Finally, a legitimate use for 3D CSS

March 28, 2012 § 2 Comments

Production sites using 3D transforms are still quite rare these days. I think one of the reasons is that people can’t find a legitimate reason to use 3D Transforms in their sites. Fair enough. Another reason can be that people think the technique isn’t mature enough yet. Recently I have been working on a website that is making use of 3D CSS, and it’s working!
In this article I want to show you that you can actually use 3D transforms in a production site, and what to expect when you’re thinking of using it in your site.

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Cross domain font woes in Firefox

March 21, 2012 § 4 Comments

We love using custom fonts with CSS @font-face declarations and have done so on a number of our recent projects. One thing has caught us out on a couple of occasions though. Here’s the scenario:

You’re building a site, everything is going well with the styling. Your custom font is looking good on your local version of the site, it’s been checked in staging and looks good there. You launch the site, it looks good everywhere… except Firefox. Your favourite development browser (well, mine at least, apparently some people like Chrome a lot these days) is no longer showing that lovely font. You can’t reproduce this on your own machine, everything seems lost.

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You fight like a dairy farmer! Some Twitter whimsy with Ruby

March 14, 2012 § 1 Comment

When I was a kid I used to love playing The Secret of Monkey Island. I played it on my Commodore Amiga 500 and it came on four 3.5″ floppy disks. Those were the days.

My favourite part of the game was the insult sword-fighting, where, instead of strength, a sharp wit was the only way to overcome your opponent. The insults range from derogatory (“You fight like a dairy farmer!”) to egotistical (“I got this scar on my face during a mighty struggle!”) and you take the lead character, Guybrush Threepwood, through a number of fights to learn them all.

Fast forward to today and with the power of Twitter and a few lines of Ruby we can recreate insult sword fighting for the modern world!

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