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How to Choose Engaging & Accessible Typography for Your Website Brand

How do you choose the best fonts for a brand identity among the thousands of options available on the interwebs these days? Whether you’re starting from scratch or rebranding like us, this step-by-step guide can help focus and direct your process.

First, define your brand goals. Next, explore your options. There are many excellect resources that offer free, high quality, and accessible fonts; I list 7 of my favorites in this guide. Create element collages to test your typeface pairings in context. Finally, vote on the best options with your team.

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A Rebase-Centric Model of Collaborative Git Use

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Will CSS Grid Layout Enable Creative Design?

CSS Grid Layout is shaping up to be the layout tool we've always wanted on the web. How can we use it to start creating interesting layouts?

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Defining Goals, Exploring Possibilities

OddBird met for a work retreat in April. On the Oddgenda: grow the company and redesign OddSite. I came home from retreat tasked with reviewing OddBird’s web presence and proposing ways to improve communication about our process and services in order to attract new clients.

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