Mike Fortress explains how was Sprout team able to reduce page size and page load time significantly by using animated SVGs instead of GIFs.
Sara Soueidan explores all the current techniques for creating image or texture filled text and explains how to apply them.
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Articles & Tutorials
Ben Frain shows how Sass 3.3 enables you to easily work with BEM/OOCSS methodologies.
Paul Lewis explores the performance implications of using WebKitCSSMatrix for building 3D transforms (versus building 3D transforms with strings on the fly).
An excellent introduction to Stylus CSS preprocessor by David Walsh.
Louis Lazaris explains that IE11 Document mode doesn’t support conditional comments. Therefore, you’ll have to resort to VMs if you want to correctly test conditional comments.
Osvaldas Valutis demonstrates where and why to use calc() and shows how can calc() be useful even when you’re not calculating anything.
The Monkey Inferno is a startup idea lab where we work in small teams to dream up and build new consumer web products. We’re hiring a Front End Engineer to work on a variety of challenges — from established websites to experimental ventures to mobile webviews.
A short while ago an awesome Buttons library by Alex Wolfe was featured here; if you’re using it, you’ll be pleased to know that v1 of the library was just released. One of the best new features is completely rebuilt builder, which will allow you to easily customize every aspect of the library and then download it. Make sure you check it out.
Colorpeek is a Chrome extension that helps you quickly see and share colors in whatever CSS notation you’re already using. It supports hex, RGB(a), HSL(a), named colors and even some non-standard brand colors.
Rachel Nabors explains in detail how she created an incredible interactive storybook web app called Alice in Videoland. Also, make sure you check out the supplemental article on Adobe Inspire, which focuses on the artistic/retina perspective.
Until next week