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Pattern Library First: An Approach For Managing CSS

by Rachel Andrew

CSS can be hard to manage across a project, especially when you need to include media queries for various breakpoints and fallbacks for older browsers. In this article, we will take a look at using Fractal to manage components which use CSS Grid.

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What Is Redux: A Designer’s Guide

by Linton Ye

Do you know Redux’s real power is beyond managing the state? As designers, if we understand the advantages and downsides of Redux, we’ll be able to contribute to this decision making from the perspective of design.

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Hugo Giraudel, the person of the week

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Only a few people in our industry have been so generous with their code snippets and knowledge like Hugo Giraudel. Hugo is an accessibility and diversity advocate, author, speaker, and front-end developer. He’s been working on a number of open-source projects related to accessibility, JavaScript, and specifically Sass. Thanks for your remarkable work, dear Hugo, and for keeping the web accessible and diverse. The community wouldn’t be as strong without your efforts!

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Accessibility For Teams

Accessibility is hard: It comes across as a set of complex rules that are hard to follow. Maya shares guidelines to help teams create accessible products and services, so that we can all have a part to play in building accessible products.

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Generative World Cup Posters

The World Cup fever has caught up with nearly everyone, and this calls for a good reason to get creative. Zeh experiments with statistics API and canvas to generate abstract patterns for each game. There’s a new poster displayed in his gallery after every match.

Ryan Singer

Sketching States Of A Software Product

Before launching any product, it helps to create prototypes and clarify any questions that are still unclear before the big day arrives. Ryan experimented with and found it quite compelling to think in terms of flows rather than static screens. Still, very handy indeed!

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A font with integrated graphics? Yes, it’s possible! Nadieh discovers Datalegreya which is a typeface that can interweave data curves with text. Impressive!

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