Christian Heilmann avatar Christian Heilmann

Style Stage and old people of the web

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Let’s not get too hung up about the past and how much great and good we did back then. And let’s fight that first urge to be snarky and feel a “oh god, not again” in our heads as that is our baggage and not the one of the web community. We’ve dropped the ball somewhere along the line talking exclusively to a receptive audience instead of moving on with our advocacy into academia, enterprise and education.

I have to admit it sometimes happens to me, unfortunately. I'll keep this in my mind for next time.


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    Vasilis van Gemert

    Our web design tools are holding us back

    nowadays we can build things with CSS that are impossible to create with our design tools. We have scroll-snap, we have complicated animations, we have all kinds of wonderful interaction, grid, flexbox, all kinds of shapes, and so much more that you won’t find in the drop down menus of your tool of choice. Yet our websites still look and behave like they were designed with photoshop.

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    Brad Frost avatar Brad Frost

    Layout & Grid in Design Systems

    This interdisciplinary disconnect around grid’s mental model affects how teams execute grid. In a broken, unidirectional, “developer handoff” process, design comps are treated as sacrosanct, and developers see that 12-column semi-transparent pink guideline as a hard requirement that must implemented exactly as articulated by the static design tool. This is how a “how to do a 12-column grid in HTML/CSS?” Google search ultimately led to massive success for tools like Bootstrap. Despite the introduction of many new CSS technologies and layout techniques over many years, this antiquated 12-column mental model still dominates a lot of conversations around layout and grid.