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inline-block versus flexbox for horizontal arrangements

Something I’ve found interesting while reviewing recent code test submissions (within job applications) at work is that more developers than I’d expect still use display: inline-block when they need to lay out multiple elements horizontally such as the items in a navigation menu. It’s interesting because Flexbox – which has now been around for almost 10 years – gives you a modern, purpose-built solution to that.

BBC WebCore Design System

A Storybook UI explorer containing the components and layouts for making the front end of a BBC web experience.

Use CSS Clamp to create a more flexible wrapper utility (on Piccalilli)

Here’s Andy Bell recommending using CSS clamp() to control your wrapper/container width because it supports setting a preferred value in vw to ensure sensible gutters combined with a maximum tolerance in rem—all in a single line of code.

If we use clamp() to use a viewport unit as the ideal and use what we would previously use as the max-width as the clamp’s maximum value, we get a much more flexible setup.

A Utility Class for Covering Elements (on CSS { In Real Life })

Need to overlay one HTML element on top of and fully covering another, such as a heading with translucent background on top of an image? Michelle Barker has us covered with this blog post in which she creates an overlay utility to handle this. She firstly shows how it can be accomplished with positioning, then modernises her code using the inset CSS logical property, before finally demonstrating a neat CSS Grid based approach.

Create an Automatically Responsive Flexbox Gallery (on

Here’s a lovely intrinsically responsive (no media queries) photo gallery solution from Stephanie Eckles. It can accommodate differently sized images and achieves its layout by a combination of flexbox features (flex-wrap, flex-basis) and by applying object-fit: cover to photos to make them fully cover their parent list items.

Article Layout with CSS Grid (on

Very clever responsive <article> layout (with gutters and breakout images) achieved using CSS Grid, minmax(), the ch unit and a minimum of fuss. It scales automatically from narrow to wide viewports with no auto margins, max-width or media query manual overrides in sight.

For the blog post page (the page you're looking at right now) I wanted a mobile-friendly layout where the text was centered and readable, where the images/code examples are wide.


Here’s a beautiful, magazine style website design for digital publication Bustle. The typography, use of whitespace, responsive layout, menu pattern, colour palette and imagery are all on point!

Relearn CSS layout: Every Layout

Every now and then something comes along in the world of web design that represents a substantial shift. The launch of Every Layout, a new project from Heydon Pickering and Andy Bell, feels like one such moment.

Intrinsically Responsive CSS Grid with minmax and min

Evan Minto notes that flexible grids created with CSS Grid’s repeat, auto-fill, and minmax are only intrinsically responsive (responsive to their container rather than the viewport) up to a point, because when the container width is narrower than the minimum width specified in minmax the grid children overflow.

Katherine Kato’s personal website

Some simple but inspiring work here from Seattle-based web developer Katherine Kato. I really like the use of space, the typography, the colour palette and the use of CSS grid for layout.

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