Writing, pitching, and editing articles and contributions.
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:
- Tools for Thinking and Tools for Systems
- Getting Started with CSS Grid
- An Idea for a Simple Responsive Spreadsheet
- A New Responsive Font Format for the Web
- Loading fonts with the Web Font Loader
- Making Charts with CSS
- A Quick Overview of Object Fit and Object Position
- Chaining Multiple Blend Modes
Here are a couple of demos I’ve made whilst I was writing and researching those articles about front-end development:
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.