Responsive Design News

Keep up with the latest news and developments around responsive design and the new direcitons that web designa and development are taking.

Going offline first

This is a great video series from Ire that takes you through five steps on how to create an offline experience on your website. The videos range between 8 and 23 minutes so you could watch them all in your lunch break, or take a short moment out of each day of your week next […]

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Going Fullscreen On iPad Safari 🤩

There’s two amazing things about coming across this article. First, it’s great to see that iPad (iOS Safari) are now supporting full screen mode and; secondly, how cool is the Bubblin superbooks. There’s a tonne of free content with some great titles and all available in the browser. I worked on a little side project […]

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When to use CSS vs. JavaScript

This is a great counter balance for all those tutorials out there that tell you that you can build feature/interaction XYZ by using CSS instead of JavaScript.  I’m all for using less JavaScript and I certainly think that in the past 18 months the role of JavaScript has taken things a little too far by […]

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Inlining or Caching? Both Please!

It feels like every 6-12 months filament group redefine how to make pages as performant as possible with minimal fuss, and this article is no different. One of the biggest issues with in-lining Critical CSS was having to have it duplicated in the CSS you request as well.now with service workers and the very smart […]

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Real URLs for AMP Cached Content Using Cloudflare Workers

One of the complaints aimed towards the implementation of AMP is that you had your content served from Google on their own URLs. Cloudflare have developed a way in which you will still gain benefit from being on the Google AMP caching servers, but you’ll retain your own domain when the content is served. I’m […]

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Simplify Styling with Functional CSS

This article takes you through the logic behind creating a class for every CSS property to allow you to really customise each of your elements on the page. Essentially it’s atomic CSS, and while I’m not a fan I think it’s good to be aware of all approaches to building sites.

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5 suggestions for higher scores in WebPageTest, Lighthouse, and Observatory

Šime Vidas runs web platform news and has recently been redeveloping the site. The update is lightning quick with great content, and in this article he describes the top 5 suggestions he has after building the site for performance.

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How to Build a Low-tech Website?

I love the idea of a low powered web page and a solar powered server. Looking at this example it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary that this is the kind of resource that we’ll need when colonising Mars. The web would be a valuable resource, but I envisage it being more like the earlier […]

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Improving Client-Side Performance

A cracking list of suggestions from TJ Fogarty about how to get the most out of your site when it comes to performance when launching or reviewing a website. I’m currently looking at expanding upon the Am I Responsive tool to also incorporate performance metrics about the site that people are reviewing. While the tools […]

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Helping a Beginner Understand Getting a Website Live

Getting started with HTML, CSS, and JS is one thing, but putting those files onto a server with a domain name is something else. This post from Chris Coyier covers off those kinds of questions. I remember back in 1999 when I had my first ‘proper’ job. I was an administrative assistant at the Northern […]

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Registering service workers

In Jeremy’s very good book on Service Workers (it’s actually about going offline, but there’s a main role for service workers as the lead actor) he shows the feature detection way in which you call a service worker. He also covers a future-friendly way, which seems like it might never see the light of day […]

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Google AMP – A 70% drop in our conversion rate

After switching to AMP pages there were some issues with the conversions. A coincidence? Potentially, but there are a few issues that are pointed out around implementing AMP that I wasn’t aware of in the past.

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Chrome’s NOSCRIPT Intervention

Last week we spoke about the latest release of Chrome and the new approach to avoid loading javascript on pages that are being requested over a 2G or slower network. This week, Tim Kadlec has done a whole bunch of research around this. The article explains how you’re able to set your browser to emulate […]

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Using CSS Clip Path to Create Interactive Effects, Part II

There are a lot of really cool techniques you can apply these days for some interesting art direction on the web, this is one of my favourites at the moment because it really allows us to break out of traditional boxes

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Make your web layouts bust out of the rectangle with the Firefox Shape Path Editor

Shape outside and clipping paths are going to make the rest of the web designs for this year and into 2019 look a whole lot better. We haven’t gone there yet, but I can see a magazine style layout that has more art direction start to become a trend shortly.

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New in Chrome 69

Chrome 69 is released as Google Chrome turns 10. I remember seeing the ads in the London Underground for this new browser from Google and I made the switch from Firefox immediately. It’s funny that 10 years later I’ve left Chrome for Firefox, who knows what the next 10 years will bring.

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Just write.

This is a mantra that I’ve heard Jeremy Keith say, and it’s something that I encourage every single person I speak to who asks me how they can learn/improve the work they do. Most often people say “But someone else has already written about it” to which I reply “Yes, but no one has ever […]

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Tips and Tricks for Debugging in Chrome Developer Tools

There’s some great tips in here from changing colour schemes to scrolling an element into view, and even taking a screenshot of a highlighted element within the dom

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PWA: Progressive Web All-the-things

Progressive web apps have come a long way over the past three years. I remember listening to Jake bang on about the service worker in a Shop Talk podcast and feeling overly excited about the possibilities. Now it’s in more than one browser, and so much more can be done. In this article Paul Kinlan […]

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Introducing CSS Values and Units Level 4

There’s a new spec in town and it’s all about units! Exciting! There are new unites including vi (1% of the viewports size in the root elements inline axis), vb (not the rubbish Aaustralian beer, but 1% of the viewports size in the root elements block axis), ic (average character fullwidth glyph), cap (nominal height […]

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