Key Foundations & Principles
Modern CSS with Methodologies
Instead of brute-forcing your designs together with a CSS framework, consider opting for a CSS methodology like CUBE CSS, SMACSS or BEM that empowers you to write flexible, portable CSS, rather than rigid, inflexible and overly-specific CSS.
Fluid type & Space
Creating type scales that respond to the viewport, rather than setting explicit values for typography and space allows you to set rules once and forget about them, knowing that whatever device, regardless of its available size will be presented with appropriate sizes.
Using flexible, flexbox-based layouts, like the ones we provide in Every Layout, ensures that regardless of conditions—be it content or available screen size: your front-end will be able to respond in the most appropriate way. Giving browsers hints and space to do what they do best, helps your front-end handle tricky scenarios where breakpoint-based layouts consistently fail.
Building up with the lowest possible technological solution and enhancing it where device capability, connection speeds and context conditions allow, helps you build for everyone, not just the minority of people that have fast connections and powerful devices that work well, all the time.
Doing the opposite: building the best experience, then hacking it down for a handful of selected edge-cases means you’re almost certainly going to build an experience that’s excludes a lot of people.
Stick to those principles and making excellent websites that work for everyone suddenly becomes much, much easier.