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The Best Color Functions in CSS?

January 20th, 2020

I’ve said before that HSL is the best color format we have. Most of us aren’t like David DeSandro, who can read hex codes. HSL(a) is Hue, Saturation, Lightness, and alpha, if we need it. hsl(120, 100%, 40%) Hue isn’t intuitive, but it’s not that weird. You take a trip around the color wheel from…

Timeless Web Dev Articles

January 18th, 2020

Pavithra Kodmad asked people for recommendations on what they thought were some of the most timeless articles about web development that have changed their perspective in some way. Fun! I’m gonna scour the thread and link up my favorites (that are actually articles, although not all of them are super directly related to web dev)….

Thinking Through Styling Options for Web Components

January 16th, 2020

Where do you put styles in web components? I’m assuming that we’re using the Shadow DOM here as, to me, that’s one of the big draws of a web component: a platform thing that is a uniquely powerful thing the platform can do. So this is about defining styles for a web component in a…

CSS-Only Carousel

January 10th, 2020

It’s kind of amazing how far HTML and CSS will take you when building a carousel/slideshow. Setting some boxes in a horizontal row with flexbox is easy. Showing only one box at a time with overflow and making it swipable with -webkit-overflow-scrolling is easy. You can make the “slides” line up nicely with scroll-snap-type. A…

The Auto-Flowing Powers of Grid’s Dense Keyword

January 8th, 2020

Let’s say we’re working on the homepage of a news website. You’re probably used to seeing some card-based content in a grid layout, right? Here’s a classic example, The New York Times: Yeah, something like that. There are going to be some cards/elements/boxes/whatever that need to take up more space than others. A featured article…

Multi-Thumb Sliders: Particular Two-Thumb Case

January 7th, 2020

This is a concept I first came across a few years back when Lea Verou wrote an article on it. Multi-range sliders have sadly been removed from the spec since, but something else that has happened in the meanwhile is that CSS got better — and so have I, so I recently decided to make…

How Auto Margins Work in Flexbox

January 6th, 2020

Robin has covered this before, but I’ve heard some confusion about it in the past few weeks and saw another person take a stab at explaining it, and I wanted to join the party. Say you have a flex container with some flex items inside that don’t fill the whole area. See the Pen ZEYLVEX…

New Year, New Job? Let’s Make a Grid-Powered Resume!

January 1st, 2020

Many popular resume designs are making the most of the available page space by laying sections out in a grid shape. Let’s use CSS Grid to create a layout that looks great when printed and at different screen sizes. That way, we can use the resume online and offline, which might come in handy during…

So Many Color Links

December 27th, 2019

There’s been a run of tools, articles, and resources about color lately. Please allow me to close a few tabs by rounding them up here for your enjoyment. Curated colors in context Happy Hues demonstrates a bunch of color palettes in the context of the site itself. That’s a nice way to do it, because…

Moving Rainbow Underlines

December 23rd, 2019

I absolutely love the design of the Sandwich site. Among many beautiful features are these headlines with rainbow underlines that move as you scroll. It’s not scroll-jacking — it’s just a minor design feature that uses scroll position to enact a little movement. To draw the rainbows themselves, we could use a linear gradient with…