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A Primer on Display Advertising for Web Designers

A lot of websites (this one included) rely on advertising as an important revenue source. Those ad placements directly impact the interfaces we build and interact with every day. Building layouts with ads in them is a dance of handling them in fluid environments, and also balancing the need to showcase our content and highlight the ads to make sure they are effective.

In this post, I am going to share a few tips and ideas for integrating ad units … Read article “A Primer on Display Advertising for Web Designers”

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The Best Design System Tool is Slack

There’s a series questions I have struggled with for as long as I can remember. The questions have to do with how design systems work: Where should we document things? Do we make a separate app? Do we use a third-party tool to document our components? How should that tie into Figma or Sketch? What about written documentation? Should we invest a lot of time into making a giant Polaris-like wiki of how to build things?

The issue with all … Read article “The Best Design System Tool is Slack”

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Adding CSS to a Page via HTTP Headers

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Jumping Into Webmentions With NextJS (or Not)

Webmention is a W3C recommendation last published on January 12, 2017. And what exactly is a Webmention? It’s described as…


[…] a simple way to notify any URL when you mention it on your site. From the receiver’s perspective, it’s a way to request notifications when other sites mention it.

In a nutshell, it’s a way of letting a website know it has been mentioned somewhere, by someone, in some way. The Webmention spec also describes it as a way … Read article “Jumping Into Webmentions With NextJS (or Not)”

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Chrome 83 Form Element Styles

There have been some aesthetic changes to what form elements look like as of Chrome 83. Anything with gradient colorization is gone (notably the extra-shiny <meter> stuff). The consistency across the board is nice, particularly between inputs and textareas. Not a big fan of the new <select> styling, but I hear a lot of accessibility research went into this, so it’s hard to complain there — plus you can always change it.

Hakim has a nice comparison tweet:… Read article “Chrome 83 Form Element Styles”

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A New Way to Delay Keyframes Animations

If you’ve ever wanted to add a pause between each iteration of your CSS @keyframes animation, you’ve probably been frustrated to find there’s no built-in way to do it in CSS. Sure, we can delay the start of a set of @keyframes with animation-delay, but there’s no way to add time between the first iteration through the keyframes and each subsequent run. 

This came up when I wanted to adapt this shooting stars animation for use as the background … Read article “A New Way to Delay Keyframes Animations”

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Rotated Table Column Headers… Now With Fewer Magic Numbers!

Rotated <table> column headers is something that’s been covered before right here on CSS-Tricks, so shout-out to that for getting me started and helping me achieve this effect. As the article points out, if you aren’t using trigonometry to calculate your table styles, you’ll have to rely on magic numbers and your table will be brittle and any dreams of responsiveness crushed. 

Fortunately, in this case, we can take the trigonometry out and replace it with some careful geometry and … Read article “Rotated Table Column Headers… Now With Fewer Magic Numbers!”

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Overlapping Header with CSS Grid

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