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Designing Using Data

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Stacy Kvernmo With over 14 years of experience, Stacy takes the lead on interface development, architecting accessible and maintainable HTML, CSS, and Sass. Balancing a love of design and code, she enjoys ...

Ongoing education in our industry is a must. Attending conferences is a great way to learn and network with other industry professionals. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to attend conferences, but have no fear! Many of the best conferences post videos online, giving our community an easy way to learn on our own time from anywhere in the world. Our first video in this series is a talk by Sarah Parmenter titled “Designing Using Data” given at An Event Apart Orlando.

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Open Brand Identity Design Part 2: Please Steal These Ideas

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Sondra Eby Sondra spearheads the design process through user testing, brand development, and interface design. She has been creating custom brands and integrated web graphics for over eleven years. She has ...

How do you select a set of colors that express the attitude of your brand, look great together, and pass WCAG accessibility standards? How many brand colors is too many? How do you keep track of all these moving parts without getting completely overwhelmed? Color toolkit to the rescue!

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Open Brand Identity Design: Please Steal These Ideas

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Sondra Eby Sondra spearheads the design process through user testing, brand development, and interface design. She has been creating custom brands and integrated web graphics for over eleven years. She has ...

How do you choose the best fonts and colors for a brand identity among the thousands of options available on the interwebs these days – fonts and colors that perfectly express the mood you or your client want to evoke when users encounter your company – while also meeting accessibility standards, and standing out from the masses?

Whether you’re starting from scratch or rebranding like us, use this step-by-step guide to help focus and direct your decisions.

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A Rebase-Centric Model of Collaborative Git Use

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Kit La Touche Kit co-leads our server-side development, managing code architecture, database design, and deployment. He is a web developer, computational linguist, Linux system administrator, and game ...

If you want to make sense of your git history more easily when you go back, try rebasing as you go. Rebasing while collaborating with others can get hairy quickly. But here's one way to make it work.

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What's Old is New: Drop Caps in CSS

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Stacy Kvernmo With over 14 years of experience, Stacy takes the lead on interface development, architecting accessible and maintainable HTML, CSS, and Sass. Balancing a love of design and code, she enjoys ...

Using an emphasized initial letter is a technique that has been used for centuries. Let's dive in to see some ways you can apply it to your project to help guide your reader with visual hierarchy.

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A Visit to the RESTful SPA

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Kit La Touche Kit co-leads our server-side development, managing code architecture, database design, and deployment. He is a web developer, computational linguist, Linux system administrator, and game ...

You can't always get away with a single-page app; sometimes you need server-side rendering. When you need both, here's one approach.

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Behind the Scenes: OddSite Brand Process

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Sondra Eby Sondra spearheads the design process through user testing, brand development, and interface design. She has been creating custom brands and integrated web graphics for over eleven years. She has ...

What follows is an in-depth look at our brand design process thus far as we work towards a new look and feel for this, our OddSite. Details. Confessions. What worked. What flopped. And why.

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SitePoint: Live Q&A with Miriam

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Miriam Suzanne a process manager, user-experience designer, and front-end architect, and co-founder of OddBird. She is the creator of Susy, and co-author of SitePoint’s Jump Start Sass.

I did a live Q&A at SitePoint back in August. We talked about customizing Susy for your needs, why you might not need a grid system, other tools I'm working on, and how to select or build your own toolkits.

It was a wild two-hours of typing as fast as I could, and hoping to sound intelligent. Thanks for asking the questions!

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Auditioning Github Projects

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Miriam Suzanne a process manager, user-experience designer, and front-end architect, and co-founder of OddBird. She is the creator of Susy, and co-author of SitePoint’s Jump Start Sass.

With the release of kanban-style project boards, we decided to move our open-design process over to GitHub and give it a try.

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CSSConf 2016 Recap

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Miriam Suzanne a process manager, user-experience designer, and front-end architect, and co-founder of OddBird. She is the creator of Susy, and co-author of SitePoint’s Jump Start Sass.

It was a pleasure speaking at CSSConf 2016 in Boston! Here are some of my notes from the event — coverig everything from creativity and the Bauhaus movement to SVG 2 internals, React styles, CSS grid layouts, and custom properties (e.g. CSS-native variables). I included links to slides and video whenever possible.

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