News, thoughts, advice & some opinions

Smashing Conference, Freiburg

Day 1: Rachel Andrew: When using CSS grid @support is your friend. Alla Kholmatova: The right design system for you is where you are able to manage the downsides effectively. Michael Riethmuller: A media query does a hard change of a setting at that point. This causes stress points to the design just before and […]

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Patterns Day

A brief summary of the Patterns Day in Brighton Laura Elizabeth: Design systems are hard, that’s why they are only useful to create if the need exceeds the effort. Ellen De Vries: The story is what holds everything together. Sarah Heidani: When adding a new pattern variation to your CSS, ask yourself if that is […]

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Fashion analogy

A comparison between responsive web design and a little black dress

How do I best describe the type of web design I do to someone who is a complete novice when it comes to websites? Most people are familiar with using a website, but making one is a different matter all together. For many people the “making a website” part is a dark art. I also […]

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Adaptive Web Design, book review

Adaptive Web Design by Aaron Gustafson

Adaptive Web Design Crafting Rich Experiences with Progressive Enhancement – a (very good) book by Aaron Gustafson I learned to code and build websites years ago, but every now and then it’s good to take stock and read a book about it. One such book that is a very good read is Adaptive Web Design […]

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Teaching is thirsty business

Code First: Girls logo

Last week I finished teaching the HTML/CSS for Beginners course from Code First: Girls at Loughborough University. It was my first ever stint of teaching. Teaching is hard, teaching code is even harder. That said, it’s been a great experience, and one I would like to do again. If only to get better and iron […]

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My 10k Apart entry is a Notable Project

Country Hopping, a 10k Apart 2016 competition entry

Another 10k Apart competition, and another Notable Mention! After taking a break for a few years the 10k Apart competition was back this summer with a new challenge. Build a compelling web experience, delivered in 10kb or less and make it work without JavaScript. Having taken part in the two previous editions I went to […]

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