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.

The Simplest Way to Load CSS Asynchronously

For a very long time Filament Group (and in particular Scott Jehl) has been coming up with ways to ensure that we have tools to ensure that our websites appear as quickly as possible for our users. A long-time approach was preloading CSS, and they’ve come up with a new approach for you to check […]

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Every Layout Is Released: Some Facts

Every layout is now available for purchase ($100) and free for those who can not afford it. I think this is a bargain considering that most people will be charging out at least $50 per hour. This resource will _easily_ save you more than two hours work which will break you even.

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Multi-column manipulation

Another post from the very clever Heydon Pickering on the Every Layout site, this time all about adding multi-columns to your layout. I’ve looked at multicolumn in the past, specifically around constraining the height of the item to 100vh and letting the number of columns span off on the horizontal. I used it as an […]

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Foundational Ideas for Responsive Augmented Reality Content

By now you will likely have a good idea of the basic concepts of responsive design, looking at the viewport size and changing the layout of the content based on the constraints. This is fine for two dimensions, but what about when we look at three? This article looks at the start of how we […]

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Leggo My Pattern Library Analogy

I used to use the lego analogy as part of my explanation about the CMS we used to use when working with clients. It provided you with a box of 30 or so types of assets which when carefully linked together could build the death star, and while the CMS was free you had to […]

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A Beginner’s Journey to Launching a Website

The first time I built a website from scratch was in 1999 where I charged the client $1500 for the project. I knew how to build the HTML and CSS, but I had _no_ idea how to get hosting, buy a domain, or put that content up there. It’s _super_ daunting to be at that […]

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Detecting if a page is cached

Detecting on the client side whether a page was served from Cache can be an important feature for your website. You don’t want folks reading stale news if you’re updating it frequently, your article might have had a refresh, you might be serving up live content that is static. I feel this will mainly occur […]

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Debugging CSS Grid – Part 1: Understanding implicit tracks

Michelle explains exactly what implicit tracks are (tracks that are formed without you specifying them in the CSS) and how they might break certain layouts you are looking to achieve. Great article with some valuable work arounds (and nice demos)

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The Dark Side of the Grid (Part 2)

The article is named after the Dark Side of the Moon album from Pink Floyd. I don’t think there’s any dark sides to CSS Grid, but there are a number of areas you should be aware of when getting into Grid which this article does well to point out. They’re not bad or negative things, […]

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Gatsby site search with Lunr.js

One of the downsides for a static site is that a search capability is tough to come by. This tutorial looks at using a tool called Lunr.js (note the similarity to Solr) on how you might use this with your static site.

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Scraping Burned Toast

Google has recently proposed a new element into the HTML ecosystem, the <toast> element. This would be used to semantically encapsulate any elements that provide a notification kind of popup (all I need is for people to have more reasons to use notification popups). In this post, Adrian covers the timeline and the backlash in […]

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Truncating Multi-line Text with CSS

-web-kit-line-clamp allows you to specify the number of lines shown using CSS. Does this mean that designers can get away with perfectly uniform content elements on the page designs? No it does not, but it’s still pretty cool. Support coming in Firefox soon

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The “Inside” Problem

I love an edge to edge background colour with text content well positions inside. But then I want to break out the image to go full width, or have two images side by side that push outside the text container width. Chris takes a look at the different scenarios and how you might look to […]

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Why we prefer CSS Custom Properties to SASS variables

CodyHouse provide some practical examples of why they decided to keep their CSS variables inside of the CSS Custom Properties. This spans color schemes, typography, spacing, and vertical rhythm and does well to also pull out the catch (browser support)

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Digging Into The Display Property: Grids All The Way Down

Subgrids are an exciting addition to the CSS Grid specification and as we see it roll out across browsers you’re going to find uses for it. Rachel looks at how they can effect a simple card layout.

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Cloudflare Image Resizing: Simplifying Optimal Image Delivery

Cloudflare continue the performance party this week with a new image resizing tool to join their already impressive set of capabilities. Unfortunately this is only available to Business and Enterprise customers, so if you’re a Pro or Free user then take a look at our feature sponsor this week for an idea about where you […]

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AMP as your web framework

AMP just confuses me now. They seem to have pivoted their approach and changed their purpose. Apparently it’s not another format of the web, it’s not an SEO thing (yeah it is), and isn’t a replacement for HTML (except for the HTML replacement elements). AMP seems to be struggling to find its footing as developers […]

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A report from the AMP Advisory Committee Meeting

For the longest time I’ve been sharing Terence’s posts about AMP, all of which have been a negative outlook towards the project. Terence now sits on the Advisory Committee for AMP (keep your friends close and all that) and they recently met in person in London. I’m glad someone like Terence is part of the […]

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Building the future of email with AMP

After watching a colleague wrestle with trying to create a reasonably good looking email I can see the use of AMP in email becoming something that catches on. The added bonus is that it won’t receive as much pushback as AMP received when trying to take over the standard HTML pages.

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Building the Squarespace Image Filters

Squarespace is still the number one go-to-tool that I recommend to friends when they ask me if I can help them build a website (in fact my friend even set up her own upholstery side business on her own and she often refers to herself as technically challenged). They’ve recently improved their image filters through […]

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