In a responsive world, managing font sizes can be tricky. So how can an atomic approach help?
An in depth tutorial to add buttery smooth animations to reveal your website search.
Icon fonts are used for their convenience, which generally can’t be matched by SVG. However, this post aims to guide you through the setup and get to a similar level of convenience.
Headroom.js is a popular plugin for providing additional functionality in having a fixed header. It has a lot of additional callbacks and options, to make sure you can cover a variety of situations. One of those things is stopping it from hiding when your navigation is open.
Following up from the design in Illustrator post, it’s time to code the design. Using flexbox to do the heavy lifting for the layout, the focus can be on matching the design and improving on it through being able to show the button state.
Since they appeared in iOS it’s been a trend to recreate these using CSS only. The technique uses the adjacent sibling selector and a hidden checkbox to retain use of the :checked pseudo class. In this post I wanted to take a look at this myself and recreate the toggle style.
As part of using Wordpress, and any other part of making a website, for that matter, you acquire reusable parts. As well as discover functions that aren’t shouted about. In this post I’ve shared a few with usage.
As I’ve spent time understanding the approach, it really makes sense for most CSS. Particularly spacing and font sizes. In this post I’m going to explain; why you may want to use this approach, and how to adapt it to your style of writing CSS.
I figured I would write a post about the tools I use. Some will be familiar, but hopefully there are some that are unfamiliar and end up being useful to you.
This post builds upon the previous one in making it editable with Wordpress, using the Customizer API and the newest functionality since 4.5 selective refresh. With this you can make a really smooth and quick editing experience.
The second to last post in this series, coding the page. You’re going to build the page using flexbox and make it responsive. The method that will be used to make it responsive, is mostly mobile first, but it will be making logical decisions based on where CSS only needs applying. This saves you from having to undo it in another media query.
With Wordpress there are a lot of ways to the same thing, for good reason, sometimes you can’t do it one way or the other. This can make it tricky to remember how to do it for each instance. At least this is the case for me. I want to use this post to serve as a guide for each method of doing so. I won’t be covering their parameters, just the necessary steps to retrieve an image.
Part of the website world is making it more accessible to bots. Be it search, social or a service like Instapaper. The reason we do this is so our content looks more appealing and isn’t left up to them, to scrape text and images they think is best. I’ll be showing you how I have done it recently with JSON-LD.
I’ve wanted to explore CSS shapes for a little while now and get a good understanding for it. Find potential use cases, strengths and weaknesses. In this post I’m going to cover the level one properties. At the time of writing level two is in the editors draft and looks to be bringing much more power to them.
The inline-block method is an effective float based layout alternative. It’s easier to align and removes the need to clear floats.
I first wrote a tutorial little while back on horizontal scrolling navigation, with the intention of accommodating only mobile devices. As with every device I have come across, the usability of horizontal scrolling areas is good.
How do you maintain a perfect square shape with a responsive layout? The solution appears simple; the only issue is your content. Which if you want to maintain a square shape it should be able to accommodate the content. I’ll show you how to do it in with this quick tip.
I was looking through photos in Finder, and I was finding it frustrating to scan many photos quickly. The problem was down to the horizontal scrolling sections; it is quite quick to flick through but it became tedious. I wanted to see more pictures at once, here’s a solution inspired by Finder.
Feature detection is a core part of day to day life as someone who makes websites. It’s one of those features I usually hand off to Modernizr. I recently saw a tweet, which spurred the curiosity to see if we’re ready to use the @supports feature query. Now is definitely a good time to start.
There are many opinions against rolling your own CSS framework. To the extent, it can make you think, let’s get bootstrap (or another) and see what happens.I genuinely believe there is no harm in making your own. I started one a couple of years ago and have just got back to it recently (as I have been focused more on designing lately). It isn’t in too bad shape, but it’s made me evaluate it and begin refining it again. There’s value in creating your own if you use it regularly and keep it up to date.
Grunticon updated to V2 a while ago now and what came with it was the ability to insert inline SVG. This is great because it can generate the necessary fallbacks and not ruin layout in old browsers with the presence of an
One of the trickiest things to deal with cross browser is the styling of form elements. All browsers influence these strictly, but over the years the ‘appearance’ property has been present in WebKit and Blink browsers, and Firefox to help gain some control. More recently it’s been added to Edge. It is a little more to it than just using this property. I’ll explain the advantages and drawbacks to this and how I handle it. The goal of this post is to give you the base for you to apply your visual style on top of. I will be covering text, button and select elements.
Following on nicely from the previous post. One of the things with critical path CSS, is you can’t use wp_enqueue_style. It’s not a huge deal, as the easiest way to get around it is by putting it in yourthe regular way. Though when you combine that with cookies and
This post is a follow up to a different method for horizontal scrolling navigation which used inline-block. In this post, I want to cover how flexbox can be used to achieve the same thing and the benefits over the inline-block method.
One of the best things about Sass, is the ability to adjust colour nicely and be able to apply that, consistently across, many colours.In this post I’m going to demonstrate, as I have in the past with scale-color. How you can create gradients, that look much more harmonious. Instead of the standard, take the colour and darken it. Using adjust-hue and scale-color we can achieve this.
The great thing about the Wordpress customiser, is it allows you to make editable regions throughout your website. Without giving you too much control, but allowing that, real time, visual focus.You could have much of the functionality, I will show, within the admin panel. However, being able to make the edits in real time, makes decision making, easier. Particularly, with how your text or images display.
One of the frustrating things about the letter-spacing property is the addition of the letter-spacing you apply to the last letter of the text. This is fine when you have left aligned text, however if you right align or centre the text, you’re left with a little bit of space.
I have only recently looked into using the custom meta boxes that come with Wordpress. I’ve been a fan of Advanced Custom Fields for a long time, so it’s something I’ve never had a great urge to use.I’m going share with you over the course of this post how to get them set up. You’ll learn to add them efficiently, how to add custom CSS, change placement to under the title and finally how to use them in your theme.
If you use Wordpress, it’s likely you’ll be familiar with the_post_thumbnail() or one of its variants. In this post I want to provide a way of using srcset with your post thumbnails today. The aim will be to create a similar function, that takes the same parameters and except the output will contain the srcset attribute.
Sass maps can provide some powerful functionality to make life easier and less repetitive. I’ll cover briefly how to use them and then detail some of the cases that I use them, as I don’t think the benefits are immediate.
With blend modes we can apply a vintage style to any image like we would in Photoshop. Blend modes is something I have been looking forward to coming to CSS for a while and this feels like a fitting way for me to share a deeper look at them. You can test them for yourself with the demo at the bottom.
Flexbox is still one of those properties that isn’t quite ready for prime time use. Due to the necessary support of IE 8 and 10. There are some uses of flexbox we can use for ‘free’ without worry of any knock on effects. These are especially handy if we don’t have the time to invest into heavily flexbox based layouts.
If you’re looking for an alternative approach to responsive navigation, which doesn’t involve the ‘hamburger’ this may be for you.
I wrote about critical path CSS earlier in the year, but didn’t cover using cookies to cover the caching part. So, this post will assume that you’ve previously set up your CSS in a similar manner. If not, I advise you read my post about it.After this post, you’ll be able to setup a cookie, to check if a visitor has the CSS cached and no longer requires the critical path CSS.
This isn’t a new idea, but it’s something I have been thinking about more. The idea is that you don’t add a base level of styles, eg: all headings will have a margin of x amount. This of course doesn’t rule out things like using normalize.css.I mention margin, because, when building a website, it becomes inconsistent in many areas. It happens, we get used to the way the website looks, and notice inconsistencies less.I intend to overcome this by having a set of reusable classes and targeting trickier areas. Nothing groundbreaking, it just helps you to think more about adding styles.
Discovering this CSS feature will make my life much easier where it concerns the positioning of images. It’s like background-size for background images. It’s easy to use and behaves in a similar way albeit different naming. I’m going to show how object-fit and viewport relative units can allow us, to size inline images, without worrying about distortion.
One of my most popular posts Sass hints & tips is a little dated. I was considering just editing the post, but there is still some value in that post. Instead I decided to revisit it through a new post. I will cover a couple of newer additions to Sass that I use and using extensions like Breakpoint for managing media queries in an effective way.
Testing a responsive design on an actual device can be quite annoying when you’re down to the point of refining the design and making it more appropriate to such a small screen. As it’s usually testing and refining the best you can locally, then checking on the device through whatever means you usually do it.
When designing a website you can have varied text colours depending on the background colour. This can be an area of frustration due to the unknown elements that could potentially be contained within an area. Here’s a simple technique for overcoming that.
Using SVG filter effects wasn’t something I was aware of and they have good browser support.However, they are greatly useful when you’re adding illustration with certain details to your website. Even though I only used the gaussian blur filter, I encountered some problems when using it and I’m sure it will apply to using others.
The great thing about SVG is CSS can modify it. Which allows you to modify the way paths look quite drastically. This is really handy for saving on page weight because you don’t have to load multiple images and it looks like it was meant to happen.
Images for me is something I consider the most tricky part of building a website, particularly for a portfolio focused website. It’s important to display these images in the best quality and smallest file size you can.
A look at a website I made. Starting with how I setup critical and asynchronous CSS to be a maintainable part of my workflow.
Initially I thought it would be quite frustrating to get going with SVG, but after jumping in and seeing where I got it’s quite simple.
Sass has a handy feature for setting defaults for mixins and variables to override easily later. So how do you use it?
There are a lot of units of measurement in CSS. The em is a powerful unit you can use to efficiently scale elements.
An attempt at adding browser chrome to images without the need for extra markup.
I’m going to run through a few of my favourite mixins that I have come to rely on.
I have been recently trying to get a consistent look across my element mixin no matter the colour. That’s where scale-color comes in.
This mixin is one I’ve been using for a few months now to create buttons/anything with a particular style.
A selection of tips for those getting started with a Sass.
A handy feature allowing you to differentiate different post types from others without needing a post type.
In this tutorial I will show you how to make buttons in CSS with a nice 3D like effect. It’s really simple and all it takes is understanding where and when you need box-shadow. It’s all dependent on preference too and how you would like them.