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A bit of business,
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Working With A UX Developer

I’ve long since noticed that the way I approach development is completely different than most other developers. While I always aim to get the final product as close to the design mockups as possible, a lot of clients are often surprised at how well I do that (I thought that was the basic job of a front-end dev!)  and that they...

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CSS3 Transforms Card Flip Animation

Short and simple this week! I needed to code a card flip animation on hover for a client. I love how simple it is to create cool animations in CSS3. Just a couple lines of code needed! Just uses CSS3 transforms and some backface-visibility. See the Pen CSS3 Transforms Card Flip Animation by Amber Weinberg (@amberweinberg) on CodePen.

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Vertically and Horizontally Align Any Element with CSS3 Transforms

A super simple and foolproof way of centering anything. It works with relative or absolute positioning, which makes it more versatile than other methods I’ve seen. Note: if you’re using position relative to horizontally align your element, it must have a definite width See the Pen Horizontal and Vertical Align Anything by Amber Weinberg (@amberweinberg) on CodePen.

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Client Red Flags & The Art of No

No matter how long you’ve worked in this industry, you’ll always encounter bad clients. A lot of the times, we can spot them from far off and send them packing. Then there are times the red flags don’t start waving until the middle of the project, or we can be so excited to work on a particular project that we completely...

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CSS3 Content Rollover Animations

I’ve recently had a few different clients request some snazzy rollover animations. Basically an image with a title at the bottom, that on rollover moves to the top of the image with a bit of content below. Not one to make things jerky and plain – I decided to jazz this up with smooth animations and fading content – and...

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Super Hijinksified – Developer Starter Theme

A lot of people have been asking if I use a framework for WordPress. I use my own custom blankish framework that allows me to quickly get started on projects. It’s basically the core files, cleaned up, with all the nonsense divs removed, a basic structure and some basic CSS. Super Hijinksified now includes some responsive theming, commonly used WordPress...

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What Being Responsive Really Means

When a new client asks for a responsive site, I always ask them what they mean by “responsive”. Many are still unsure of what this means, and often end up quoting back a lot of industry buzzwords they’ve heard a long the way, usually to do with some kind of framework or jQuery plugin. What a lot of clients don’t...

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Using JS to Hide Site Until Loaded

I recently needed to hide the entire site until everything was loaded and ready, due to using a scroll loading script, which was making the content flash before it was ready to fire. I made a super easy way to do this, using CSS opacity, a tiny bit of JS and a non-JS fallback for usability. In your CSS: body...

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Using Ems In Media Queries For Proportional Layouts

I admit that I’ve never been a fan of ems, and have avoided using them for as long as possible. However after an interesting conversation with a Twitter friend of mine, Matt Hill, he convinced me to try using not only ems for font sizes, but for media queries as well. It took a bit of back and forth before...

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Content Issues in Blogs

Regardless of what others might say about RSS, I still prefer to subscribe to my favorite blogs this way. While I’m sometimes follow them on other social media sites like Twitter or Facebook, oftentimes they don’t announce new posts, or they get lost in the clutter. RSS is the only way I can stay on top of my favorite blogs....

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