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Issue 101

Design systems, grid systems, awesome CSS and browser diversity

Rachel Andrew
2 min read


Issue 101

Last Friday I spoke at Patterns Day in Brighton. I managed to sneak a little bit of CSS Grid into my talk, however mostly I was introducing our Perch Pattern Library, developed for the Perch and Runway version 3 User Interface. You can find my slides here and audio of the talk - there will be an video on the way. Patterns Day was excellent, there was a hint that perhaps it may be back next year, so look out for that!

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CSS Layout News


You do not need a CSS Grid based Grid System

I'm seeing a bunch of "CSS Grid Grid Systems" flying about, the ones I've seen all take a step back, and instead of using grid try and turn it back into Flexbox by creating rows in markup.

Sticky headers (#1/3)

Part 1 of an excellent three-part series on Sticky Headers - also read part two and part three.

CSS is Awesome | CSS-Tricks

A fun little breakdown of the CSS is Awesome joke.


Because Browser Diversity Is Good For The Web – Samsung Internet Developers – Medium

A lovely article reminding us that browser diversity is good for the web. Having seen what happens when one browser gets a vast majority market share I don't want to go back there again. It is good to be reminded of that.

Why bother building a Web Layout Engine? |

On the subject of browser diversity, an explanation of why build your own layout engine rather than using an existing one.

Meet “Design Systems”, A New Smashing Book (Pre-Release) – Smashing Magazine

This is a book rather than a free resource however having heard Alla Kholmatova speak at Patterns Day last week I think it is a worthy inclusion if you want to approach design in a modular way.

If you want to hear Alla speak on this subject before buying the book, you can hear the audio of her talk from Patterns Day. I believe video will also be available soon.

Fixing fieldsets — That Emil is Emil Björklund

Thoughts on fixing fieldsets using display: contents.

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