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This week it's another RAPIDFIRE!!! We take listener questions and try to answer them as best we can within a 3 minute time constraint.



Chris Coyier and Dave Rupert in silly sunglasses and a sign that says Shawp Tawlkk Shough DOT COM

Chris Coyier and Dave Rupert

This episode is with just Chris & Dave, ShopTalk Show's hosts. Chris is the co-founder of CodePen and creator of CSS-Tricks, and Dave is lead developer at Paravel.

Time Jump Links

  • 3:07 HTML email is super fun to design for, so I'm a little surprised that you guys aren't all about it, and kinda put it down in show 12. The demographic I design for love their email and I'm sure they will until they retire (obviously older crowd, but still relevant).
  • 6:39 How do you know when to scale up and get bigger clients and start charging more? Do I need to look like an agency? Do I need a team?
  • 9:52 In my mind, CMS's are too often an annoying, unnecessary layer between the developer/designer and the code, making it harder instead of easier to optimize and maintain. What are some good alternatives for sites that aren't e-commerce or blogs?
  • 16:08 Flexible grid vs multiple fixed width layouts. Pros, cons, love, hate?
  • 21:05 Do you think there will ever come a day when the browser makers agree to standardize so we could not have to worry about putting all the browser prefixes in, then for IE, change how we write it completely? Also if this day ever came, how big would the party be?
  • 25:17 My questions are: 1. Is Code Ignitor a good solution for learning the proper PHP way to import images and data from external sources? 2. What's the best way to do this without dozens of server requests for each site view? 3. I'm planning on just reformatting the data with CSS. I want to make compelling infographics from the data. Recommendations?
  • 32:37 Are there any really good introductions out there to CSS preprocessors?
  • 36:28 How do you work with Boilerplate?
  • 40:34 Now that Retina is officially coming to the laptop experience, I'm bracing myself for dealing with having to output design and development mockups at twice the resolution. How do you guys streamline production when taking differing scale resolutions?
  • 47:02 Which responsive grid system do you prefer?
  • 50:07 How do you center a responsive website?
  • 55:17 What effect is the template market having on young developers who are trying to go it alone? Is it lowering client cost expectations but raising their deliverable requirement?