From the beginning of my web development career around 9 years ago I have always been fascinated by the fact that with a laptop anywhere in the world we can create and sell products online.
During my early development years the thought of creating products drove my passion to learn, read and experiment.
So after many months of procrastinating, designing and developing I’m happy to launch the beginning of Little Island.
Once again Adam Morse has some wise words about front-end development. Bram Stein explains the ins and outs of web font loading patterns. Raja Rao breaks down the confusing parts of Webpack and helps you get comfortable utilizing its powerful features. The Airbnb team talk about how the latest release of their app has changed the way they approach design and more. Enjoy.
The team over at Campaign Monitor did a little interview with me that looks into how Web Design Weekly has grown over the years.
Web Design Weekly doesn’t just incorporate email marketing into their marketing tactics — it IS email. Jake uses Campaign Monitor to grow his audience and believes that consistency is the key to his success. He’s kept it simple, and that’s worked extremely well for Web Design Weekly.
Robin Rendle dives into CSS Modules by giving a good overview why you should think about using them. Laura Elizabeth explains a simple color workflow that you can use in your next web project as well as some color theory basics. Hugo Giraudel shares his simple automated SVG workflow for icons and lots more. Enjoy.
Adam Morse wrote a great reflective piece about CSS and Scalability. He talks about how his experience and thoughts have evolved over that last few years whilst working with large CSS codebases. If you write CSS, this is a must read. NPM released a update to their unpublishing policy. Ire Aderinokun created the Holy Grail Layout to help understand the inner workings of the CSS Grid Layout which is quite complex. Philip Walton wrote about Houdini which is a new W3C task force that plans to introduce a new set of APIs that will, for the first time, give developers the power to extend CSS itself and the tools to hook into the styling and layout process of a browser’s rendering engine. Enjoy.
When I read about or listen to ideas on how to scale an app’s css – most of the talk is about how to write css. The real way to scale css, is to stop writing css. Abstract out the things you use most and move to a multi-class pattern where you compose visual patterns in your html. You might be amazed at how quickly your team starts to move.
If you write CSS, this is a must read.
Lots of drama around the NPM Left-Pad module this week which caused a lot of people to chime in. Jonathan Snook shared some really good reasons why we should aim to make our sites and applications truly responsive. Steve McGuire from Netflix talked about how they’ve built a high performance and completely declarative UI using React. Remy Sharp published a super simple tutorial with easy copy & paste code snippets to help you create your first Service Worker and more. Enjoy.