RWD Weekly #329

Hello again and welcome to this week’s responsive design weekly newsletter.

Growing up in Australia it was ironic that Web Directions that became the first ever web conference I went to…. but a version that they ran in London. In the two years we spent back in Australia I made it to their Web Directions in Sydney and had the most amazing time. Check out their new site (our feature image this week), and if you’re in Australia… get yourself along to one of John’s events. Let’s get linking!


Contribute to MDN and help it grow

MDN is reaching out to see if anyone who benefits from their amazing docs, and I certainly know that I do, would like to contribute and support the project with actual dollars. If I think about the amount of times it’s helped me with my work, it’s a bargain!


SmashingConf NYC, October 23 & 24

Explore new things in front-end and UX design At SmashingConf NYC! We’ll cover Performance, Progressive Web Apps, HTTP/2, Vue.js, Design & Branding, Webpack and much more! Save 100 USD by adding a workshop to your conference, and make your SmashingConf even more memorable. Register Now


Notes on prototyping

Some great notes from Ben, especially around why a prototype is not the same as a proof of concept.

Introducing the Button element

Andy’s satirical poke and the preference some of us have over using <div>’s when there are other elements, semantically correct, staring us in the face.

Content and Design Are Inseparable Work Partners

Jared Spool recounts a usability test which shows why content is such an important aspect of the design process.

Survival Tips For Women In Tech

Twenty four tips on how to survive as a woman in tech. Pro tip, everyone should read these and make sure they’re not an issue at your own workplace.


Preventing a Grid Blowout

Chris takes a look at how to declare grid columns that have an unknown size of content. While text will wrap fine, images can blow out the column if not properly max-width’d. But what about things like <pre> tags? Well, Chris has an answer for that too.

How I remember CSS Grid properties

Zell takes us through how he constructs Grids and remembers their properties.

Use Cases For Flexbox

In this final article of the series, Rachel wraps up by taking a look at some of the common uses for Flexbox. What should we use Flexbox for, and what it is not so good at?

Tools & Resources


A whole lot of commonly used icons (social media, apps etc) all done in SVG and all super tiny so you save on bytes and get paid in performance

You Don’t Need WordPress

It seems you don’t need WordPress to create a website, but the downside is that you need to keep it on Google Doc’s instead. It’s certainly a different approach, and might just be the thing you’re looking for.


This week I wanted to flags two amazing opportunities that came up this week with the performance tool Calibre App. It’s a remote opportunity with amazing benefits… plus you get to improve the performance of the web… win win.

Platform Engineer

We’re looking for someone who is passionate, humble and self-motivated. We want someone who sweats the small stuff but has the ability to incrementally improve a growing product. That’s where you come in! As a platform engineer you’ll spend your days working to build tools that help our customers.

Customer Success Engineer

As a customer success engineer you’ll spend your days figuring out how to streamline our customer experience both pre and post sales.


That’s it for this week! I’m going to be in LA for the Adobe Max Conference from the 13th October, if you’re going to be around let me know (DM’s are open, or email).



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