REMs And Viewport Measurements — Why You Shouldn’t Use Them Yet

Designing for the web means designing flexibly. It means dropping absolute measurements and adopting relative ones like em and %. There will be exceptions, but for most things you should be using relative measurements.

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How Design Patterns And Component Libraries Create Unity And Context

Earlier in the week I offered some thoughts about components, design patterns, and pattern libraries. In that post I shared some things about the house I grew up in and how it was built on the same plan as other houses in the neighborhood. I want to talk a little more about the neighborhood and how it created a context for each of the houses within.

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Components, Design Patterns, and Creative Solutions To Custom Problems

I grew up in a house on suburban Long Island. The house was in the middle of a neighborhood where all the houses were built on the same plan. They were all built from the same design pattern.

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Design as Commodity — Sometimes Good Enough Is Good Enough

When I first began my career as a freelance web designer I spent a lot of time at small business forums. In part it was to get my name out in front of the people I though would become potential clients. It was also a way to observe what they were looking for in a web design solution so I could tailor my services to the market I wanted to serve.

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Thoughts For The Future Of Responsive Images

What’s the best way to approach responsive images? Is there a best size image to use? A best resolution? How about a best format? We have so many things to think about when it comes to images and responsive design. I’d like to offer a few other things to think about that ideally make answering many of the questions we now ask easier.

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