For more than seventeen years, Jen Kramer has been educating clients, colleagues, friends and graduate students about the meaning of a "quality website." Jen Kramer is a Lecturer at Harvard University Extension School in the Master's of Liberal Arts in Digital Media Design, teaching at least five courses per year, advising students, and assisting in curriculum design.
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CSS Grids and Flexbox in Responsive Web Design
We'll begin with a quick review of the industry's current standard: float-based grid systems. We'll review how to code one (quickly), plus advantages and disadvantages of this type of layout. We'll also review media queries and responsive images, including the new tag and the Picturefill polyfill.
We'll quickly move on to Flexbox, first exploring exactly how Flexbox works, since it's very different from floats. We'll code a simple grid system with Flexbox, and we'll explore the similarities and differences with a float-based grid system.
Next, we'll take advantage of Flexbox's amazing alignment and the ordering features to juice up our grid, taking us places that simply weren't possible with floats.
Finally, we'll wrap up our first day by considering a common problem. You have some number of items you must lay out in columns and/or rows on a web page, but you have no idea how many items there are. (An item could be an image, a card, a media object, or anything else that would be considered a unit of content.)
On the second day, we'll dive into CSS Grid, the brand-new spec available in the latest browsers. We'll look at Grid's basic syntax, working on a layout of a Mondrian painting as an example, which we'll create with Grid. Next, we'll move on to some of the alternative Grid syntaxes, and we'll explore nested and offset grid layouts. Of course, we'll also cover compatibility issues -- how can we make Grid work across browsers, with reasonable fallbacks?
Finally, with Flexbox and Grid understood and mastered, we'll try combining these elements for the best solution to a web page layout problem.
By the end of this course, you'll be able to articulate the strengths and weaknesses of float-based layout, Flexbox, and Grid, and you'll be able to code responsive layouts with each of these technologies.
We've already held over 100 workshops holding thousands attendees in-person and online. In this time we've discovered ways to schedule the day so it goes smoothly and efficiently.
Regardless if you're in-person or participating with us online you'll have the full ability to replay things you missed, get your questions answered LIVE and interact with the teacher throughout the day.
Tech Check and Hello
Intro and responsive design review: current grid systems with floats, media queries, responsive images
Quick review exercise
Creating a basic Flexbox-based grid system, including media queries
Lunch and Hacking
Adding alignment and ordering features to the grid
Laying out image galleries or articles with an unknown number of items
Further Reading and Wrap-up
Tech Check and Hello
Lingering questions from yesterday; overview of grid and new units; media queries and Grid; Grid browser tools in Firefox
Get Your Questions Answered • Code Along with the Class • Classroom Format
Is This Workshop for Me?
This workshop is geared for an intermediate level audience. There will be lots of time to explore on your own, complete the in-class exercises, and consider how Flexbox and Grid could be assigned to your current layout issues. Beginners will likely be overwhelmed if floats and basic CSS are not completely mastered. Experts capable of learning quickly may feel the course is a little slow.
You should have a solid working knowledge of hand-coded HTML and CSS, with the basics mastered completely. Knowledge of inheritance, the cascade, and CSS selectors are helpful. You should also have a basic understanding of web page layout with floats or positioning. You do not need any background in Flexbox or Grid before arriving.
2 Full Day Workshop Sessions
Replay Videos (available immediately)
October 3 to 4, 2017 - 9:30am to 5:30pm Central US Time
Option 1: Attend online on our full HD live stream
Option 2: Attend in-person at HQ in Minneapolis, MN
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