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Server-Side Rendering For Client-Side Apps

We want the convenience of a client-side single-page application using our MV* framework of choice, but don't want to sacrifice the SEO and UX benefits of rendering the initial markup on the server. And while we're not here to trash on Node.js, we're also not ready to commit to an all-JavaScript tech stack. Here's our attempt to have the best of both worlds, all the while keeping duplication of logic or code between the front-end and back-end worlds to a minimum.

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CSSDay 2016 Recap

CSSDay was held in sunny Arizona on December 3, 2016. The conference is geared towards front-end developers who want to dive deeper into advanced CSS topics.

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Birds Recommend: Performant Parallaxing with CSS 3D

If you'd like to learn how to create parallax scrolling for your website, Paul Lewis' guide to performant parallaxing is the perfect place to start.

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We Are Not Neutral: 2016 in Review

OddBird is a small company – a shared vision and brand that transforms seven remote contractors into a Web Software Agency. 2016 was a year of big changes for us, individually and as a company. We can't distance ourselves from the world we work in, or the lives of our members, colleagues, and clients. Software is never neutral, and neither are we. There's work to do.

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Designing Using Data

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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How to Choose Beautiful & Accessible Brand Colors for Your Website

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 colors is too many? This step-by-step guide outlines OddBird's process for tackling these challenges.

It's important to define your brand goals first and review them throughout the process. Next, do some research for inspiration. What colors are the other companies in your field using? Use Paletton to generate a cohesive color palette. Test color contrast to ensure accessibility. Finally, create prototypes to make sure you colors work well in context.

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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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