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  • Design

    Maintainable responsive layouts

    There are many design decisions that need to be made in order to get started with a large project. There’s nothing that can’t be undone, but misjudgements at this stage can have a significant impact...

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    Phil Swan
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    by Phil Swan
  • News and culture

    Spring cleaning

    Last week we launched a rebuild of the Erskine website, which marks a significant improvement in the way we sell our services to clients and details more about our projects in an open, public space...

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    Robin Rendle
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    by Robin Rendle
  • Code and technology

    Future of Web Design 2014

    Earlier this week I headed off to the Future of Web Design conference in London to give a talk about systems, language and maintainable interface design which was adapted from an essay I wrote back...

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    Robin Rendle
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    by Robin Rendle
  • Code and technology

    Setting a typographic scale with Sass maps

    Last month Tom discussed a new method for organising colors with Sass lists and over the past few weeks I’ve been happily using it throughout our projects. This newfound ability to remember color settings all of a sudden feels like a weird front-end super power, and for larger projects this technique is sure to save us a large amount of time nipping back and forth between the module file we’re working on (like _island.scss) and the file which contains all of the color variable declarations. However, this technique is so useful that we’ve begun to wonder where else we can set data in a Sass list and consequently access it via a mixin.

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    Robin Rendle
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    by Robin Rendle
  • Code and technology

    Friendlier colour names with Sass maps

    For us front end devs, Sass is a marvellous, marvellous thing, but although it gives you numerous powerful tools, it’s fairly unopinionated about exactly how you should put them to use. If you’re not careful, it’s just easy to end up with mess of poorly structured code as it was in the dark pre-Sass days.

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    Tom Davies
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    by Tom Davies