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OddBird

Co-Founder: Custom web applications, developer tools, and training

CSS Tricks

Staff Writer: Blog for people who make websites

Sass

Core Contributor: CSS with superpowers

Google Chrome

Open Consultant: New specifications & browser priorities

Mozilla Developer

DevRel Contractor: Videos, articles, & tools from Mozilla (and OddBird)

134 ‘code’ episodes

2021

| talk

Styling the Intrinsic Web @ An Event Apart Fall Summit | Online

Over the last decade, Responsive Web Design and Object Oriented CSS have grown from exciting new trends into the foundations of modern, component-driven web design. But our medium is not done evolving.

| code art

Monkey Writr

A monkey hitting keys at random for an infinite amount of time will eventually want some help writing Hamlet (or whatever). You’re the monkey. We’re here to help.

| talk

Container Queries & The Future of CSS @ Smashing Meets CSSummer | Online

New CSS proposals like Container Queries, Cascade Layers, Scoped Styles, and Nesting are all aimed at improving the way we write responsive components and design systems.

| podcast

Web Ecosystem Health Part VI @ Igalia Chats

Igalia’s Brian Kardell sits down to chat with Miriam and Rachel Andrew about who works on standards, and who pays for that work.

| podcast

CSSWG, Container Queries, Scope, and Layers @ Word Wrap Show

I talk with Claire and Steph about my journey into webdev and onto the CSSWG, what I find frustrating about how others use CSS, and the three specs I’m working on.

| article

Support (Not) Unknown @ OddBird.net

Working on a new CSS feature like Container Queries, one of the most important considerations is to ensure a “migration path” – a way for developers to start integrating the new code, without breaking their sites on legacy browsers.

| podcast

Container Queries & the CSSWG @ The F-Word

I chat with Bruce Lawson & Vadim Makeev about Sass & Susy, CSS Layers & compatibility, Container Queries, and the CSS Working Group.

| podcast

What Is The Future Of CSS? @ Smashing Magazine

Starting a new season of the Smashing Podcast with a look at the future of CSS. What new specs will be landing in browsers soon? Drew McLellan talks to Miriam to find out.

| article

Container Queries Explainer & Proposal CSSWG

Media-queries allow an author to make style changes based on the overall viewport dimensions – but in many cases, authors would prefer styling modular components based on their context within a layout.

| talk

Beyond CSS Variables @ An Event Apart Spring Summit | Online

CSS Custom Properties (aka Cascading Variables) have gained broad browser support since 2015 – but what are they good for, and why do we need them?

2020

| podcast

CSS, Sass, and Playwriting @ Enjoy The Vue

I join Ari, Ben, and Tessa to talk about getting into CSS from other languages, the absurdly massive problem CSS is designed to solve, and the mental model behind the language.

| code

Open CSS Notebook @ css.oddbird.net

As I spend more of my time working on the CSS language, I wanted a place to take notes and explore new ideas in the open.

| talk

Dissecting CSS Conventions @ An Event Apart Fall Summit | Online

How do we write code that is modular & maintainable, in a language designed to be systematic & contextual?

| talk

When Variables Cascade @ SmashingConf Austin/NY | Online

The Cascade makes CSS unique – forcing us to revisit even the most common programming feature: the variable.

| talk

CSS is Rad @ Design 4 Drupal Webinar Series | Online

The web is designed to work across platforms, devices, languages, and interfaces – but how can we possibly design for that unknown and always-changing canvas?

| talk

CSS is Rad @ SmashingConf Live | Online

| talk

Dynamic CSS @ Shift Remote | Online

Don’t let the declarative syntax fool you – CSS is a powerful and dynamic programming language.

| talk

Cascade Aligned Programming @ Front Range Front End | Online

From the very start, “web design” has posed a nearly impossible paradox.

| article

Custom Property “Stacks" CSS Tricks

CSS Custom Properties allow us to manage and control both cascade and inheritance in new ways.

| workshop

Resilient Web Systems @ Smashing Workshops | Online

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

| podcast

Design Systems AMA @ Jina Anne

Jina and I answer questions about CSS, Sass, Design Systems, and more!

| podcast

Authoring the future of CSS @ Party Corgi

A spinoff of the Party Corgi Network discord. I chat with Chris Biscardi about The CSS Working Group, open-source projects, art, and music.

2019

| video

Selector Support Queries @ Mozilla Developer

Firefox 69 was the first to implement selector feature queries, but other browsers are following suit. I’ll show you how it works, and how to start using this new feature query right away.

| talk

CSS is Rad @ Front Range Front End | Denver, CO

| video

Overflow-Wrap in CSS @ Mozilla Developer

Horizontal text overflow has always been difficult to manage on the web. The default visible overflow is designed to make sure content remains accessible no matter the size of a containing box, but it’s not our only option.

| code lol

CSS Most Normalizer-est

| video

Scroll Snap in CSS @ Mozilla Developer

When we’re scrolling down a page, or through a gallery of images, snap-targets can help guide us from one section or image to the next. In the past, developers have used JavaScript to hijack scrolling, but now we can manage scroll alignment directly in CSS with only a few lines of code.

| podcast

On Sass & CSS @ Shop Talk Show

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.

| video

Inner & Outer Values of the Display Property @ Mozilla Developer

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.

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

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.

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Laying out Forms using Subgrid @ Mozilla Developer

It’s a common pattern to align form labels and inputs in grid-like layout. I’ll show you how to do it quickly using CSS subgrid, with several quick fallbacks.

| talk

CSS is Rad @ Smashing Conf NY | New York, NY

The web is designed to work across platforms, devices, languages, and interfaces – but how can we possibly design for that unknown and always-changing canvas?

| video

Subgrid for Better Card Layouts @ Mozilla Developer

Card layouts are popular on the web, rows and columns of boxes with similar content. CSS grids can help align those cards, but it’s still be hard to line-up content inside the cards – headers and footers that might need more or less room.

| video

Faster Layouts with CSS Grid @ Mozilla Developer

For years, we’ve struggled to build resilient layouts on the web, but CSS Grid promises to change all that – and you can start using it now, with only a few properties and basic concepts.

| video

CSS Revert @ Mozilla Developer

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?!

| article

Introducing Sass Modules CSS 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.

| video

Why is CSS so Weird? @ Mozilla Developer

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?

| video

Styling Lists in CSS @ Mozilla Developer

When you create lists in HTML, browsers add bullet-points or numbers we call list markers. Now CSS gives us the tools to style those list markers, and even create our own!

| talk

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.

| code lol

F*CSS

In the CSS naming-convention arms race to lowest specificity, I’ve decided to only use universal * selectors. I call it F*CSS.

| talk

Dynamic CSS @ Develop Denver | Denver, CO

| talk

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.

| podcast

Design Systems & CSS @ Views on Vue

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

| article

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.

| talk

User Unfriendly @ Design 4 Drupal [keynote] | Boston, MA

| talk

User Unfriendly @ Open Source Conference | Denver, CO

| talk

Dynamic CSS @ Generate New York | San Francisco, CA

| interview

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.

| workshop

Advanced CSS & Sass @ Smashing Conf | San Francisco, CA

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

| talk

Dynamic CSS @ Smashing Conf | San Francisco, CA

| talk

Dynamic CSS @ VueConf US | Tampa, FL

| podcast

On Dynamic CSS @ Thunder Nerds

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

| talk

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

| podcast

Fonts & more @ Views on Vue

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

| talk

Dynamic CSS @ Front Range Front-End | Denver, CO

| talk

Dynamic CSS @ Full Stack Fest | Barcelona, Spain

| podcast

Ethics, ES6 in Practice, and Dynamic CSS @ TalkScript

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!

| talk

Dynamic CSS @ JSConf US | Carlsbad, CA

| talk

Dynamic CSS @ CSSConf Argentina | Buenos Aires, Argentina

| talk

Planning Your Web Project @ Boost Biz Ed | Westminster, CO

A non-technical guide for taking your project from concept to launch, without ever losing sight of the goals.

| talk

User Unfriendly @ Metro State Mobile Prototyping | Denver, CO

2017

| talk

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.

| article

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.

| article

Fun with Viewport Units CSS 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.

| talk

Code Patterns @ Front Range Front End | Denver, CO

| video

Getting Started with CSS Grid CSS 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.

| talk

Losing Control UVA Scholars’ Lab | Charlottesville, VA

| journal

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…

| talk

Code Patterns @ Gotham Sass | New York, NY

2016

| journal

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…

| article

Loops in CSS Preprocessors CSS 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.

| interview

*Beyond Pixels Profile @ Net Magazine

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

| article

An Interview with Miriam Suzanne CSS 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.

| podcast

Versioning Show, Episode 8 @ SitePoint

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.

| talk

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.

| talk

Code Patterns @ Clarity | San Francisco, CA

| book

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. Co-writen with my friend Kitty Giraudel.

2015

| web tooling

Herman @ OddBird

Design systems streamline development, communication, and consistency – but often rely on dedicated teams and extended budgets.

| talk

Sassy Toolkits @ Frontend Zurich | Zurich, Switzerland

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

| talk

Sass Map Magic @ Future Insights Live | Las Vegas, NV

2014

| sass tooling

Accoutrement @ 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.

2013

| sass tooling

True @ 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 JS test-runner integration.

2012

| novel

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

| sass tooling

Susy @ 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.