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Image Effects with CSS
Pencil drawing, watercolors, "hallucination", etc
css  effects  images  webdesign 
15 hours ago by leereamsnyder
Web Typography: Numerals · An A List Apart Article
touches on sub/superscripts, old-style numbers and CSS font properties to enable them properly
css  webdesign  typography 
17 hours ago by leereamsnyder
The Era of Newshammer - daverupert.com
I like the use of CSS variables for instant "themes"
css  webdesign 
21 hours ago by leereamsnyder
Tabbed Interfaces
+ Don't provide tabbed interfaces unless they are suited to the use case and are likely to be understood and appreciated by the user. Just because you can doesn't mean you should.
+ Tables of content and same-page links are a simpler and more robust approach to many of the ostensible use cases for tabbed interfaces.
+ Make sure interfaces that appear as tabbed interfaces have the semantics and behaviors expected of them.
+ Single-page applications should not present or behave as tabbed interfaces, despite their shared use of JavaScript to switch between and/or populate content panes.
a11y  accessibility  css  javascript  ux  webdesign 
8 days ago by leereamsnyder
Amber Wilson - When Should You Use Which Image Format? JPG? PNG? SVG?
“PNG-8 limits you to 256 colours, which is enough most of the time, has by far the smallest file size, but may exhibit “banding” of colours. If you need more colours or want to avoid banding, consider PNG 24 or 32, but be aware of huge increases in file size. JPGs can contain millions of colours and have much smaller file sizes, but are best for photos where there are no crisp lines or text. For pictures with crisp lines or text (e.g. a graph), stick with PNG and compromise on the number of colours you use. Replace PNG with SVG for simple line drawings, logos and icons.”
images  webdesign  performance 
15 days ago by leereamsnyder
Web truths: CSS is not real programming | Christian Heilmann
“If you don’t consider an interface as an agreement with your users with various levels of fidelity depending on their technical platform, CSS isn’t for you. It is by design a forgiving language, that doesn’t throw any errors when something can’t get applied. Thus it is amazing for progressive enhancement. You don’t even need to worry about adding a line of unsupported code as the parser skips what it can’t apply. What causes a JavaScript parser to throw in the towel and give you an error message, the CSS parser shrugs off and moves on. That can feel odd for a developer – I for one like to know when something went wrong. But it frees you from needing to test on all possible user agents and put “if” statements around everything. Want to use a gradient on button? Define a background color, then override it with a gradient in the next line. If the user agent can’t render gradients, you get a simpler, but still working button. And you didn’t need to worry about gradient support at all.”
css  webdesign  javascript  programming 
26 days ago by leereamsnyder
Deploying ES2015+ Code in Production Today — Philip Walton
To put that another way, every browser that supports <script type="module"> also supports most of the ES2015+ features you know and love.

(babel-preset-env makes this particularly easy)
performance  javascript  browsers  webdesign 
4 weeks ago by leereamsnyder
Breaking the Grid - daverupert.com
Includes "clearfix 2.0" to make grids less likely to do this
css  webdesign  browsers  layout  grid 
5 weeks ago by leereamsnyder
For the love of God, please tell me what your company does
“So for the big companies, I truly believe these confusing websites, these websites that avoid at all costs telling you what the company actually does, are a deliberate tactic. Not to get leads, because I’m sure they realize they’ll lose a few in their artistic mess of a homepage. But to turn the leads they’d get anyway into overpaying customers.”
rants  webdesign  trends  internet  design  writing 
5 weeks ago by leereamsnyder
Interesting view library from the eBay folks
nodejs  templates  webdesign  javascript 
7 weeks ago by leereamsnyder
Things you could be doing instead of designing
“The reality is there are thousands of other worthwhile tasks designers and developers could be tackling to make more successful products.”
work  performance  webdesign  programming  accessibility  design 
8 weeks ago by leereamsnyder
Seems like a worthy follow-up to Tether
javascript  tooltip  webdesign 
8 weeks ago by leereamsnyder
Scotch Egg Navigation - Andy Beaumont
“Scotch Egg Navigation, it’s breadcrumbs with hidden meat.”

this is pretty much identical to the breadcrumbs solution I came up with at IBM
navigation  patterns  webdesign 
8 weeks ago by leereamsnyder
Best Practices for Homepage Links on websites
Include an explicit link home _once_ (either in the nav or breadcrumbs)
design  navigation  webdesign  usability 
8 weeks ago by leereamsnyder
Font style matcher
Helps you line up a webfoot with a system font so the transition isn't so jarring
css  fonts  webdesign  webtools  typography 
9 weeks ago by leereamsnyder
Intersection Observer comes to Firefox ★ Mozilla Hacks – the Web developer blog
This is a _much_ nicer way to determine if an element is visible in the viewport (or relative to any other element)
javascript  performance  browsers  webdesign 
10 weeks ago by leereamsnyder
If you really dislike FOUT, `font-display: optional` might be your jam | CSS-Tricks
"optional" gives 100ms to load a font, and if it's not there, you don't see it. it'll load the font and probably be in the cache next time, though.

"fallback" shows a fallback after 100ms, and gives ~3s for the font to load (so you don't get a big reflow after being on the page for 30 seconds)
css  performance  webdesign  usability  fonts 
10 weeks ago by leereamsnyder
Creation and consumption — Benedict Evans
“A small proportion of people might temporarily go from can to can’t, but vastly more go from can’t to can.”
webdesign  computers  usability  mobile  trends  accessibility 
july 2017 by leereamsnyder
Designed lines. — Ethan Marcotte
“We’re building on a web littered with too-heavy sites, on an internet that’s unevenly, unequally distributed. That’s why designing a lightweight, inexpensive digital experience is a form of kindness. And while that kindness might seem like a small thing these days, it’s a critical one. A device-agnostic, data-friendly interface helps ensure your work can reach as many people as possible, regardless of their location, income level, network quality, or device.”
design  webdesign  empathy  performance  internet 
july 2017 by leereamsnyder
Fantasies of the Future / Paul Robert Lloyd
Are our design systems doing what we think they are? Are there consequences to thinking in terms of components?
architecture  design  history  webdesign  ethics 
july 2017 by leereamsnyder
A Pretty Good SVG Icon System | CSS-Tricks
"Just inline them"

I kind of suspected this would be the way people head. Everything else ends up too wonky or has weirdness with the shadow DOM or doesn't work in IE
icons  html  svg  vector  webdesign 
june 2017 by leereamsnyder
Connect: behind the front-end experience
Pretty good description of modern ways to approach CSS animations, JS animations, and poly fills.

I had not heard of the Intersection Observer API
animation  css  javascript  webdesign  browsers 
june 2017 by leereamsnyder
Users don’t hate change. They hate you. – Christina Wodtke – Medium
Change is expensive, even when it’s free. Change is expensive in relearning. Change is expensive when you feel like you no longer have a choice in how you live your life. For change to be accepted, it needs to first have real value to the user. Then it must be explained clearly in the language of that person’s values. Not the designers’, not the company’s.
psychology  design  webdesign 
june 2017 by leereamsnyder
”Get a glance at a whole web page with an aerial view“
javascript  navigation  webdesign 
june 2017 by leereamsnyder
Preventing Reflow
This is regarding aspect-ratio (padding-top trick) boxes.

There's some good logic here to allow content to break out of the box and other considerations, with clever use of CSS variables
rwd  webdesign  layout  images  css 
june 2017 by leereamsnyder
Breaking out with CSS Grid explained
Why named grid lines let you do neat stuff with breaking out content
css  webdesign  grid  layout 
june 2017 by leereamsnyder
A Unified Styling Language – SEEK blog – Medium
The history (and future?) of authoring CSS in JavaScript.

I particularly like how some of these libraries give you niceties like scoped styling, automatic optimizations, and easy-peasy critical styles
history  css  javascript  webdesign  react 
june 2017 by leereamsnyder
hyperHTML/GETTING_STARTED.md at master · WebReflection/hyperHTML
Super lightweight JS rendering and DOM framework, powered by a clever use of tagged template strings.

There's a side "viperHTML" that works on the server for isomorphic rendering, too
javascript  webdesign  framework  programming 
june 2017 by leereamsnyder
“a fully tested and covered polyfill for new DOM Level 4 entries”
webdesign  javascript  browsers 
june 2017 by leereamsnyder
Responsive Design for Motion | WebKit
@media (prefers-reduced-motion) is now broadly available
accessibility  animation  css  javascript  webdesign 
may 2017 by leereamsnyder
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