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That Was SmashingConf Toronto 2019

by Rachel Andrew

Now that some time has passed since the team returned from SmashingConf Toronto, we’ve had time to think about the event and wrap up some of the things we all learned. Take a look.

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Inspired Design Decisions: Pressing Matters

by Andrew Clarke

In this second installment of Inspired Design Decisions, Andy Clarke will teach you how to expand your repertoire of layouts by combining more than one grid into a compound grid. This article will change the way you think about designing with grids.

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UX Improvements For Keyboard Accessibility

by Vitaly Friedman

The web is wonderfully diverse and unpredictable because of wonderfully diverse people shaping it. In this new series of short interviews, we talk to interesting people doing interesting work in our industry and sharing what they’ve learned.

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CSS Lists, Markers, And Counters

by Rachel Andrew

There is more to styling lists in CSS than you might think. In this article, Rachel starts by looking at lists in CSS, and moving onto some interesting features defined in the CSS Lists specification — markers and counters.

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Design Systems

Meet Design Systems, a recent Smashing book in which Alla Kholmatova explores how to set up an effective design system to create great digital products. With common traps, gotchas and lessons learned.

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