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I didn’t know Becca. I didn’t even know Eric, not really. He was a huge part of my learning CSS and switching to CSS layout around 2003 or 2004, and I worked with him as a moderator of his css-discuss mailing list for a while, but I never had the honor of meeting him. Last year, I was excited to learn that he would be speaking at the same conference as me, but when I got there, I found out he had had to cancel due to his daughter being seriously ill. Later, I found out it was cancer, and like so many others in the web design community I have followed his story of his daughter Becca’s last months of life, hoping the story would have a happy ending. But a few days ago, Eric lost his Little Spark.

Despite not knowing Becca or her family, I am deeply saddened by her passing. I cannot imagine what Eric and Kat are feeling right now. My heart aches for them. I have a daughter close to Becca’s age. The idea of losing my daughter or son is terrifying and incomprehensible.

Sometimes I get discouraged that I can’t be more involved in the web design community than I already am, due to being a mother and wanting to devote as much time as I can to my family. I never resent my children and husband, but rather just wish I had more time in the day to add on to everyone’s normal 24 hours and accomplish more of the professional goals I dream about. Eric’s story of losing Becca is a stark reminder of how precious family is, how important it is to focus on them, live in the moment with them.

I’m at work right now, in the office. I can’t wait to be home and hug my children.

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Leveling Up With Flexbox presentation at Smashing Conference

Today I spoke at Smashing Conference in Oxford, England, on “Leveling Up With Flexbox.” The talk was based off my earlier flexbox presentation, but I focused less on the basic syntax, since I think most of us have already read at least a bit about that by now, and dove right into more code examples. I talked about how to actually put it to use in the real world—today. I demonstrated a bunch of practical ideas for how to use flexbox as progressive enhancement, adding it in bits and pieces on individual page components with simple fallbacks.

You can view my presentation on Slideshare or download the slides directly here:

Putting Flexbox into Practice (PDF, 3.84 mb)

The demos

To demonstrate the flexbox features, I’m still using my S’mores Builder page. Check it out (in a browser with good flexbox support, of course) to see what flexbox can do.

The S'mores Builder page is laid out entirely with flexbox, with some fallbacks for non-supporting browsers in certain places.

The S’mores Builder page is responsive and laid out entirely with flexbox, with some fallbacks for non-supporting browsers in certain places.

I also created a couple of new additional, standalone demos:

Related resources

Here are several links to related resources, a few of which are in the slides plus many more that were not but which I recommend and think you’ll find useful.

General info

Articles and tutorials


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Help me declutter before I move overseas

I’m excited to announce that I’m about to start a new position as a UX designer for To do so, I’m moving from the US to Amsterdam in the Netherlands! For the past several weeks, my husband and I have been busy preparing for such a big move, and a big part of that has been decluttering. One thing that I have far too much of is copies of my book Stunning CSS3: A Project-based Guide to the Latest in CSS. Books are heavy. I don’t want to move all these books. Plus, it’s silly for me to have these books when someone else could be benefiting from them.

So here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to give away a bunch of copies of Stunning CSS3 to you guys. All I want in return is for you to donate something to Carolina Tiger Rescue, a big cat sanctuary here in North Carolina that is doing great work and that more people ought to know about. Everyone loves wild cats, right?

If you would like a copy of the book, follow these steps in the next couple days:

  1. Go to the donation page for Carolina Tiger Rescue and make a donation in whatever amount you like.
  2. Tweet at me something like “I just donated to Carolina Tiger Rescue, so @zomigi is going to send me a copy of her book Stunning CSS3″ and add a link to this blog post so others can do it too if they like.
  3. I’ll make sure to follow you, if I’m not already, so you can then send me a direct message with your mailing address.

I’ll send books to up to 10 people, and I’ll update this blog post if I hit that number (or run out of time before my move). For now, I can only send to people in the US, unfortunately. But, perhaps when I get over to Europe I’ll do another giveaway for you non-Americans!

Thanks for helping me clean out my house. :-)

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