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Issue 219

CSS Grid Naming, Layout fun with grid, list styling, and more Inspired Design Decisions.

Rachel Andrew
3 min read


Issue 219

I'm briefly back in the UK after Fronteers and View Source. I can't wait to share the videos from these two events with you, I've had so many great discussions about the web and CSS over the last week, it really was just like TPAC had continued, spilling out of Japan and into Europe!

What has been exciting is the number of people who are asking questions and wanting to understand more about the standards process, and how CSS or other web technologies get made. It is no secret that I'm keen for everyone to understand, support and even contribute to the platform. It makes me happy when people engage with the subject and want to understand their medium in a deeper way than simply using it to get a job done.

More on that in the coming weeks, but for now enjoy this collection of interesting layout things. Thank you to An Event Apart for sponsoring. I'll be heading to AEA Denver at the end of this month, and then AEA San Francisco in December with a brand new talk! I'd best get working on it.

Rachel Andrew, CSS Layout News


Editorial Design Patterns With CSS Grid And Named Columns — Smashing Magazine

I have been playing with named lines in Grid and extending that into subgrids, I think this technique is going to be very nice indeed once we have subgrid everywhere - take a look.

Powerful New CSS for Styling Bullets, Numbers, and List Markers - YouTube

Earlier this year Firefox shipped support for ::marker which I thought was interesting (it's one of those things you kind of feel we should have been able to do forever). I wrote an article about lists and markers for Smashing. If you prefer to learn by video, here's a nice one from the Mozilla Developer channel.

Who Designed This? Where Web Platform features come from, and how to get involved

I was at Fronteers Conference this week, and here are my slides for my talk Who designed this?

A Modern CSS Reset - Andy Bell

I'm generally not a huge fan of CSS resets, not the type which are simply copied into every project without thought. I'm answered many a question from a person confused due to something they had included in their project with a CSS reset, but not known what it did.

I do like Andy's approach however of explaining what he uses and why, as I think most of us do have some kind of starting point stylesheet with common things in it.

Inspired Design Decisions: Bea Feitler, An Unstoppable Creative Force — Smashing Magazine

In this issue of Inspired Design Decisions, Andy creates a layout inspired by the work of Bea Feitler. I'm enjoying this series - even as a non-designer - I find that the explanations of the various design choices make more sense to me than simply looking at the layouts.

Andy Clarke - Inspired by CSS Grid - YouTube

From State of The Browser, and along the same lines as the Inspired Design Decisions article is this talk by Andy Clarke.


Screen Size Map

While precisely targeting particular screen sizes is not in general the best approach for responsive design, this visualization of screen sizes is nicely done and helps give an idea of the common viewport sizes people might be looking at your site with.

Layout-Fun with CSS Grid

A couple of interesting little things in this demo.

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