Piccalilli Newsletter - Issue #8

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Ahoy, there 🏴‍☠️

We’ve got ourselves a bumper issue this week that features side-scrolling, forests, spinners, grids and fancy perspective work.

This little newsletter is also in the process of a redesign and re-platforming. I’m keeping a journal of the whole process which you can subscribe to.

Exciting times ahead for this project 🙂

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Featured Article permalink

Solving a Tricky Layout Problem with CSS Grid

This week I’m on holiday, so instead of writing an article, I’m going to share an article with you all that I think is really good.

Complex layouts with CSS Grid can expose all sorts of weird behaviour and Michelle explains how she overcame some issues really well. A great article for if you’re learning CSS Grid.

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Jorik - Fashion Site

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The fashion industry has always been good at making the most of the tools that we have available to produce a creative experience. This site demonstrates that really well.

I’m particularly fond of the perspective work on the homepage and in the look book. I spent some of my early career on the web working on look books, so this a nice nostalgia dose for me.

The only thing that lets this site down is the goddamn scroll-jacking. I hope that trend goes away, pronto.

Tyler Gaw - Personal Site

This site got submitted to personalsit.es and I immediately chucked a link to it here. It’s bloody amazing.

The illustration is out of this world and the overall look and feel is stunning. I’m adding it straight to the inspiration pile for the redesign of my site, later in the year.

Presentation "Slides"

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I love this by Olivia. Butter smooth animations/transitions and the sideways scrolling works really well.


This is absolutely mind blowing. Robb is a super talented lad and just like the CSS animation bound to scrolling from Issue 5, this has all sorts of clever scrolling action on the go.

The forest image demo is super lush and outrageously smooth.

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Bezier Animation

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I made a little loading animation / spinner for funsies that uses a bezier curve to give it a bit of a “hang”. It’s also got some aria roles on there and visually hidden text, along with a reduced-motion media query.

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Rotating Grid

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Mandy is super talented and it’s criminal that we’ve got all the way to issue #8 before featuring her work.

I love this experiment by her. There’s some very smart layout work and animation work. Check out her other layout experiments, too. There’s loads of stunning work in there.

Bauhaus at 100

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I honestly had to keep reminding myself that I wasn’t browsing a print PDF while looking at this site. The baseline grid and agonisingly good vertical rhythm is right up my street.

Cassie Evans

Cassie is bloody brilliant at CSS and SVG—especially animation stuff. She’s one of my favourite people on the web and is one of our greatest talents.

From working with her on a project recently, I can also confirm that she’s a very nice person indeed.

Check out her CodePen Profile (motion warning). There’s some ridiculously good work in there.

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CSS Reference

This is a fabulous resource that I use quite a lot, along with the CSS-Tricks Almanac. It’s well worth a bookmark.

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That’s all, folks

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Until the next issue, take it easy 🙂