Swipey image grids (on

A lovely post by Cassie Evans in which she demonstrates that SVG is not just for icons and illustrations. You might also reach for it to create a responsive, animated grid of images.

we have another grid at our disposal. SVG has its own internal coordinate system and it's responsive by design.

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Design-ish systems (by Ethan Marcotte)

Here’s an interesting new article from Ethan Marcotte, in which he muses on better ways to think about Design Systems based on his recent experience.

Once you’ve identified the root causes, you’ll be in a far, far better place to choose the right things — and, more importantly, to create a system that finally supports your design.

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Building a resilient frontend using progressive enhancement (on GOV.UK)

GOV.UK’s guidance on developing using progressive enhancement is pretty great in all departments. It begins with this solid advice:

you should start by making your page work with just HTML, before adding anything else like Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and JavaScript. This is because HTML is the most resilient layer. If the HTML fails there’s no web page. Should the CSS or JavaScript fail, the HTML will still render correctly.

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I’ve started reading Recursion by Blake Crouch.


How I subset web fonts

On my personal website I currently use three web fonts from the Source Sans 3 group: regular, italic and semibold. I self-host my fonts because that’s a good practice. Additionally I use a variety of special characters to add some typographic life to the text.

When self-hosting it’s important from a performance perspective to minimise the weight of the font files your visitors must download. To achieve this I subset my fonts so as to include only the characters my pages use but no more. Here’s how I do it.

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