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Empathetic Animation

December 29th, 2021

Animation on the web is often a contentious topic. I think, in part, it’s because bad animation is blindingly obvious, whereas well-executed animation fades seamlessly into the background. When handled well, animation can really elevate a website, whether it’s just adding a bit of personality or providing visual hints and lessening cognitive load. Unfortunately, it…

The year in review: Take a bite out of 2021

December 28th, 2021

Last year, as we wrapped up 2020, so many of us looked around and wondered what the world would be like now. Would many people return to the office? Would kids return to classrooms? Would we return to restaurants, concerts, football games? The COVID-19 vaccine helped move many of us in that direction, but as…

Honor prefers-color-scheme in the CSS Paint API with Custom Properties

December 27th, 2021

One of the coolest things I’ve been messing with in the last couple years is the CSS Paint API. I love it. I did a talk on it, and made a little gallery of my own paint worklets. The other cool thing is the prefers-color-scheme media query and how you can use it to adapt…

Care for the Text

December 24th, 2021

How do you make a great website? Everyone has an answer at the ready: Flashy animations! Illustrations! Colors to pack a punch! Vite! And, sure, all these things might make a website better. But no matter how fancy the application is or how dazzling the technology will ever be under the hood, a great website…

5 Google for Creators highlights in 2021

December 23rd, 2021

Before we jump into 2022, the Google for Creators team is looking back at some of our favorite moments from this year. Check out our top five highlights from 2021. The Google for Creators website features guides, event listings, a blog, and more to help creators learn and grow. 1. Launching Google for Creators In…

12 features we launched — and loved — in 2021

December 22nd, 2021

Pop quiz: How long was 2021? So much happened this year that it seems impossible it was a mere 365 days. Here at Google, we launched the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, a new Nest Hub, lots of new Google Photos features and…well, this list could quite literally go on and on and on….

The Googlers who help track Santa each Christmas

December 22nd, 2021

When Dave Holmes started at Google nearly 10 years ago, he couldn’t have known how many projects he’d work on or things he’d help build. One of them he’s loved working, though, is Santa Tracker. “I’ve been working on Santa Tracker…well, I think for nearly as long as I’ve been at Google.” Santa has his…

WordPress 5.9 Beta 4

December 21st, 2021

WordPress 5.9 Beta 4 is now available for testing! This software version is still under development. Please do not run this software on a production site; install it on a test site, where you can try out the newest features and get a feel for how they will work on your site. You can test…

Get content inspiration from December’s top search trends

December 21st, 2021

Google for Creators is partnering with Google Trends to share some of the top searches every December. With the holidays upon us, we hope this helps creators put together any last-minute gift guides, listicles, or other seasonal content your audience might be searching for. What foods are people searching for during the holidays? Seasonal eats…

Auto Dark Theme

December 20th, 2021

There are a number of ways to approach a dark mode for your website, but essentially you get all the styles ready for it and then apply them when the user has indicated they want them, whether by direct choice or a system-level preference. If your website doesn’t have a dark mode, well, then, it…