These are the things I've written that are tagged "css"


I’m turning off my stylesheets for the rest of 2014. And probably some of 2015. It’s an experiment. Plus it will force me to do a full redesign when the time comes. We used to do this kind of stuff all the time before the internet got all serious and everyone started pretending to know […]

CSS Performance metrics from the creator of Bootstrap

A reasonable, if unscientific, look at the performance of various common CSS methods, comparing things like Attribute .vs. Class-based selectors, box-sizing resets, floats .vs. flexbox .vs. inline-block, and a lot more. Love that someone took the time to do this so I don’t have to.

Float Labels with CSS

Slick technique that is worth looking into for many applications. As someone who deals with a lot of form inputs both as a user and a designer, there are some useful ideas here. homepage refresh

So, we just launched an update to the Structure Sensor homepage, and it features some neat HTML5 / CSS3 tech. I’m pretty happy with it. It required me to learn a few things, which I’ll hopefully have time to write about here soon. It also marks the first time I’ve ever encoded video in WebM! […]

Semantic UI

Yet another HTML/CSS/JS framework, but built so that the classes are understandable in english. It’ll create some HTML bloat, but it has a certain Applescript-y charm to it. The site is pretty snazzy, too. Very readable, very smooth.


csscss will parse any CSS files you give it and let you know which rulesets have duplicated declarations. Been looking for something like this for YEARS now. Hope it’s good.

Harry Roberts on CSS selector intent

Had me shaking my head in agreement on every single point. Bad / inefficient CSS selectors written by people who don’t know any better are the bane of my very existence right now. Education can only help everyone.

An Event Apart: CSS Best Practices

Luke Wroblewski’s notes from the An Event Apart talk “Our Best Practices Are Killing Us” by Nicole Sullivan. There’s some good horse sense here re: revisiting pixel-based layouts and overly semantic markup.

CSS Shaders

Adobe’s John Nack: So, yeah: Adobe’s using Flash-derived technology to make HTML5 more competitive with Flash. Crazy, right? Not at all: this increases your ability to present visually rich experiences, and that increases Adobe’s ability to sell you tools for creating those experiences.  The different playback technologies are just means to those ends. Working with […]


A whack-a-mole game written entirely in CSS/HTML. No Javascript. Chrome/Safari only.

Prefix or Posthack

Eric Meyer, in praise of browser prefixes such as -webkit: If the history of web standards has shown us anything, it’s that hacks will be necessary. By front-loading the hacks using vendor prefixes and enshrining them in the standards process, we can actually fix some of the potential problems with the process and possibly accelerate […]

Nivo Slider

It bills itself as “The Most Awesome jQuery Image Slider,” and once you see it you will, if not agree entirely, see where they’re coming from.

Introducing is an online CSS formatter using the Extra Future house style rules, which I’ve yet to codify here but will soon. It is one of my 6-hour projects, and as such is considered a sibling to Megaman II’s Intro in HTML, CSS, and jQuery. House style on the name is to print the domain […]

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My name is Phil Nelson and I make beautiful objects for a troubled world in CSS, HTML, and JavaScript. I'm a designer / developer at Occipital.

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