Piccalilli Issue #24
This newsletter has had a little holiday while I’ve been on a holiday myself. I also spoke at State of the Browser 2019, which was great. It was an incredibly inspiring event.
We're back with a bang this week with some absolutely stunning work. The theme is very much art direction, creativity, layout and modern CSS, so let’s just dive in.
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I start new talks as super long articles, so I thought for a change, I would publish the article version of my brand new talk, “Keeping it simple with CSS that scales” after I delivered it for the first time.
It’s a hell of a long read, but hopefully, there’s some handy takeaways about how so-called “soft skills“ are as much a part of working with large CSS codebases as the technology choices.
You can also catch me delivering the talk at State of the Browser, here.
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I bloody love art directed articles. This one by Chris is not only stunning, visually, but also a very good written piece.
The look and feel is also right up my street, with the lo-fi imagery.
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This is bloody fantastic. The motion is outrageously smooth. I love how responsive it is to both mouse and touch, too.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I have a bit of a thing for CSS layout and partly because of this, Olivia’s stunning work, makes my eyes smile a lot.
Who am I kidding? Olivia’s work always makes my eyes smile.
This is a bloody marvellous resource from my very good pal, Jeremy. He’s going to be doing a fantastic sounding talk about this stuff, too.
Houdini stuff is super cool and has a really bright future in CSS.
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Friend of the newsletter, Ryan, here again, with more stunning work.
This is just fantastically creative and as always, impeccably delivered.
I really enjoyed Andy’s talk at State of the Browser, so I thought I’d share it on here.
He pushes the boundaries with modern web design by taking inspiration from legendary designers from bygone eras and this talk is packed with goodness. I’m also becoming a very big fan of Bea Feitler and will probably treat myself to her incredibly rare book.
This is absolutely fantastic from our pal, Michelle, who as I often say, is a huge hero of mine in CSS land.
Tools like these are great because layout is a visual thing, so a visual tool makes breaking out of the box a little easier. I’ll certainly be using this as I explore some compound grid layouts in the future.
Great stuff, Michelle!
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That’s all, folks
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Until the next issue, take it easy 🙂