Illustration of the designer by Marcus Tegtmeier

I’m Justin McDowell and I specialize in design & revolt.


I’m Giving A New Talk At CascadiaFest And CSS Conference


The opening slide to my latest talk, “Bauhaus In The Browser”.

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This year, I tried a little design experiment at work. In the end, I had to agree that it was the wrong solution for the design. However, my defense left a spark behind, in the back of my head. That spark quickly began to smoke, and soon it turned into a flame. Before I knew it, I was submitting “Bauhaus In The Browser” to some conferences. Much to my surprise, they accepted it! I had to get to work.

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CSS Vertigo: Understanding Perspective A Little Bit More


Part of a movie poster designed by Jan Tschichold. See the full poster below.

I’ve been doing a bit of research into how the avant garde masters of the early 20th century manipulated type in their designs in order to achieve certain kinds of effects. I’m interested in how we might be able to duplicate some of those effects with CSS today. A lot of it is fairly straightforward, but lately I’ve tumbled down the rabbit hole of CSS perspective. It all started with this poster designed by Jan Tschichold and ended with recreating the cinematic dolly-zoom “vertigo” effect with pure CSS.

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Bauhaus and The Evergreen State College


The Bauhaus-Archiv in Berlin, Germany.

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I’ve been doing quite a bit of reading about Bauhaus, the influential early twentieth century school of art. I’m learning so much about the school that I never knew before. Given my recent experience of working at The Evergreen State College, I’ve found the similarities between my current workplace and Bauhaus rather striking.

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