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Rachel Andrew

Rachel Andrew

Rachel Andrew is editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine, a front and back-end web developer, author and speaker. She has written several web development books, including chapters for two Smashing Books and is an A List Apart columnist, writing about the business of web development. She also writes about business and technology on her own site at In addition to offering consultancy services through the company she founded in 2001 – – Rachel is also one of the developers of the content management system, Perch.

Unlocking the Power of CSS Grid Layout

Once you have grasped the basics of CSS Grid, you quickly discover how it enables many existing design patterns in a streamlined, elegant way. However, we shouldn’t see Grid in isolation. Understanding how other parts of CSS work together with Grid is key, in order to get the most out of our new abilities.

In this talk Rachel will be concentrating on a couple of these areas, CSS Box Alignment and CSS Sizing. Rachel will show you practical ways in which a little bit of knowledge in these areas can unlock the full potential of the Grid Specification. You’ll learn how to create useful components and to start thinking of ways in which you can solve design and interface problems in more creative ways.

Into the Weeds of CSS Layout

There are lots of reasons to get excited about new layout methods in CSS, but what impact does moving to Flexbox and Grid have on performance? And once you have decided to adopt new layout methods, are some techniques more performant than others?

In this talk we’ll take a serious look at the algorithms your browser is using in order to lay things out using Flexbox and Grid. By understanding how these algorithms work, you’ll be in a better position to make good decisions around layout, and fully take advantage of the possible performance gains of new CSS layout.