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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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CSS Motion Design Basics: Easing

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Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 15 seconds

Some useful rules for applying CSS easing to motion design for UI elements and animations, courtesy of Rachel Smith:

Modern Masonry with Flexbox and JavaScript

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Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 30 seconds

For some time I have been attempting to recreate “masonry” effects in flexbox, where images are arranged like bricks in a wall. My previous attempt was moderately successful, but it ran ragged and lacked the dynamism I wanted.

Then, after working on the recent “Random Images With Flexbox and JavaScript” article, I had an epiphany: why not use JavaScript to read the image’s aspect ratios, and use that to determine the correct flex value for each element?

The solution – also available on CodePen – allows designers to load images of any dimension and aspect ratio into a container element, apply a class, and have a seamless image masonry effect generated automatically on the page using modern web standards, with no plugins or frameworks required.

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The New Defaults: A Sass Color Thesaurus

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Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

The CSS named color system is notoriously bad: keywords are often difficult to remember (navajowhite), illogical (darkgrey actually displays lighter than dimgray) and/or visually questionable (lime and fuchsia verge on the bilious).

Until CSS custom named hues and variables are widely supported, preprocessors remain the best way to create your own custom color names. Defining site colors in Sass creates a cohesive color library that can be used to style content quickly and easily, with named colors that are significantly easier to remember and type than their hex equivalents. However, it can be burdensome to build a decent color library with a logical naming system.

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