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

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Passing Away In Pixels

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I got suspicious when Lauren’s chat bubbles turned green. She used an iPhone, so when we kept in touch over text, it was via iMessage, which uses blue chat bubbles. When one of those bubbles turns green, that means it was sent over SMS, old school. There are a number of reasons this could happen, but seeing those green bubbles, coupled with a complete lack of response, and a noticeable absence spanning several months, I got suspicious.

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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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