Web Ecosystem Health Part VI @ Igalia Chats
Igalia’s Brian Kardell sits down to chat with Miriam and Rachel Andrew about who works on standards, and who pays for that work.
Now that you have a seed worth exploring, you are ready for step 2 of the creative process. The goal of this phase is explosive growth, following your curiosity out from the seed in every direction.
You’ve heard of the shitty first draft? It’s a nice sentiment, writing full shitty drafts without fear or judgment, but I think you can do even better:
Write shitty piles of shit, and leave the drafting for later.
Drafting is an organizational problem. You can’t organize ideas you don’t have. Start by exploring and playing and wondering, free from fear and judgment, but also free from purpose, organization, and planning.
Don’t start with outlines. Don’t start with drafts. Start with curiosity.
Our goal is to develop all the raw (shitty) materials we will need in order to start drafting. I’m not talking about pen & paper, or computers, or three cans of latex paint. I want to know what concepts, phrases, images, and aesthetics I am working with. I want to soak up inspirations, and understand my constraints.
I start with three questions:
Working on the book cover for The Posture of Contour, I asked the publishers and author for everything they had. Based on their answers, I ended up with these lists:
What already exists?
What still needs to be gathered or created?
What will inspire me?
They had done most of my work for me. That’s not always the case, but if you have a seed, you have enough to get started.
The seed I developed in phase 1 can be used directly to start a list of materials in phase 2. Unlike the cover art, this project has no pre-existing material that I am required to use. Most of the material will have to be found or created, but I do have plenty of inspiration to draw from:
What already exists?
What do I still need?
What’s the inspiration?
It’s OK that this list isn’t complete, it’s enough to make me curious, and enough to point me in the right direction.
In the next few posts we’ll talk about gathering vs creating, blind variation and selective retention, judgmental brainstorming, the viewpoints, and composition — all useful tools for this explosive curiosity phase.
In this episode of Syntax, Scott and Wes talk with Miriam about all things CSS – container queries, layers, scoping, and more!
I talk with Claire and Steph about my journey into webdev and onto the CSSWG, what I find frustrating about how others use CSS, and the three specs I’m working on.
Working on a new CSS feature like Container Queries, one of the most important considerations is to ensure a “migration path” – a way for developers to start integrating the new code, without breaking their sites on legacy browsers.
A reflection on change, desire, choice, and the stories we tell about ourselves
I chat with Bruce Lawson & Vadim Makeev about Sass & Susy, CSS Layers & compatibility, Container Queries, and the CSS Working Group.
Starting a new season of the Smashing Podcast with a look at the future of CSS. What new specs will be landing in browsers soon? Drew McLellan talks to Miriam to find out.
Media-queries allow an author to make style changes based on the overall viewport dimensions – but in many cases, authors would prefer styling modular components based on their context within a layout.
“What is one thing you learned about building websites this year?”
I join Ari, Ben, and Tessa to talk about getting into CSS from other languages, the absurdly massive problem CSS is designed to solve, and the mental model behind the language.
As I spend more of my time working on the CSS language, I wanted a place to take notes and explore new ideas in the open.
Learn how design engineering brings together form and function.
CSS Custom Properties allow us to manage and control both cascade and inheritance in new ways.
Jina and I answer questions about CSS, Sass, Design Systems, and more!
A spinoff of the Party Corgi Network discord. I chat with Chris Biscardi about The CSS Working Group, open-source projects, art, and music.
I wrote this at the start of the Iraq war (2003), and later made the short film. It’s been on my mind again during COVID-19 isolation.
Sommer asked people to record themselves reading a poem from her collection, Backup Singers. I put together this video of the poem Alcohol affects the frontal cortex.
“What about building websites has you interested this year?”
Firefox 69 was the first to implement selector feature queries, but other browsers are following suit. I’ll show you how it works, and how to start using this new feature query right away.
Horizontal text overflow has always been difficult to manage on the web. The default visible overflow is designed to make sure content remains accessible no matter the size of a containing box, but it’s not our only option.
Why waste your time on half-measures? Make your site THE MOST NORMALEST with this ULTIMATE CSS RESET.
I drop by the show to talk about Sass in 2019, design tokens, Oddbird, unused CSS, new CSS properties, and Dave & Chris’ explanation of revert.
display property has been in CSS from the beginning,
handling everything from
list-items and full layout systems like
display syntax is getting an upgrade
to match it’s multiple uses.
There are a number of property & value combinations that can lead to CSS being inactive, and now Firefox will tell you why. Open the developer tools, and look for the greyed-out property with an info-box on hover.
It’s a common pattern to align form labels and inputs in grid-like layout. I’ll show you how to do it quickly using CSS subgrid, with several quick fallbacks.
Card layouts are popular on the web, rows and columns of boxes with similar content. CSS grids can help align those cards, but it’s still be hard to line-up content inside the cards – headers and footers that might need more or less room.
For years, we’ve struggled to build resilient layouts on the web, but CSS Grid promises to change all that – and you can start using it now, with only a few properties and basic concepts.
I’ve often used
unset in my CSS –
global keywords that can be applied to any property.
The difference is small, but important:
unset allows inheritance,
initial does not.
But then Firefox implemented
revert and I was confused –
how is this one different from the others?!
Sass recently launched a new module system.
The new syntax will replace
a big step forward for making Sass partials
more readable, performant, and safe.
Love it or hate it, CSS is weird: not quite markup, not quite programming in the imperative sense, and nothing like the design programs we use for print. How did we get here?
When you create lists in HTML, browsers add bullet-points or numbers we call list markers. Now CSS gives us the tools to style those list markers, and even create our own!
In the CSS naming-convention arms race to lowest specificity,
I’ve decided to only use universal
I call it F*CSS.
We start by talking about design systems and design tooling – how they differ, and the problems they solve.
Pushing past the “variable” metaphor, CSS Custom Properties can provide new ways to balance context and isolation in our patterns and components.
A reflection on change, desire, choice, and the stories we tell about ourselves
Steve Jenkins interviews me about the state of CSS, and what’s coming next for the language – from Intrinsic Design to Dynamic CSS.
Thunder Nerds interview me before her talk at VueConf US 2019.
The panel and the guest talk about grid systems, fonts, and more!
On Episode 18, the TalkScript team continues the live-ish at JSConfUS podcast series with guests Myles Borins, Tim Doherty, and Miriam Suzanne. Listen in!
The Journal of Mennonite Writing asked me to submit for their queer issue. I don’t identify as Mennonite, but I did grow up in the church, so I asked my friends what to write about. They suggested the common question: In a world without rigid gender roles, would anyone need to be trans?
Yesterday, I shared an article about my impending surgery, and a request for help – both social and financial – as I go through this. I was embarrassed to ask, and not sure what to expect, but your response has been swift and overwhelming. I can’t thank you enough, but I’ll keep trying.
Denver Health has started offering vaginoplasty in addition to their other trans medical services. While I’ve been on the waitlist for various surgeons around the country, Denver Health called me this week to give me a date: September 10, less than two months away.
“I don’t have many guy friends, but my guitarist is one. Parting, I lean in for the cheek-kiss but he plants a good one right on my lips.”
Inspired by Robin Rendle, I demonstrate some of my early experiments combining CSS Grids and custom properties to create dynamic layouts and data-visualizations.
At the family vacation in Moab, everyone is doing their best. It’s not enough, and my day is peppered with the wrong name and pronouns. I hide in my room through dinner so they won’t see me crying.
“I’ve seen myself in the mirror. I find me… disorienting. What do they see that I don’t? Why aren’t they laughing at me?”
“Mother finds me at her wardrobe, in her pumps and pearls. What are you doing? Being a mommy. Are you, then? She clips on the earrings (they pinch!), reaches for her lipstick.”
A reflection on the nature and value of productivity for the SuperYesMore series: The Human in the Machine.
Viewport units have been around for several years now, with near-perfect support in the major browsers, but I keep finding new and exciting ways to use them. I thought it would be fun to review the basics, and then round-up some of my favorite use-cases.
I wasn’t born in the wrong body. I was born, a body. Without my body, I don’t exist.
It feels like CSS Grid has been coming for a long time now, but it just now seems to be reaching a point where folks are talking more and more about it and that it’s becoming something we should learning.
It’s been a month since our country pseudo-elected a bigoted blow-hard for president. I’m heading to DC to protest his inauguration in January, visit friends, and go on a mixed-media resistance tour…
I’m still reeling from this year of insults, a traumatizing campaign turned traumatic election. I’m not sad about a contest lost, but what those results mean for real people around me. 2016 is over, but 2017 is going to be even harder.
There’s a lot of language that gets thrown around, but much of it comes loaded with over-simplified baggage and misconceptions. Here are a few that have been on my mind – from gender identity to biological sex, transition, passing, and visibility.
No matter what acronym drives your selectors (BEM, OOCSS, SMACSS, ETC), loops can help keep your patterns more readable and maintainable, baking them directly into your code. We’ll take a look at what loops can do, and how to use them in the major CSS preprocessors.
Miriam Suzanne creates experimental experiences with her band and her fellow developers.
Chris Coyier interviews Miriam when she joins the CSS Tricks team as a Staff Writer. We talk about gettting started in the industry, name confusion, fouding OddBird, building Susy, and more.
In this episode of the Versioning Show, Tim and David are joined by Miriam Suzanne, best known for Susy, a responsive layout toolkit for Sass. They discuss going from being a lurker to finding your voice, the importance of writing about what you’re learning, stumbling into fame, approaching new projects, and unit testing in Sass.
There are some questions that come up again and again if you are trans. A few of those questions are terrible, but most of them are well-intentioned. I’m lucky to have a supportive community around me, so I thought I’d write down my most common answers to help ease your stress about getting it right, and ease my stress about answering the same questions over and over.
a series of articles on creative process
interview with Richard Wall of the Boulder Writers’ Workshop