More CSS Charts, with Grid & Custom Properties

@ CSS Tricks

Inspired by Robin Rendle, I demonstrate some of my early experiments combining CSS Grids and custom properties to create dynamic layouts and data-visualizations.

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Advanced CSS Workshop @ Webconf.asia

| Hong Kong

From building beautiful sites to maintaining complex design systems across applications, CSS is the web-language of design.

Dynamic CSS @ Webconf.asia

| Hong Kong

Don’t let the declarative syntax fool you – CSS is a powerful and dynamic programming language. It’s time to start moving style logic back into the language designed for it.


2019

Inner & Outer Values of the Display Property @ Mozilla Developer [video]

The display property has been in CSS from the beginning, handling everything from block and inline boxes to list-items and full layout systems like flexbox or grid. Now the display syntax is getting an upgrade to match it’s multiple uses.

On Sass & CSS @ Shop Talk Show [podcast]

I drop by the show to talk about Sass in 2019, design tokens, Oddbird, unused CSS, new CSS properties, and Dave & Chris’ explanation of revert.

Why isn’t this CSS doing anything? @ Mozilla Developer [video]

There are a number of property & value combinations that can lead to CSS being inactive, and now Firefox will tell you why. Open the developer tools, and look for the greyed-out property with an info-box on hover.

Faster Layouts with CSS Grid @ Mozilla Developer [video]

CSS Grid has been available in most major browsers since early 2017, and it makes web layout more powerful than ever before. But complex-looking new syntax (line-names! grid-areas! minmax! fit-content! fr units!) and missing IE11 support can make it scary to many developers.

CSS is Rad @ Smashing Conf NY

| New York, NY

Depending who you ask, CSS is either awesome or broken. CSS is not a programming language, unless it is. CSS is too simple and entirely too difficult. CSS is weird –– not like other languages, and not like print design either – but trapped in a strange middle ground with unique rules and constraints.

CSS Revert Video @ Mozilla Developer [video]

I’ve often used initial and unset in my CSS – global keywords that can be applied to any property. The difference is small, but important: unset allows inheritance, while initial does not. But then Firefox implemented revert and I was confused – how is this one different from the others?!

Introducing Sass ModulesCSS Tricks

Sass recently launched a new module system. The new syntax will replace @import with @use and @forward – a big step forward for making Sass partials more readable, performant, and safe.

Why is CSS so Weird? @ Mozilla Developer [video]

CSS is the design language of the web – one of three core web languages – but it also seems to be the most contentious and often perplexing. It’s too easy and too hard, too fragile and too resilient. Love it or hate it, CSS is weird: not quite markup, not quite programming in the imperative sense, and nothing like the design programs we use for print. How did we get here?

Videos, Articles, & Tools @ Mozilla Developer [video]

Over the summer, I’ve been working with Mozilla to help create a new resource for web professionals – with a mix of videos, articles, demos, and open source tools. Today, we’re excited to launch the video channel!

User Unfriendly @ Agnes Scott College

| Atlanta, GA

A project-manager’s reflections on human-centered problem-solving, client communication, and user feedback in agile web development.

Dynamic CSS @ Develop Denver

| Denver, CO

Agile Design Systems @ Agile Alliance

| Washington, DC

Style Guides & Pattern Libraries are great tools for documenting the relationships between code and design, but beautiful docs are only half the battle.

Design Systems & CSS @ Views on Vue [podcast]

We start by talking about design systems and design tooling – how they differ, and the problems they solve.

CSS Custom Properties @ Smashing Magazine

Pushing past the “variable” metaphor, CSS Custom Properties can provide new ways to balance context and isolation in our patterns and components.

Dynamic CSS @ Generate New York

| San Francisco, CA

Has CSS finally come of age? @ Creative Bloq

Steve Jenkins interviews me about the state of CSS, and what’s coming next for the language – from Intrinsic Design to Dynamic CSS.

Advanced CSS Workshop @ Smashing Conf

| San Francisco, CA

From building beautiful sites to maintaining complex design systems across applications, CSS is the web-language of design.

Dynamic CSS @ Smashing Conf

| San Francisco, CA

Dynamic CSS Interview @ Thunder Nerds

Thunder Nerds interview me before her talk at VueConf US 2019.

Don’t Use My Grid System @ Boulder Python

| Boulder, CO

Explore the history of web layout with the creator of Susy – why grid systems exist, how they work, and practical tips to avoid using them.

2018

Fonts & more @ Views on Vue [podcast]

The panel and the guest talk about grid systems, fonts, and more!

Dynamic CSS @ Front Range Front-End

| Denver, CO

Dynamic CSS @ Full Stack Fest

| Barcelona, Spain

Ethics, ES6 in Practice, and Dynamic CSS @ TalkScript [podcast]

On Episode 18, the TalkScript team continues the live-ish at JSConfUS podcast series with guests Myles Borins, Tim Doherty, and Miriam Suzanne. Listen in!

Dynamic CSS @ CSSConf Argentina

| Buenos Aires, Argentina

User Unfriendly @ Metro State Mobile Prototyping

| Denver, CO

2017

Code Patterns @ Refresh Denver

| Denver, CO

Style Guides & Pattern Libraries are great tools for documenting the relationships between code and design, but beautiful docs are only half the battle.

More CSS Charts, with Grid & Custom PropertiesCSS Tricks

Fun with Viewport UnitsCSS Tricks

Viewport units have been around for several years now, with near-perfect support in the major browsers, but I keep finding new and exciting ways to use them. I thought it would be fun to review the basics, and then round-up some of my favorite use-cases.

Code Patterns @ Front Range Front End

| Denver, CO

Getting Started with CSS GridCSS Tricks

It feels like CSS Grid has been coming for a long time now, but it just now seems to be reaching a point where folks are talking more and more about it and that it’s becoming something we should learning.

Losing ControlUVA Scholars’ Lab

| Charlottesville, VA

Some Kind of Resistance Tour @ Open Grounds

| Charlottesville, VA

It’s been a month since our country pseudo-elected a bigoted blow-hard for president. I’m heading to DC to protest his inauguration in January, visit friends, and go on a mixed-media resistance tour…

2016

Some Kind of Resistance Tour

It’s been a month since our country pseudo-elected a bigoted blow-hard for president. I’m heading to DC to protest his inauguration in January, visit friends, and go on a mixed-media resistance tour…

Loops in CSS PreprocessorsCSS Tricks

No matter what acronym drives your selectors (BEM, OOCSS, SMACSS, ETC), loops can help keep your patterns more readable and maintainable, baking them directly into your code. We’ll take a look at what loops can do, and how to use them in the major CSS preprocessors.

*Beyond Pixels Profile @ Net Magazine

Miriam Suzanne creates experimental experiences with her band and her fellow developers.

An Interview with Miriam SuzanneCSS Tricks

Chris Coyier interviews Miriam when she joins the CSS Tricks team as a Staff Writer. We talk about gettting started in the industry, name confusion, fouding OddBird, building Susy, and more.

Versioning Show, Episode 8 @ SitePoint [podcast]

In this episode of the Versioning Show, Tim and David are joined by Miriam Suzanne, best known for Susy, a responsive layout toolkit for Sass. They discuss going from being a lurker to finding your voice, the importance of writing about what you’re learning, stumbling into fame, approaching new projects, and unit testing in Sass.

Sass Map Magic @ CSSConf 2016

| Boston, MA

Maps are a powerful data type in Sass — perfect for managing color and scale palettes, framework configuration, data storage, and more.

Jump Start Sass @ SitePoint

Using Sass, you can write your stylesheets in a more concise, dynamic, and readable way, and cut down many of the repetitive tasks that come with writing vanilla CSS. This book provides a thorough introduction to Sass for the beginner.

2015

Herman: design docs @ OddBird

Design systems streamline development, communication, and consistency – but often rely on dedicated teams and extended budgets. We wanted a tool that helps create and maintain living style guides & pattern libraries in an agile process, and on a budget. Herman helps you keep your development process simple – and your UX consistent – as you iterate on patterns and scale over time.

Sassy Toolkits @ Frontend Zurich

| Zurich, Switzerland

a case-study in building and sharing open-source Sass

2014

Book – Learning Susy @ Zell Liew [[link]]

Susy is a lightweight grid-layout engine for Sass, designed to simplify and clarify responsive grid layouts without ever getting in your way. Originally released in 2009, Susy has become one of the most popular layout frameworks on the web.

Accoutrement: design utils @ OddBird

Design systems must be meaningful to both humans and machines Accoutrement provides Sass design-token management that improves readability and consistency, while encouraging automation. These tools integrate with Herman, the OddBird pattern-library generator.

2013

True: unit-testing @ OddBird

True is a full-featured unit-testing library for Sass. The core functionality is written in pure SassScript, so it can be used anywhere Sass is compiled. Advanced features are available with our test-runner integration and Mocha.

2012

Into the Green Green Mud @ greengreenmud.com

A novel about new love, moving apart, and what comes next. A love story, and an after-love story – told wiith poetry and pictures.

2009

Susy: layout toolkit @ OddBird

Susy is a lightweight grid-layout engine for Sass, designed to simplify and clarify responsive grid layouts without ever getting in your way. Originally released in 2009, Susy has become one of the most popular layout frameworks on the web.