Reading List #33


Just as my motivation (which was a bit low for the last few weeks) was getting back on track last week, both our kids caught a cold and had to stay at home for a few days. Guess it’s that time of the year, again 🤷‍♂️ Also, autumn definitely said hello with the first few chilly days in Switzerland, which made me look forward all the more to our trip to Thailand in November.

Apart from all that, I spent a lot of time last week making the most delicious lasagna for Friday evening. I don’t think I ever spent so much time in the kitchen for a single dish but it was totally worth every minute. The recipe was partly based on the infamous 100-hours Lasagna by Alvin Zhou – watch his video if you don’t know him, it’s the best and most calming food video ever! I’ll definitely do this again.

Frontend Development

⏰ Measure What You Impact, Not What You Influence

Harry Roberts explains why you should always measure the exact thing you impact at the moment (in this case using Priority Hints on an image) instead of the overarching UX-measurement that – while being the end-goal of your optimization – can be influenced by a lot more factors than the one you’re working on.

Also, I didn’t know much about User Timings and how easy they seem to be implemented.

CSS Wizardry – Measure What You Impact, Not What You Influence

👩‍👧‍👦Counting children with :has

Manuel Matuzovic shows how we can use the new :has selector to count the elements inside a parent container. Pretty sweet. – Parents counting children in CSS

🏗 On CSS Architecture

Dave Rupert writes about different ways to organize and structure CSS and some modern alternatives to BEM. We are pretty much using BEM with a structure based loosely on ITCSS, which I quite like so far. As for the newer stuff like @layer and @scope I have only read a bit about them and haven’t had the time to really dig into the new possibilities.

Dave Rupert – Modern alternatives to BEM

💸 figma acquired by Adobe for 20 billion

I don’t really have lots of feelings or strong opinions about this acquisition. Myself, I only ever worked with figma for a handful of projects (not that it’s bad, I just still use Sketch) so I guess it doesn’t affect me as much as it could if I were a user. Also, we do have a Creative Cloud subscription, mostly for the very few print projects we still do from time to time, and also for photo editing with Lightroom and Photoshop. I guess I don’t really share all the hate for Adobe that much. 20 billion sounds ridiculously high at this point, but I guess we will see how this plays out and maybe it will look like a bargain a few years from now.

figma – A new collaboration with Adobe

Other / Random

🚅 How far you can get in 5 hours by train

This is such a beautiful way to visualize how far you can get in Europe with just a 5-hour train ride. Loved this!



Made with ❤️ in Switzerland