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

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Breakin’ At The Well

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The Artesian Commons is this kind of sketchy “park” in downtown Olympia that occasionally is the host of some interesting events. In this case, there was a b-boy battle going on, so I decided to check it out.

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Using Ch, An Underappreciated CSS Length

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Lately, I've been finding good uses for a new unit called ch. Like em, ch is a relative unit. But while em is a vertical measure, based on the height of the typeface. ch, on the other hand, is based on a horizontal measurement: the width of the typeface’s zero character. (Ch stands for character.) I’ve found ch to be especially useful in matters pertaining to inline, text-based elements. Here are some examples of places I’ve used this new unit.

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

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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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