Masonry of images A 'perfect' row-based image masonry

TL;DR: Check out the Codepen. Also note that after publishing, I found that there are much nicer, stable solutions that preserve perfect aspect ratio if needed (see react-photo-gallery & Justified Gallery). I was on a hunt for a special type of masonry layout for an image gallery today. It needed to fulfill the following requirements: […]

Gifs must die

A: “Should I post this as a GIF?”B: “No”. There’s already a perfect, canonical guide about why you should stop using GIFs and what to do instead by Jeremy Wagner, so I’m going to spare you the details. But I’ve decided to use my platform (my blog!) to spread the message. Please stop using GIFs. […]

object-fit: contain with aspect ratio for…a div!

This blog post is mostly a bookmark for myself, as I’ve spent too much time researching this problem in the past: Can you ‘contain‘ a <div> or similar element the same way object-fit works with replaced media (images/videos), with nothing but CSS? It turns out, as I finally learned in a 6-year old StackOverflow reply, […]

Create more, destroy less

I’ve recently read that we should consume less and create more, and it’s a very worthwhile read that much more elaborately expands on what I wrote about Gadget Zombies couple years ago. I wrote my original post 7 years ago, but it’s one of the few things I’ve written that aged surprisingly well, and it’s […]

Multiline truncated text with “show more” button (with just CSS)

TL;DR: I built a CSS-only (~ish) solution for multiline truncated text with read more button. The other day, truncated text came up during a discussion in the office, and I since wondered if CSS has come far enough to be able to do truncated text right, that is, supporting the following: Multiple lines “Show more” […]

Quickly copy DOM attributes from one element to another

This is mostly a note for myself, but thought it might come in handy for some: Sometimes you need to transfer or copy DOM attributes from one element to another (as opposed to copying the whole element with cloneNode). Luckily, there’s the handy attributes object: In my case, I needed to transfer all attributes to […]

I’m hiring! Help us make content experiences for everyone

Sometimes I jokingly introduce myself as “the guy from the AMP videos”, as lately the public largely knows me, and by extension my team at Google, in the AMP context. But there’s actually much more happening in our small-but-mighty Content Ecosystem team at Google: We’ve made it our mission to ensure the web is the […]

Learning to unlearn

I couple years ago I had lunch with a successful serial entrepreneur in San Francisco. Mid way into the conversation we talked about which ideas get funded on Sand Hill Road and which do not. One thing we both agreed on is that no VC will fund projects without product-market fit. Fascinatingly, the lack of […]

Where to start if you want to become a web developer

Starting a career as web developer can be a daunting experience. I’ve just given a Q&A to students at a Korean university, and I figured that some of my answers might make for a neat cheatsheet on where to start if you’re new to the world wide web. None of this is new, and more […]

More important than !important

Update (28/7/2017): Doesn’t work in Firefox as it cascades differently and this won’t work in browsers than don’t support Web Animations. Some clever attempts to break include background: linear-gradient(blue, blue) (that technically sets a generated image, not a color, but fixed it anyway in the Pen by animating background instead) and filter: hue-rotate(90deg) (I wouldn’t […]