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In RWD We Trust – Is This Trust Misplaced? by John Siebert
This article makes the bold statement that RWD is really not the be all and end all of a successful online identity and that it may work for some and might not others. So the question is, is trust in RWD misplaced?
Killer Responsive Layouts With CSS Regions by CJ Gammon
If a design requires elements to remain a certain height, then options are constrained by the layout features available. This article discusses how the CSS Regions specification can offer a new option.
When Flat Design Falls Flat by Rick Debus
This Six Revisions article discusses the limitations of flat design and how some flat designs sacrifice usability and consistency for the sake of aesthetics.
Which CSS Measurements To Use When
With all the various CSS measurement systems (px, em, rem…) it can be difficult to understand and choose which units to use when and where. In this article they list a bunch of suggestions to help you out.
20 Free Themes for Ghost by Speckyboy Editors
All of the free themes here embodies everything that Ghost represents – simplicity. The themes are all lightweight and are all a solid foundation for creating your own theme.
Tips for Creating AJAX-Heavy Websites by David Walsh
After creating his own blog as an AJAX-powered platform, David Walsh shares some tips from the experience.
Tutorials & How-Tos
High Performance Animations by Paul Lewis & Paul Irish
Modern browsers can animate position, scale, rotation and opacity really cheaply. Animating anything else is at your own risk, as the chances are you’re not going to hit a silky smooth 60fps.
CSS Overlay Techniques by Sara Soueidan
In this tutorial from Codrops, they explore several techniques for creating overlays and discuss their pros and cons.
New Resources & Services
LESS Hat 2.0 – A Kick-Ass LESS Mixin Library
After a year, there is a new, completely rewritten 2.0 version that brings 86 great mixins, robust workflow for editing, testing and creating new mixins.
Ink – A Responsive Email Framework
Ink is new framework from the guys at ZURB that allows you to quickly create responsive HTML emails that work on any device and client.
RECESS – Code Quality Tool For CSS
Developed by the guys at Twitter, RECESS is a simple, attractive code quality tool for CSS built on top of LESS.
Pizza – Responsive Pie Charts from ZURB
Social Sharing Links and Buttons Without the Bloat
Twitter, Facebook, and other widgets demand numerous HTTP requests and will damage the performance of your sites and apps. These lightweight CSS & HTML snippets make it easy for you to go social – without hurting site performance.
Flatten the Web With This Bookmarklet by Adam Schwartz
This awesome bookmarklet can make many websites appear to be "flat". It works by by adding a little bit of CSS that simply removes box-shadow, text-shadow, background-image and border-color from the web page.
Kite – A Gmail Clone
Font Combiner is a web font creator and font improvement tool with advanced font features for the end user – kerning, subsetting, various hinting options and custom font glyph combinations.
GlyphSearch, created by Thomas Park, is a really useful web-based app that allows you to search Font Awesome, Glyphicons, and Ionicons simultaneously.
And Finally… Some Inspiration
Iconic Clothing in Pop Music by Frederico Birchal
Hyper Realistics Paintings by Robin Eley