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A Sass color keyword system for designers. Replaces CSS defaults with improved hues and more memorable, relevant color names.

CSSslidy: an auto-generated #RWD image slider. 3.8K of JS, no JQuery. Drop in images, add a line of CSS. Done.

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I Have The Best Students, Part Four

students

Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Over the last few days I’ve been reminded just how wonderful some of my web design students in the NMPD program are:

Making and Faking Ordinals on Web Pages

css / typography

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes, 15 seconds

Ordinals are “counting words” like 1ⁿᵈ, 2ˢᵗ and 19ᵗʰ: they are characters that express position in a series. So-called “superior” letters are used to present some abbreviations in a similar way, such as Mᴹᴱ for the French “Madame”. All of these are forms of superscripted text, commonly used for references to footnotes, chemical compounds, and mathematical exponents.

Unfortunately, superscripted text can be difficult to create and typeset correctly on the web. If you want to use finely detailed layout that includes ordinals on your pages, there are several possible solutions:

1x, 2x, 3x, more: Batch Processing Retina Images with PhotoShop and JavaScript

tools / photoshop

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes, 30 seconds

Many design tools now feature workflows for exporting Retina images, but only for the current document; bulk conversion of assets has tended to be the role of complex command-line utilities like ImageMagick or task runners like Grunt. PhotoShop Actions can be used for batch processing, but they can be somewhat finicky to record, play back, and modify.

For designers, there’s a nice intermediate solution between using a familiar GUI and the power of a CLI: most Adobe products have had the power to run under the hood for years. Creating a script action provides complete customisation for your project needs, and acts as a potential stepping stone to stand-alone systems like Gulp.

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