Customizing Select Menus

Web forms are bottom-line the bread and butter of the Web. They allow us to send and input information pertaining to a number of factors revolving around our interests/needs/wants. When it comes to styling inputs (and in particular styling custom select menus) some have argued that styling custom select menus are obnoxious and distract a user from what they’re normally accustomed to. I would disagree with that last statement and think it really involves customizing a select menu in a way that can be distinguished and understood logically. Lets take a look at customizing a select menu and then examine a possibility I’d like to see readily available to authors. Read More →

Sass Media Query Mixin

Media queries are a gigantic pain in the ass especially when they’re scattered throughout your code base. This Sass @mixin attempts in a half-ass way to resolve that problem (for me personally) by keeping it DRY and defining once. There’s also a RubyGem called “Breakpoint” http://breakpoint-sass.com, however I desire a custom @mixin without the reliance of a dependency like a Gem to manage this for me. Read More →

Intro to jpegoptim and optipng

In a recent article I went through some of the basics using image optimization with Grunt. Since I went through the steps with Grunt it only seems fitting to share what it looks like when optimizing images with brew packages. For those that are not familiar with brew (i.e Homebrew), it’s a package manager for Mac. Homebrew installs the stuff you need that Apple didn’t. Read More →

How to backup Sublime Text with Dropbox (i.e. when shit blows up)

Fuck me sideways I was totally screwed Wednesday morning when my Code Editor decided to shit the bed. I must have said everything in the book about Sublime Text 2 like “This piece of shit sucks” or “Support sucks monkey balls! I fucking hate you Sublime Text!” I mean I was soooooo frustrated. Basically I was freaking out and throwing up! So much so that I almost downloaded Text Mate for god sakes! Holy shit that was close. Well thankfully for all of you I’ve made a point to document my struggles and make life a bit easier in case of an attack by the package boogie monster. Read More →

Optimizing Images with Grunt

You may or may not be new to Grunt, and as you become more comfortable using it you’ll most likely desire diving into other aspects of the tool chain in order to expand upon tasks like code linting, pre-processor compiling and especially image optimization which is the task we’ll be discussing today. Read More →