Are CSS frameworks evil?

21 September 2010, in CSS, HTML, Tools | 75 comments »

CSS frameworks have a tendency to be dismissed by many CSS authors; code bloat and non-semantic class names are usually at the top of the list of reasons why. Even without ever using one, I shared the same opinion, but that might have changed after trying a few of them out while doing some research recently…

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My thoughts on LESS

19 July 2010, in CSS, Tools | 21 comments »

I’ve started using LESS a few months ago on a few projects. LESS allows you to extend the way you write CSS, letting you use variables, nested selectors, operations and mixins. It sounds great — and it is great — but there are a few things that can make it work against you. These are some of my thoughts on LESS.

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Books: “HTML and CSS Web Standards Solutions”

14 April 2010, in CSS, HTML, Project 52, Reviews | 6 comments »

The second book I’m reviewing is “HTML and CSS Web Standards Solutions”, by web standardistas Christopher Murphy and Nicklas Persson.

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The little known font-size-adjust CSS3 property

25 March 2010, in CSS, Project 52 | 25 comments »

Ever wanted to use fallback fonts on your CSS with different aspect ratios without them looking huge (or tiny)? The sparkling new CSS3 font-size-adjust property could do just that, maybe.

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A quick note about the :empty pseudo-class

14 March 2010, in CSS, HTML, Project 52 | 20 comments »

I’m in love with the simplicity that CSS3 selectors can bring to our stylesheets. Here’s a brief explanation of one of my favourites: the :empty pseudo-class.

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Do designers need a personal style?

2 February 2010, in Design, Project 52 | 20 comments »

A post by Darren Hoyt caught my eye the other day (among the hundreds of unread posts on my RSS reader…) where he asked whether designers needed a personal style or not. I wrote up a quick comment at the time, but I feel the question deserves a little more discussion — specially because no-one seems to have a definite answer (my bet is that there isn’t one).

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Clients aren’t stupid

1 February 2010, in Project 52, Rants | 37 comments »

The first time I came across the Clients From Hell website I laughed and sympathised with the poor designers that had sent those quotes in. I’m not laughing now though.

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Quitting Project 52

31 January 2010, in Project 52 | 9 comments »

A few weeks ago I mentioned I had signed up for Project 52 — an effort to produce one article per week. I’ve found that it’s not going as I expected; it’s not that I don’t want to write the content, but the schedule of one post per week is just not working for me.

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Book Review: “CSS Mastery — 2nd Edition”

24 January 2010, in CSS, Project 52, Resources, Reviews | 3 comments »

I’m frequently confronted with the question of “which CSS books would you recommend?” and CSS Mastery is always at the top of the list. Here’s the audio review I did for the Boagworld podcast.

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WordPress: flexible pages lists with the extended page list plugin

17 January 2010, in Project 52, WordPress | 2 comments »

WordPress is quite versatile and easy to use, but it seems to fail in some features that should be present at its core, like the ability to list pages’ content easier. Here’s an explanation of how to use a little plugin I found recently, and that doesn’t seem to be that widely known or documented.

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