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Web Design Weekly #229

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.

Web Design Weekly #228

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.

Web Design Weekly #227

A nice refreshing look at the current JavaScript ecosystem by Francois Ward. Mike Bostock shares his thought around what makes good software and how to make it better. Ire Aderinokun wrote about a handy technique to style images that are broken. Zac Holman published a great article about his experience of getting fired and so much more. Enjoy!

Web Design Weekly #226

Another big week in web design with lots of talk about progressive enhancement and design being the hot topics. Lexy Munroe published a great article that looks into various ways Twitter are using Javascript and suggest they rethink their approach to focus a little more on progressive enhancement. Ted Goas shares how he gets by as the sole designer working with nine engineers. Hugo Giraudel reminds us that we shouldn’t assume anything in the code we write and some much more. Enjoy.

Web Design Weekly #225

Trent Walton shares some wise words about Atomic Design in relation to modular design. Zell Liew explores the rem vs em debate to give you the knowledge to make an informed decision next time you have the choice. Harry Roberts dives into the performance implications of using Sass’s @extend. Heather Phillips looks into the do’s and don’ts of creating a good design portfolio and so much more. Enjoy.

Web Design Weekly #224

The weeks in web design seem to be just getting bigger and bigger. Robin Rendle kicked things off by looking into typesetting on the web. Matty Mariansky explores the current landscape of the Conversational UI. Jack Franklin expresses his frustration with tooling getting in the way of learning the basics and so much more. Enjoy.

Web Design Weekly #223

With performance still being a major focus point this year Jake Archibald explains some major changes to loading normal stylesheets that are coming to Chrome. Rachel Andrew looks at the basics of HTTP/2 and explains some of the key features of the new protocol. If estimating is not your strongest skill then hopefully Hans Kristian gives you some solid advice so next time you nail it. Samantha Geitz looking into the powers of Webpack and so much more. Enjoy.

Web Design Weekly #222

Another big week with lots of talk about responsive images being the main focus. Eric Portis explains how you can automatically art direct responsive images by simply passing a few parameters to the Cloudinary API and Vitaly Friedman over on Smashing Magazine explored the landscape a little with a solid post which is also worth a read. Nolan Lawson did a case study on frontend database performance. Sarah Drasner shared her learnings from tackling React in a week. Ana Tudor explored the ‘background-clip’ property in great detail and so much more. Enjoy.

Web Design Weekly #221

This week Lyza Gardner explains what service workers are and how to go about creating your own. Rob Dodson explains the new `font-display` property that lets us decide how web fonts will render (or fallback), depending on how long it is taking them to load. Ashley Nolan explains why you would use PostCSS with Sass to add additional features that Sass doesn’t provide out of the box and so much more. Enjoy!

Web Design Weekly #220

Remy Sharp shares his excitement about why he loves web work. A great reminder that we are truly lucky to be working in such a powerful space. Jake Archibald looks into Web Streams and explains the ins-and-outs. Ashley Nolan shares some great advice to help keep projects and developers aligned and large codebases better structured. Nadav Soferman released an awesome Responsive Image Breakpoints Generator tool and so much more. Enjoy.

Web Design Weekly #219

Another big week in the land of web design. Charlotte Spencer kicked things off with a great article about remaining calm why the world of web development goes crazy. Jon Arne Sæterås looked into how Client Hints can reduce both image size and verbosity of the responsive images markup. Zach Leatherman revisits the history of web font loading and takes a look into the future and so much more. Enjoy.

Web Design Weekly #218

Troy Hunt that highlights all the current annoying techniques sites are utilising that should be abolished and we as developers should be doing our best to make sure they go away. Jeremy Keith reminds us that we should blog about each small thing we learn and it’s the best way to understand it. Dr. Axel Rauschmayer examines how the bundling of modules is affected by two future developments and much more. Enjoy.

Web Design Weekly #217

Johan Prag’s wrote about countless conversations about design tools, grids and the history of design. Matt Hinchcliffe dives deep into what is required to produce a solid fallback for SVG icons. Wes Bos released an article that aims to give JavaScript developers a good overview and introduction into managing dependencies and more. Enjoy.

Web Design Weekly #216

Dave Smith shares some wise words about not being overwhelmed when it comes to picking a framework to learn and embrace the learning that is involved with Web Design in todays world. WordPress 4.4 was released. Philip Walton wrote a great article about native CSS variables. Enjoy.

Web Design Weekly #215

As we are coming to the pointy end of the year things surprisingly don’t seem to be slowing down in the world of web design. This week there was lots of talk about HTTP/2, Flexbox and JavaScript packaging. The highlights being, the team at Khan Academy put to the test some of the hyped up advantages relating to JavaScript delivery and were greeted with some interesting results. Thomas Park put together a fun interactive site to learn Flexbox and Rebecca Murphey looked at what is needed to build and deploy applications for HTTP/2.

Web Design Weekly #214

Tyler Sticka from the Cloud Four team wrote a great piece on why it’s time to stop using icon fonts and get on the SVG train. Matt Mullenweg talked about WordPress’s new publishing and site management experience. Samantha Zhang shared some useful advice on finding the right color palette for data visualizations. Twitter’s design team wrote about designing with constraint in relation to email and more. Enjoy.

Web Design Weekly #213

Paul Lewis and a host of other people created a little #HotDrama around the cost of using frameworks. Louis Lazaris discussed a number of DOM features that can be used to manipulate HTML. Susan Robertson shared her knowledge for working with a growing team which is especially useful for those that tend to be solo developers and so much more. Enjoy!

Web Design Weekly #212

Lots of focus on Service Workers week. Jeremy Keith started with a great posts about his process, code and gotchas during his first experience creating a ServiceWorker. WordPress now powers 25% of websites. Ana Tudor reminds us that we should take the time to learn CSS gradient syntax as most generators produce sub-optimal code and so much more. Enjoy.

Web Design Weekly #211

Another big week in the world of web design. Phillip Walton form Google kicked things off by blogging about specificity in CSS and proposing the question, do we really need specificity in CSS. The team at Medium blog about the use of system fonts. Dennis Gaebel shared his recent experience with working on an application with flexbox and so much more. Enjoy.

Web Design Weekly #210

Another big week in the world of web design. Facebook now gives staff the opportunity to simulate a 2G connection for making better decisions during development and design on Tuesdays. Rely Sharp highlights some awesome tips and tricks to debugging in this day and age. Jonathan Neal released a PostCSS plugin called Time Machine which aims to fix the mistakes in the design of CSS itself and more. Enjoy.