Link: CSS Writing Modes

This article on 24 Ways by Jen Simmons is being linked to a lot these days, for good reason.

I had no idea about so much of this. It’s a whole new world of layout thinking out there.

Layer Cake: A Responsive Design Layout Pattern

There is a design pattern that I’ve noticed emerge on a lot of the responsive projects that I’ve worked on in the last few years. They have all tended to gravitate towards a particular kind of layout. There are a lot of situations where this pattern is helpful, so I wanted to write a bit about it.

I call it “The Layer Cake” – it’s a way to approach page layout in a responsive design. You can also call it ‘tiered’ layout – but, mmmmm – cake. This differs from a regular ‘multi column’ layout in that there is no all-encompassing container, or long running sidebars. There can be multiple columns within a layer, though.

A 2 Column Layout vs. a Layer Cake

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Creativity is yet to come in Web Design


The above talk was given by Andy Clarke last November, lamenting the lack of “soul” and creativity in Web Design. He argues that the industry’s fixation on process and execution has left little room for great ideas.

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