Tools I Use for Designing in the Browser

Here is the complete list of tools I use when I design in the browser using css and html.

Tachyons

I try to write as little css as possible at this point. Tachyons is normally my base for putting something together. It handles most of what I need, is easy for me to extend and weighs less than 11kb. I generally strip out things that aren't needed for a project to get the weight down even more.

Postcss

For processing and manipulating CSS files. I use the following modules:

React-cxs

This is my favorite way to manage styles. Encapsulating your styles in js will help reduce debugging time and you only have to ship the css you need for a view which can be a huge performance boost.

React

React has transformed my ability to iterate through designs and test different ideas out.

Browser-sync

For auto-updating the browser after changing code.

NPM/Node

For managing build flow and dependencies.

A Web Browser

For visual testing my css is working. I normally test on lynx, safari, chrome, and firefox as well as mobile iOS and chrome.

Vim

For writing HTML/CSS/JS.

CSSSTATS

For visualizing various stats about the css I'm refactoring.

Pen & Paper

I still use pen & to write down notes and sketch out design ideas. When I'm building a complex component I generally write down a list of things I know about the component and a list of things I don't know for sure.

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