January 2015 – Today

CSS-Tricks

Since early 2015 I’ve been a regular contributor to [CSS-Tricks](https://css-tricks.com/), a website by [Chris Coyier](http://twitter.com/chriscoyier) that sets out to document front-end technology and provide tutorials and links to help developers learn more about the web. Over the years I’ve written a number of articles and tutorials that explore new browser features and written in-depth articles on the peculiarities of CSS, JavaScript and HTML. Quite frankly it’s been a wonderful opportunity to improve my front-end and writing skills as well as work with some of the smartest people in the industry.

Role

Writing, pitching, and editing articles and contributions.

Result

Growing the newsletter to more than 32,000 subscribers and constantly learning about the latest and greatest in front-end development.

Over that time I've written about a variety of topics, but my favourite part of working with the team is the writing process. First, I take a look at a property such as background-blend-mode where either I update the Almanac entry or make a new one. From there I’ll make a series of demos to figure out how it works whilst reading up on what other people have already made with it. Sometimes this work will lead to me finding something new that you can do with a CSS property or it encourages interesting ideas for future UI explorations in my day job.

Not only has working with the excellent team been an inspiration, they’ve also taught me a great deal about copywriting, front-end development, and design. Here’s a sample of posts that I’ve written over the years that I’m particularly fond of:

Here are a couple of demos I’ve made whilst I was writing and researching those articles about front-end development:

See the Pen backdrop-filter demo by Robin Rendle (@robinrendle) on CodePen.

See the Pen Typographic outlines in SVG by Robin Rendle (@robinrendle) on CodePen.

See the Pen Background blend mode by Robin Rendle (@robinrendle) on CodePen.

The Weekly Newsletter

Currently I spend most of my time writing the weekly newsletter which collects everything that was posted on the website during the week and then wrap things up with a comment about what I’ve been learning about that week. Sometimes it’s about code, but it’s often about topics that are related to front-end development, such as managing large teams of front-end engineers.

Collaborating with Chris and a few other guest writers for the newsletter, we’ve grown it from zero subscribers to more than 32,000 which is sort of scary, intimidating and exciting all at the same time.