Piccalilli Newsletter - Issue #24

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Saluton! 👋

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.

If you’re enjoying reading this newsletter as much as I’m enjoying creating it, please share it with your pals. It’ll be really appreciated if you do.


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Keeping it simple with CSS that scales

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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May you live in interesting times

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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.

Smashing work.

Sorry not sorry

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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.

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CSS Grid: Magazine Layouts

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.

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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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Animated verbs

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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.

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Inspired by CSS Grid

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.

Resources permalink

Compound grid generator

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!

Sponsors permalink

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Thank you permalink

That’s all, folks

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Until the next issue, take it easy 🙂