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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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Code Progressions from Large Websites

This year has been a busy one for me in terms of changing the way I code everyday. While I try not to jump on bandwagons or use the latest ‘techniques’ or plugins, of course it’s necessary to constantly both keep up with what’s new in our industry, as well as to try and improve our code. I’ve been coding...

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Just Plain Ol' Code

There was once upon a time when being a front-end developer was considered easy. In fact, there once were no designations on the web. When you made websites, you did everything from the design to the code. There were no CMS’s, no fancy Javascript, heck there wasn’t even much CSS. You designed something in Paint Shop Pro and exported it...

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Animations on Scroll with CSS3 & JS

I’ve been working on a really cool site that requires a lot of custom animations on a one page smooth scrolling site. Being the CSS lover I am, most of these are done via CSS3, however they wanted certain panels to have text fade in or slide over when the user scrolled down to it. Nikita and I sat down...

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20 Mobile UI Tips For Developers

My talk from HandHeld 2012. I’ll be writing a conference review for Ubelly in the next day or so. Slide Intro Slide Let’s say your boss comes to you one day and wants you to code a new site that will work across all browsers and devices. “No Problem” you say, because you love responsive design. Slide BUT the designer...

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Practical CSS3 Animations

This was the talk I gave for Reasons To Be Creative, September 4, 2012. Slides and transcript below. (slide2) How’s everyone enjoying Reasons so far? I’ve seen some really fantastic talks these past couple of days, it’s going to be hard to follow them! So for the last couple of weeks, I’ve had a bad ear infection that’s left me...

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Why I'm (Still) Against SASS & LESS

I started off a Twitter debate yesterday (I always seem to stir up trouble) about how I would never use LESS or SASS, and how I’m becoming a minority in the development world. I’ve done a lot of research into both systems, and have read several blog posts from people who were also cautious and then made the jump and...

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Problems in Mobile Development

Last week I was supposed to be giving this talk at iOSDevUK, but unfortunately I had to cancel it because I was sick. So I thought I’d post my notes here for you guys to read and go through. This talk is slightly different from the version I used at previous conferences, as I decided to update and revise it....

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Faux Parallax, Box-Sizing, the Browser Edge and a Bit of Javascript

For the past week and a half, I’ve been working on a site for a client of mine. It’s a very detailed design, along with several small detailed pieces of functionality – which means it took me forever to code just the homepage. However, I was quite surprised at how proud I was when I finally finished it – the...

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CSS3 Animated Buttons

Today I was tasked with creating some wacky CSS3 animated buttons. I started out by looking at one or two tutorials before I was able to come up with something of my own. The button made use of three typical states: regular, hover and active. I started out by coding the buttons so they’d look fine in non-animation capable browsers....

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