There Be a CSS Competitor?

In this last poll, we asked:

In the next 10 years, will there be a serious alternative to CSS?

Of over 9,000 votes so far, the majority are of the opinion that there will not be:

Of course, it's …

March 17, 201237 comments

About HTML semantics and front-end architecture

Good read from Nicolas Gallagher. Among the gems:

Class names cannot be “unsemantic”. Whatever names are being used: they have meaning, they have purpose.

When Twitter Bootstrap first came out, I rewrote the compiled CSS to better reflect how I …

March 16, 2012

Shop Talk Episode 10

Dave and I talk shop with Doug Neiner, whom I consider one of the smartest people I know. Doug is on the jQuery team and works for a company based around jQuery, so the topic of JavaScript comes up a …

March 15, 2012


Polyfill hero Scott Jehl has a new one for the theoretical <picture> element. The idea behind this new element is to solve the very real need to serve images of the appropriate size based on the browser window size. I'm …

March 15, 2012

How to Create Stunning Effects With 165 Media Queries or Less!

One bizarre trend emerging in this new RWD era is desktop-browsing web designers resizing their browsers to watch the break-points change the layout. The average user never sits at their desk repetitively shrinking and expanding the browser window like a mad scientist. Yup, we're all strange.
March 15, 201257 comments

Downlevel Hidden / Downlevel Revealed

Just gonna clear up a little thing here that I've seen people struggle with a few times. There are two different kinds of conditional comments for Internet Explorer that have slightly different syntaxes: Downlevel Hidden and Downlevel Revealed (microsoft

March 13, 201221 comments

ShopTalk Episode 9

Dave and I were joined by Ethan Marcotte and I bet you can guess what we talked about. That's right ShopTalkers, it's a full episode of responsive web design goodness, from the basics to the newer challenges developers are facing …

March 13, 2012


I love Allan and Steve from LessEverything. I was just recently at my third trip to LessConf, which is a really fun web startup oriented conference. The fellas are at it again already, throwing a new conference called LessMoney. From …

March 8, 2012

Thinking Async

Here's the rub: when you load JavaScript from a third party you should do it asynchronously. You might want to load your own scripts asynchronously too, but for this article let's focus on third parties.

There are two reasons for …

March 7, 201251 comments

The Industry Podcast

I joined the gentlemen from the new blog and podcast The Industry for a chat about loads of different web industry related stuff.…

March 7, 2012

The Non-Breaking Space Show

Remember those three fellas from the last ShopTalk Show? Those guys are from the new(ish) podcast The Non-Breaking Space Show. Dave and I join them in this episode to talk about preprocessors, Git, and other stuff.…

March 6, 2012

SXSW 2012

I'm headed down to Austin in a few days here for my 2nd SXSW. Hope to see some of you folks there. I'm trying not too have much of a plan, but here's a few things I'm doing:

There is …

March 6, 20127 comments

ShopTalk Episode 8

This week Dave and I were joined by Christopher Schmitt, Chris Enns, and Dave McFarland, the fellas behind The Non-Breaking Space Show to do our second Cross-Over show. Brought to you by Hover and LessMoney.…

March 5, 2012

CSS Off Results

This year's CSS Off results are in. The Unmatched Style folks have listed out the top 25 entries and will be emailing everyone their results shortly. Congrats to all who entered. It was quite a load on all the judges …

February 29, 2012

Designing for Decoder Glasses, Print and Web

Michael Buchmiller of BlueHornet walks us through the process of designing a poster for tinted decoder glasses, and then bringing the same idea with a similar interaction to the web with the AnythingZoomer.
February 29, 201224 comments

Places It’s Tempting To Use Display: None; But Don’t

Help yourself be better at accessibility by using better hiding techniques that don't use display: none;. This involves some tricks like using more clever class names, being fancier with how you deal with JavaScript library animations, or avoiding hiding all together.
February 27, 201280 comments

Responsive Navigation Patterns

Brad Frost shows examples and covers the various techniques/pros/cons for handling navigation on small screens.…

February 25, 2012

Work for Treehouse

The main site sponsor around here, Treehouse, is hiring new teachers for creating new learning videos. It's not a job for just anybody. You need to know your stuff (PHP & WordPress, Front-End Design, Android, or Business & Marketing), be …

February 24, 2012

How To Create a Notebook Design with CSS

This tutorial, a guest post by young developer Allen Lawson, will show you how to create a notebook themed website using only CSS.
February 23, 201287 comments

My Slides from InControl 2012: What We Don’t Know

I know it's weird to go through slides of a presentation outside of the context of a real talk (and pales in comparison to the experience of being there) but nonetheless, there may be bits of goodness you can extract …

February 22, 201239 comments

I can’t design in the browser

Sarah Parmenter with some good honest thoughts about the popular idea of designing in the browser.

I’ve tried, goodness knows I’ve tried, but my designs end up suffering, looking boxy, bland and uninspiring.

Not that I'm that great of a …

February 22, 2012

ShopTalk Episode 6

This week Dave and I were joined by Zoey Gillenwater and we chat about print stylesheets, CSS formatting, icon fonts, spec mysteries, and much more.…

February 18, 2012

BarCamp Tour 2012

I'll be representin' Wufoo at a bunch of BarCamps again this year. Super fun. We need to figure out exactly what (U.S.) cities we are going to go to this year, so if you are organizing one, hit us up …

February 17, 2012

Things It Might Be Fun/Useful to Try the Universal (*) Selector On

What CSS properties might it make sense to apply to every single element on the page? We'll take a look at some that may (or may not) be a good idea.
February 15, 2012129 comments

ShopTalk Episode 5

Jeffrey Way, Dave and I talk shop about some newly released projects, -webkit-gate, and our weekly staple of Q&A.…

February 10, 2012

TL;DR on Vendor Prefix Drama

Quick overview of the hot drama regarding vendor prefixes.
February 10, 201251 comments

Musings on Preprocessing

I've been using SASS for pretty much everything I do recently. Here's some musings on the journey. From hold-ups, to trip-ups, to turn-offs. From apps and teams to workflows and syntax.

You Gotta Work Locally

The biggest contributor to me …

February 8, 2012100 comments

Speech Bubble Arrows that Inherit Parent Color

Interesting question:

css3 speech bubble question: for the "triangle"'s border color, how can I set it to whatever its parent div's bgcolor is automagically?

— Jin Yang (@jzy) February 1, 2012

By "css3 speech bubble", Jin means using a pseudo …

February 6, 201234 comments

A proposal to drop browser vendor prefixes

Interesting idea by Felipe G on using a new at-rule, @-vendor-unlock, to tell the browser to use it's experimental implementation of any particular property, rather than using a vendor prefix on that property. Unfortunately at this point, even if …

February 3, 2012

Digging Into WordPress 3.3

Digging Into WordPress (the book) is now updated to v3.3. Includes new chapters specially on what's new in 3.2 and 3.3, all the rest of the chapters tightened up and refreshed, better internal hyperlinking (in the PDF), and more. It's …

February 3, 2012

ShopTalk Episode 4

Dave, Jonathan Longnecker, Nate Croft and I talk shop. Topics include website building apps, where to start designing, when not to design for modern browsers, and more.

Sponsored by LessAccounting. …

February 2, 2012

New Poll: In The Next 10 Years, Will We See CSS Competitor?

What do you think folks? Is a new language going to come along in the next ten years that deals with layout / style / design and unseat CSS? Or at least give it a run for its money?

You …

February 2, 201293 comments

Star Ratings With Very Little CSS

Star ratings are one of those classic UX patterns that everyone has tinkered with at one time or another. I had an idea get the UX part of it done with very little code and no JavaScript.

The markup uses …

February 1, 201257 comments

Real-World CSS

A very serious not at all tongue-in-cheek gallery of CSS3 techniques that poo-poos the fancy in favor of the practical.…

February 1, 2012

Better Box Sizing

Paul Irish suggests the universal selector (*) to apply border-box box-sizing to every element. I've been wanting to try this forever because this box model is, in my opinion, just better. Imagine: elements with percentage widths and pixel padding without …

February 1, 2012

Firefox 10 now a stable release. It's notable because it's the first release with it's own built in developer tools (video overview). It's all HTML/CSS for now (not a Firebug replacement) but they are nicely designed and a great …

February 1, 2012

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