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350: 2021’s Most Hearted – CodePen Weblog

It’s again! We counted up all of the hearts given to each Pen created in 2021 and created a listing of the highest 100. Marie and Chris chat about this 12 months’s record. Who’s on it, what’s on it, and digging into the numbers the place we are able to.

Keep in mind that folks can coronary heart pens as much as 3 instances every, so if it appears to be like like a Pen decrease down the record has extra hearts than one greater up the record, it’s due to the density of hearts. The quantity you see on the cardboard solely displays the variety of folks that have hearted not the true variety of hearts.

Plenty of people hitting a number of instances. George Francis hit 6(!) instances (7, 28, 59, 75, 80, 82), a formidable feat for a member who solely joined in late 2020. 4 folks with 4 placements: Aysenur Turk (3, 11, 14… and 🥁 1), Yoav Kadosh (17, 33, 72, 95), Dilum Sanjaya (22, 24, 64, 65), and Aybüke Ceylan (38, 46, 63, 91), and a few 2-position folks. Woot!

“Full web page” layouts have been fairly a development on the Prime 100 this 12 months. That’s, Pens that seem like full web sites with widgets and playing cards and navigation and sidebars and the entire 9 yards. That’s against some previous years the place extra minimal small-yet-surprising Pens have been extra dominant within the Prime 100.

Recommendation for these taking pictures for the highest? Discuss your work. Nearly no person on the record creates work after which by no means shares it. Share it on social media, weblog about it, make a video, re-promote it a number of instances. Be a part of the neighborhood by liking different folks’s work. Keep in mind, your hearts come from different CodePen members. Additionally, be at liberty to replace and revise your Pens. Most of the Prime 100 are up to date and improved even after their preliminary wave of recognition.

Time Jumps

  • 01:43 A number of hearting a Pen
  • 03:26 The place to seek out the record for 2021
  • 04:11 #1 on the record
  • 07:31 George Francis on the record 6 instances
  • 10:13 Sponsor: Netlify
  • 11:55 Getting pens in entrance of the neighborhood
  • 14:52 It’s simply gotta have one thing particular
  • 15:15 Doing the CodePen Challenges
  • 15:32 Posting in January vs December
  • 17:56 Excessive fives to Yoav Kadosh
  • 18:34 Carousel carousels
  • 20:18 New faces and previous faces on the record
  • 21:47 Private favourite pens
  • 26:33 Full web page UI
  • 28:29 Greater than smaller for 2021
  • 31:05 In case you’re new to CodePen…

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Chris Coyier: Hey, everyone. Time for an additional CodePen Radio. That is episode 350 the place we’ll be speaking in regards to the high Pens of 2021, which is only a improbable time of 12 months as a result of we simply get to replicate upon a number of the most superb work that occurred on CodePen in the entire final 12 months. With me, after all, is Marie as a result of Marie is just not solely our lead of neighborhood and has her eye on all these items all 12 months lengthy, after all, however has dug into the information as properly.

Marie Mosley: Sure, I’ve. Hey, everyone. Comfortable New Yr.

Chris: Hey! Yeah. It simply feels a bit of higher this 12 months – just a bit.

Marie: A smidge. Yeah.

Chris: Only a smidge.

Marie: [Laughter]

Chris: I am in a greater temper anyway. Though, I am going to let you know what. I have to get again on the treadmill. My god. The cookies this 12 months, just–

Marie: Oh… [Laughter]

Chris: I actually simply threw away any good sense.

Marie: Yeah. These Danish butter cookies are those that all the time get me.

Chris: [Laughter] I am an equal alternative slob.


Chris: Okay, so what we did, this isn’t the primary we have achieved it. Most likely one thing just like the fifth or sixth – or one thing. I do not bear in mind the primary 12 months that we did it, nevertheless it’s an annual custom, for positive. What we do is, in contrast to our recognition algorithms, which consider to CodePen recognition usually issues like feedback, views, age of the Pen, and every kind of stuff. Even these days stuff like clicks and different issues that you just is perhaps thinking about as a result of we apply fancy machine studying fashions to CodePen. This isn’t that. This is rather like we rely up what number of hearts the factor acquired and that is it. [Laughter]

Marie: Mm-hmm.

Chris: It is the highest hearted, probably the most hearted Pens of 2021. There is just one little quirky caveat in that not everyone is aware of this, so I all the time really feel compelled to say it that you could coronary heart issues a number of instances on CodePen, not like coronary heart it, un-heart it, coronary heart it once more, however there are three ranges of hearts. You click on as soon as and also you get a bit of pink coronary heart. You coronary heart once more and that pink deepens right into a deep pink (let’s name it). You click on once more and it offers you a pleasant thick pink coloration.

That really issues. It issues for this little contest. It applies a bit of bit extra like-atude to that Pen. For you, you may go look in your profile and think about Pens that you’ve got appreciated one, two, or thrice. It is only for enjoyable. It is just a bit funzy-funzy that we added to CodePen one million years in the past.

Marie: Mm-hmm.

Chris: These do issue into this.


Marie: I feel lots of people additionally use that as sort of like how they categorize issues that they like, too: I prefer it, I prefer it quite a bit, I like it. That method you may sort of return and take a look at issues.

I feel I’ve mentioned on the present earlier than, and it stays true, I’m a one or a 3. I do not give twos.

Chris: Yeah. You are so bizarre. Come on.

Marie: [Laughter] I do know.

Chris: I am heavy on two. I do not know why.

Marie: No.

Chris: I reserve my threes for the plain cream of the crop.

Marie: Oh, yeah.

Chris: I am liberal with my ones.

Marie: Sure.

Chris: That provides me twos as those, like, that is stand out, however sorry if I withhold my threes for less than the very biggest.

Marie: Effectively, it is like me on Medium. I am going to clap 50 instances if I will trouble clapping in any respect.


Marie: So, .

Chris: Yeah, proper on. Proper on.

Marie: I am an extremist.

Chris: I prefer it. So, there are every kind of fascinating issues about this 12 months. In fact, please be inspired to go to It’ll get you there.

Then there are ten Pens on every web page. Sorry, we did not make it only one large, lengthy factor, however that is due to the character of CodePen and the way they’re little iframes and all that may be a bit of too heavy. So, we break up it up, not for the web page views, which we actually do not even rely. [Laughter]

Marie: Nope.

Chris: Only for the sake of your browser.

Marie: Yeah. [Laughter]

Chris: Then it begins at 100. In case you simply need to take a look at the highest 10, properly, after all, I encourage you to have a look at all high 100, however simply go to /10 and that’ll present you the highest 10 anyway.


Chris: Congratulations to primary, after all, Aysenur Turk.

Marie: Sure.

Chris: She is improbable. She’s on the record for instances and simply super. I am making an attempt to get her for the present. She mentioned perhaps.

Marie: Yeah.

Chris: …set a time. English not her first language, so sort of a perhaps there.

Marie: Mm-hmm.

Chris: You’d acknowledge her. This can be a development – past simply her. Full layouts.

Marie: Sure.

Chris: Actually like, here’s what an app may seem like – or no matter – or a web site with a bit of bit extra to it than common, and it is actually superb that these get pulled off in Pens in any respect, particularly as a result of we do not — after all, we’ve assets that you should utilize. However I really feel like, usually, full layouts like this are damaged out into a number of totally different information and componentry and stuff. It is fairly spectacular that these are pulled off in any respect – and actually cool to see.

Marie: Mm-hmm.

Chris: If something, it is like, “Oh, my god. My app may seem like that.” I feel there is a sensible nature to those that actually pulls out these hearts.

The hole between primary and even simply quantity two is double.

Marie: Sure.

Chris: Aysenur, big claps for that. Practically 10,000 hearts on this sucker, which is just a few subsequent degree CodePen stuff proper there.

Marie: Mm-hmm. Sure, it’s.

Chris: Yeah. Tremendously cool.

Marie: Yeah, the factor that is most likely price declaring there may be that Aysenur truly up to date that Pen later within the 12 months and repromoted it, so it was created January 2nd and shared on the very starting of the 12 months, which is a fairly sensible technique when it comes to getting one thing — as a lot as publicity as attainable all through a 12 months.

Chris: Mm-hmm.

Marie: However then, in September, she up to date the Pen and made some vital revisions and talked about it once more, began sharing it on social media, and issues like that. So, that gave it a second spherical of consideration, and I feel that was a extremely sensible play.

Chris: Certain.

Marie: If that was a plan to get onto the highest 100, it was a sensible one. If not, it labored both method.

Chris: I inform ya. I see it all over the place. You see it in politics, not that we’ll discuss that. However should you simply repeat your self sufficient, it tends to work. Folks listen.

Marie: Yeah.

Chris: That is the factor that they affiliate with you and that sort of repetition. It really works in promoting. Why would not it work with standard Pens, too? Why do not we discuss that? Let’s sprinkle this into our dialog immediately is recommendation for folks making an attempt to make this record. I feel that is an necessary one that you just put a finger on there may be speaking about it. You possibly can’t simply make it and stroll away.


Marie: Yeah, and do not be shy about resharing. I feel lots of people really feel uncomfortable resharing one thing that they’ve already shared, particularly if, for instance, we have retweeted them already or we have already put it within the Spark or one thing.

It does not matter. If somebody sees your stuff sufficient that they are like, “Oh, no, I’ve seen this twice,” then it is a hit, realistically. We’re all up in opposition to algorithms right here and all simply flooded with info. So, if any person sees your factor greater than as soon as – I do not know – that is a win, actually. [Laughter] So, do not be shy. Let it occur.

Chris: Yeah. Completely. There are some extra issues that we’ll discuss, so preserve listening right here.

There may be additionally — and this occurs yearly that you could have a giant 12 months on CodePen and hit this record a number of instances.

Marie: Oh, yeah.

Chris: That occurred to an entire bunch of individuals right here. The truth is, relative newcomer George Francis. I had him on this present.

Marie: Mm-hmm.

Chris: In case you’re thinking about George’s work, simply return and hearken to that. He was on the record. I am making an attempt to construct as much as it. I am going to simply say it. Six instances!

Marie: Sure. Yeah.

Chris: Holy cow, George. Excessive-five on that.

Marie: Yep.

Chris: George is large into the generative stuff and plenty of Houdini stuff.

Marie: Mm-hmm.

Chris: Which is sort of like a JavaScript API to show CSS the best way to paint one thing. So, you make this little paint worklet after which you may sort of management it via CSS customized properties – often, usually. That is often the method George takes. And a few stuff in it that I’m simply tremendously compelled by.

The truth is, certainly one of my favorites is his little flecks, like paint flecks. You possibly can think about laying out a bit of paper on the ground and – I do not know – portray the ceiling or paining your wall and simply the sensation of random droplets of stuff falling down. It actually has – I do not know – an authentically speckled look to it.

Marie: Yeah, it does.

Chris: I am unsure what the method is, however I feel it simply appears to be like super. Maybe prior to now, we’d make a JPEG or one thing of that look and simply use background repeat, repeat on it and sort of get that look. However the truth that it is truly really randomized and could be moderately effectively drawn as a result of it in the end finally ends up as canvas on the Internet, primarily. That is fairly environment friendly. The truth that then you may management — it is not — you may’t inform a JPEG, “Effectively, improve the splotchitudes,” or “Make the splotches purple,” or no matter in the identical that you could in Houdini. Simply so cool.

The truth is, as quickly as I noticed that splotches, I included it on CSS-Tips within the header and the footer. It was once only a strong grey coloration. Now I am like, it is grey with flecks.

Marie: Good.

Chris: As a result of it is two traces of code! Simply because these worklets are really easy to make use of. You simply say, “Load the worklet from this URL,” and then you definately use the worklet in CSS. It actually could be as small as two traces of code.

Anyway, I’ve mentioned an excessive amount of about that. Congratulations, George, on six locations in there. Weren’t you sort of saying George is comparatively new?

Marie: Yeah.

Chris: Perhaps to not the world of programming, however definitely to CodePen.

Marie: Yeah. Joined on the finish of 2020 after which 2021, had a gorgeous run. One in every of them is within the high ten. He is in quantity seven.

Chris: Very, very nice.


[Guitar music starts]

Chris: This episode of CodePen Radio is delivered to you partially by Netlify. Excessive-five for the help, Netlify.

You already know Netlify has auth? You already know? You possibly can’t run any server-side code on Netlify and so they usually bounce in at moments like processing types and operating cloud features and auth are issues that you just may actually need a server for, however they simply sort of provide help to achieve this that the remainder of your website can stay static and, thus, quick and safe and all that. Their auth is actually tremendous cool and highly effective.

They name it Netlify Id, and it simply does precisely what you suppose it is going to do. They will provide help to present OAuth, that means log into this website with Google, BitBucket, GitLab, or GitHub. You do, after which you’ve what you want as a logged in person.

For example you are going to construct a to-do app – or no matter. However you are going to do it Jamstack type. You may need an information supply that some cloud information retailer. You are going to speak to it.

Effectively, how are you going to speak to it? You are going to speak to it via cloud features, most likely, as a result of you are going to have an API key. Then you may preserve it secret and use these cloud features to speak that you just’re speaking via with JavaScript from the browser.

Okay. It’s essential ask that retailer, “Give me person 8294’s to-do objects.” Effectively, how are you aware it is person 8294? Effectively, as a result of they’re auth’d via Netlify Id, so you understand how to go that info to the API and get the information again that it is advisable get.

You possibly can construct any app on this planet primarily based on these items happening. In fact, it could possibly do extra. It might probably provide help to generate customized emails that say, “Hey, you signed up,” or “Hey, you modified your password,” or all that sort of stuff. Then edit their roles as properly. Be like, “This individual is an admin, however this individual is only a person,” and all that.

Anyway, all that attainable on Netlify, simply in case you did not know. Once more, thanks for the help, Netlify.

[Guitar music ends]


Chris: One other one, Dilum Sanjaya, we have been his work simply earlier immediately. Tremendous good. We have been like, what? If anyone sort of seems as in the event that they have–

Are you a listener? Write in, Dilum, if you’re.


Chris: That may be fascinating to see. Perhaps following the Chris and Marie playbook of CodePen success as a result of they’re doing all the things proper.

Marie: Yeah.

Chris: There are full layouts right here. There is a periodic desk you identified, which is sort of a basic one.

Chris: Yeah, in some way.

Chris: It appears to fire up likes.

Marie: A periodic desk hits the highest 100 – what’s this – 3-years operating now, so folks like them.

Chris: Mm-hmm.

Marie: We’ve got introduced it up on the present, so I do must surprise if this can be a pupil of this system.


Chris: Congratulations on 4 placements within the high there.

Marie: Sure.

Chris: That is fairly nice. You already know I simply do not see anyone who has this sort of expertise in making issues for the Internet, , not being profitable if they need it. You already know?

Marie: Yeah.

Chris: I simply really feel such as you dang did it. You already know? Look! You are demonstrably fantastic at these items. Do you have to select to stay round this trade — and I hope you do — you are going to do properly for yourselves, all of those folks.

Marie: Yeah. Completely.

Chris: Fairly cool.

Marie: It is an attainable record. It’s undoubtedly attainable to get onto. You simply must make one thing cool and get it out in entrance of the neighborhood.

Chris: Yep.


Marie: And take part locally. I do suppose that is necessary as a result of, , these hearts come from CodePen members, so you have to be a part of the neighborhood to essentially get the eye of the opposite neighborhood members. It is smart. It is identical to any social community.

Chris: Yeah. Proper. Once more, you may’t make it and stroll away. You have to share it. You have to discuss it.

You identified an fascinating one to me that not solely you take part within the feedback by yourself Pen. You already know?

Marie: Mm-hmm. Yeah.

Chris: That you simply’re concerned there as properly, which will not have an effect on what number of hearts you get. I imply I do not know. It may need oblique results in that the feedback on the put up then impact its recognition on CodePen, which then extra folks will see it and get extra hearts. However it’s in a roundabout way factored in.

Marie: Effectively, and likewise, if you’re replying to feedback, , if folks have questions on your work — and that is quite common for issues that get standard. Folks can have questions on the way it’s made. It isn’t unlikely that should you reply them, they may hit that coronary heart button. You already know? [Laughter]

Chris: Yeah. There you go. Fairly fantastic. Yeah, so so far as our guidelines is worried, speaking about it, sharing it, selling it, and taking part locally, that is our guidelines up to now right here on folks making an attempt to do their factor. You already know the plain one being it is simply acquired to have that one thing particular.

Marie: Yeah. Yeah.

Chris: It isn’t so laborious to get some extent of proven on the trending web page or one thing. It is a bit of simpler to hit trending, definitely, than it’s to hit the highest Pens. There’s one thing all the time a bit of one thing further in regards to the high 100.


Marie: Yeah. Yeah. One factor that I observed is {that a} full 10% of the highest 100 have been Problem Pens, which is a fairly cool factor.

Chris: Wow!

Marie: Yeah, so 10 out of 100 have been made for a CodePen Problem. Fairly cool.

Chris: That is superior!

Marie: Yeah.

Chris: Effectively, I didn’t know that. That is actually, actually cool.

I feel, in years previous, we have mentioned it does not actually matter while you make the factor. You would not say, “Oh, I’ve an important concept for a Pen, nevertheless it’s October.”

Marie: Proper.

Chris: “So, I assume I am going to simply not do it as a result of my likelihood is decrease.” I will say that there are Pens created in October and November which might be on this record. There occurs to not be any December, so I feel this 12 months we’re a bit of unsuitable about that. January is fairly stacked.

Marie: Sure.

Chris: I hate to let you know. [Laughter]

Marie: Yeah, so once more, I’ve to surprise if individuals are college students of the earlier instances we have talked in regards to the high 100. Yeah, you are clearly giving your self a bonus to place one thing out initially of the 12 months.

I do suppose some people labored on stuff via the December holidays after which simply copied it out to a recent new Pen and launch it then. That is sensible since you do not need to get caught in December. It isn’t a time when individuals are significantly lively on the Web. It is when folks go on trip.

Chris: Mm-hmm.

Marie: Persons are making ready for the vacations, so it is vitally sensible to launch your late 12 months work truly the following 12 months, should you can maintain again. [Laughter]

Chris: Yeah. Certain.

Marie: As a result of then you definately do have the complete 12 months to develop. You might have the complete 12 months to be seen.

Chris: Yep.

Marie: You might have the complete 12 months to repromoted your work, like I am mentioning and like we noticed. Plenty of folks did re-promote their work all year long.

Chris: Yeah.

Marie: Yeah. This time round, the creation dates on these Pens is closely stacked to the primary quarter of the 12 months.

Chris: Mm-hmm, which I assume is a bit of unfair, however that is simply how we roll right here.

Marie: It isn’t unfair. It is simply how time works. You already know? [Laughter]

Chris: Yeah. It is how the Oscars work, so .


Marie: Precisely. Yeah. Precisely. There are seasons to launch issues, and we’re saying this now however plenty of that is tied to how life was via 2021. Plenty of us did not get to do an entire lot within the outdoors world till {the summertime}.

Chris: Mm-hmm.

Marie: So, , we do see a heavy stack up initially of the 12 months, after which issues begin to change because the climate modified, as issues modified all through the world. What we’re saying about 2021 could not apply for 2022, however you may’t damage your self by getting one thing out early.

Chris: There you go. Extra large high-fives to Yoav Kadosh, 4 positions on the highest 100.

Marie: Sure.

Chris: Very improbable.

Marie: Very cool work. I actually get pleasure from what he is achieved this 12 months. Some actual cool, tremendous real looking trying issues, just like the real looking swap. There’s like a pink toggle swap that appears like what you’d have on a guitar amp or one thing. Then there’s additionally a toggle swap that is like an orange slider toggle swap that has a really area feeling to it. You already know what I imply?


Chris: Completely, completely, completely. Toggles.

Marie: Yeah. Folks love them.

Chris: As a lot as we’re saying dashboards, toggles won’t ever die on CodePen.

Marie: Toggles won’t ever die, after which carousels. A few years again, we mentioned carousels are again. Carousels are again. Folks settle for carousels.

Chris: [Laughter] Yeah.

Marie: Okay?

Chris: Heck yeah.

Marie: [Laughter]

Chris: Particularly the 3D, and the carousel-carousel. That is a great way to place it. Think about an precise 3D carousel with the horses and stuff.

Marie: Yeah.

Chris: However as a substitute of the horses, you place panels, and it has a 3D facet to it. Sure. So, so cool.

Marie: Yeah, so you may make a carousel if you would like. Do not let anyone let you know, you may’t. [Laughter]

Chris: No. Darn it. Yeah, folks know the best way to swipe.

Marie: Completely. That is the factor, and I feel that is the change that occurred is that folks acquired used to the idea of swiping, and the concept of swiping is not uncommon.

Chris: No.

Marie: Lots of people are experiencing the Internet with their thumbs now. [Laughter] You already know? It is a very totally different factor.


Chris: I feel the – I do not know – pooping of carousels prior to now, not less than in my circles, was extra about content material technique than it was ever in regards to the performance of a slider in any respect. There are 4 subgroups at this assembly, and everyone needs the homepage.

Marie: Proper.

Chris: And so, our answer is to provide everyone a panel of a carousel on the homepage, which is sort of unhealthy for everyone, as a substitute of a company that is aware of the best way to make decisions for actual.

Marie: [Laughter]

Chris: Yeah. Anyway, that is extra in regards to the precise carousels on CodePen. It is so lovely.

Marie: Sure. Beautiful. Sure.

Chris: A giant high-five to Aybuke Ceylan, as an instance – one other 4 place. These are all our high folks. Once more, simply wow. You already know?

Marie: Sure. Yeah. Actually spectacular, and it is nice to see folks get on there repeatedly as a result of it is such as you’re constructing a portfolio of actually spectacular work. Congratulations to everybody.

Chris: Yeah. Plenty of new faces. These are our favorites, after all.

Marie: Sure.

Chris: As a result of it is sort of like proof that you could simply slide proper into CodePen and kick butt if you wish to. However I do respect seeing the previous faces as properly, folks that perhaps even step away for some time however they’ve nonetheless acquired it – sort of factor.

Marie: Oh, yeah. We’ve got–

Chris: You already know Hakim El Hattab is certainly one of my favourite dudes. He runs, and he is simply been round endlessly doing inventive issues. So cool to see his identify on the record once more with a extremely sort of intelligent type idea. Simply neat to see.

Then one other one on the record was an concept that Hakim had that any person else coded, proper?

Marie: Sure. Yeah. That was actually fascinating to see. It was a reference to another person on the highest 100 record, and I assumed that was actually cool.

Chris: I hear a lot from speaking to folks. This podcast has had plenty of visitor stuff in it, and I feel this subsequent 12 months goes to have much more, too. Listening to from folks that say, “In fact, I’ve concepts. However plenty of my concepts simply come from elsewhere. They arrive from the true world, or they simply,” and what number of instances have we mentioned this, “come from Dribbble or one thing.”

Marie: Mm-hmm. Yeah.

Chris: Yeah. Actually, that reveals up right here. I am unsure how most of the high 100 began life as a Dribbble. I do not suppose that many, however definitely plenty of trending Pens do.

Marie: Yeah, and plenty of of them did. I am fairly positive our primary has its roots in Dribbble.

Chris: Oh, proper on.

Marie: Yeah.


Chris: A few of my private favorites is there is a Sarah Fossheim certainly one of this referred to as muson.css.

Marie: Oh, yeah.

Chris: It should be some piece of recording historical past. It appears to be like like – I do not know – a rainbow keyboard or one thing. I do not know what the precise historical past of this machine is, but–

Marie: Oh, the muson. Yeah.

Chris: Yeah. I am sorry. I ruined it. I’ve by no means truly seen one in actual life earlier than, however I really feel like I’ve now as a result of it actually appears to be like like {a photograph}.

Marie: Yeah, it is like an old-time — I need to say that one is from just like the ’70s. It is an previous one.

Chris: Yeah.

Marie: It is acquired that — and you’ll see it on this illustration. It is acquired that – I do not know – plastic of the ’70s and ’80s. [Laughter]

Chris: Certain.

Marie: Which was that sort of like off-brown sort of pinkish type of coloration. Yeah, it is a actually [laughter] lovely rendition of it. The shadows are good.

Chris: Yeah.

Marie: It is such a cool illustration. I like her work.

Chris: I am not even positive what it’s about it that–

Marie: Sarah Fossheim does actually cool issues.

Chris: Yeah, really, and I do not suppose — that is definitely not her first time replicating an object.

Marie: Mm-hmm.

Chris: I feel a few of her early work there’s a digital camera that she did that was superb after which did another musical units. An previous Mac, she did.

That is a lesson in itself, proper? You might have one success with one thing. I feel that proves that you have what it takes. Do it once more. [Laughter]

Marie: Yeah.

Chris: Do it once more. Do a variation on one thing that you just already know is profitable.

Marie: Yeah. Completely, yeah. I feel that it is cool to see folks iterate on issues in that method, to construct on a theme, to take an concept and increase upon it. It is nice, and no disgrace in that.

I do suppose folks have a worry of repeating themselves. Do not worry it.

Chris: Yeah.

Marie: I will repeat myself a bunch of instances on this podcast about that.



Chris: GreenSock has been mates of CodePen for a very long time, in no small half due to how many individuals simply love utilizing GreenSock on CodePen.

Marie: Mm-hmm.

Chris: Massive within the animation neighborhood. It is cool to see themselves as a result of they’ve a CodePen account. They’ve one on the highest 100, and I feel that is cool when a framework places effort into constructing superb demos for their very own framework and get consideration for it that method. It is proof that CodePen can have a component of promoting to it that is not essentially only a individual.

Marie: Mm-hmm.

Chris: Yeah. I would prefer to see that extra nearly. There aren’t any guidelines in opposition to your framework having an account after which posting cool stuff that your framework can do. Go for it.

Marie: Completely. It is an unbelievable method to reveal it. They’ve achieved a extremely good job of participating with the neighborhood and likewise selling their work.

That they had a giant launch. I assume this one, the one which’s on the highest 100 right here, the scrolling playing cards, that is associated to their large launch initially of the 12 months. Proper? That they had a cool plugin come out. I neglect the identify of it [laughter] however they’d a cool plugin.

Chris: Was it the scroll timeline one? Most likely.

Marie: I feel so. Yeah.

Chris: That was their splashiest launch.

Marie: Completely, and so they coordinated that with the neighborhood. That they had folks make issues. I am guessing that they gave folks entry to it early in order that they may sort of play with it forward of time.

Chris: Mm-hmm.

Marie: That was a extremely sensible play and it acquired it into lots of people’s fingers and acquired plenty of eyes on it, in order that’s the best way to do it.

Chris: I like it.

Marie: Yeah.

Chris: I feel they made their flip plugin free just lately, which spurred some use in that.

Marie: Mm-hmm.

Chris: That is my favourite as a result of it has this factor of what flip means is it is a type of first/final enter. I neglect what the precise acronym means, nevertheless it means you do your structure, you place the stuff the place you need, after which that there is going to be a transition and issues are going to maneuver round, so that you simply do it. You simply perhaps change a category identify, transfer the issues to the place that you really want them to be in, after which while you use flip, it simply will tween the issues from the place they are going. You do not have to jot down the animation your self. You simply put it the place you need it to go and the flip animates it to that place.

Marie: Good.

Chris: As an alternative of getting to make use of your mind and say, “I need to animate it up 17 pixels and to the best 3 and alter the opacity to this.” You do all that with CSS after which say, “GreenSock, tween it.” You already know?

Marie: Good.

Chris: Which is nice as a result of they sort of began life as a flash factor, did not they?

Marie: Oh, I did not know that. How about that? Wow! They’ve tailored.

Chris: That is humorous as a result of flash sort of had tweening in-built. I ponder what they–

Yeah, they’ve had a bunch of lives. They have been round a very long time, which I actually respect.

Marie: Cool.

Chris: What else do you need to say about this stuff right here?


Marie: Effectively, I feel a degree that you just made earlier on that full web page UI and stuff was actually sizzling this 12 months, I simply need to stress how sizzling that was. It was like 17 Pens within the record [laughter] that I really feel like may fall into that class.

Chris: Mm-hmm.

Marie: It is actually fascinating to see how individuals are constructing out full pages in a single web page. This can be very fascinating. I’d not have guessed that it will be this standard. I noticed it rising, however I would not have thought it will take this a lot of the record.

Chris: Proper.

Marie: We additionally, after all, see plenty of actually sensible UI stuff throughout the record. One factor that is fascinating is also that we see a bit much less of CSS illustration alone making the record this 12 months.

Chris: Hmm.

Marie: It was actual large final 12 months, however this 12 months it was overtaken by different developments.

Chris: Certain. Yeah.

Marie: I feel it is simply actually fascinating to see this stuff emerge over time and likewise to have the chance to look again over a 12 months and see, okay, that is what this 12 months was actually about. You don’t ever know initially of a 12 months. You can also make a guess.

Chris: [Laughter]

Marie: In case you hearken to final 12 months’s podcast, you may hear me saying glass morphism, no method.


Marie: That is going to circulation. Then right here it’s primary. And I wasn’t speaking about that Pen, however I used to be speaking in regards to the idea of glass morphism. I used to be like, no person — that is going nowhere. [Laughter] However we do not see it namechecked anymore, nevertheless it simply sort of acquired absorbed into the type. You see the type of glass morphism all all through what’s standard, and most of the issues right here within the high 100 truly sort of incorporate that sort of type. Yeah, you may’t even guess what is going on to occur in a 12 months generally. You already know?


Chris: No. The little, tiny issues with the sunshine, Aaron Iker, after all, the grasp of that, has been on the present.

Marie: Sure.

Chris: Does seem on the record. Congratulations, Aaron. However much less of that, . Much less of Aaron’s type. Greater than smaller was large this 12 months, I assume.

Marie: Yeah. I assume that is what you may sort of say while you take a look at what was standard right here is that we went from numerous recognition in tiny issues, like buttons, micro-interactions have been very large in 2020. Then this 12 months, we see complete web page layouts and likewise simply app layouts, dashboards, giant navigation, issues like that. It is actually cool to see that change, and likewise it is informative for us. We’re studying what the front-end needs and wishes proper now.

Chris: Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm. It appears to be like like Amit Sheen has acquired a few placements on right here. He is all the time thinking about intelligent 3D stuff.

Marie: Oh, sure. Sure.

Chris: He is acquired one on right here that is a bit of uncommon even for him with this sort of phrase morphing concept, which I used to be so into. I am like, how on Earth does that work?

Marie: Yeah. That one is trippy. Yeah.


Chris: I prefer to see that as a result of I really feel like generally a “how on Earth” Pen may not make the highest 100.

Marie: Mm-hmm.

Chris: You already know as a result of it should enchantment to folks which might be interested by the way it was achieved however perhaps not simply globally. The hearts do not simply circulation in. However they did for this one. Really bizarre. You already know? It appears to be like like one thing that you just’d nearly definitely have to make use of video for or After Results that’s simply being achieved on a handful of traces of CSS – consider it or not.

Marie: Yeah. Actually, actually spectacular. If you understand it is simply CSS, it’s surprising. It is one thing that is fascinating to sort of dig into.

I all the time like, after I see one thing like this, to take it and truly do the factor the place I view the compiled CSS and simply take a look at the precise CSS to see the way it labored. That is an possibility within the CSS panel. You simply hit the menu up high and you’ll view the compiled. I simply suppose that is actually fascinating to do when you’ve one thing that is made with a pre-processor. Like Amit’s factor right here, the CSS morphing, that one is completed with Sass.

Chris: Mm-hmm.

Marie: So, seeing the precise compiled CSS is all the time very instructive for me to grasp how on earth did they really do that. [Laughter]

Chris: Mm-hmm. That may be true in HTML as properly.

Marie: Sure. Sure.

Chris: In the event that they’re utilizing some pug or no matter else.

Marie: In case you see one thing the place it is HTML and it is extraordinarily mysterious, “How did this work?” you need to compile the pug and simply get an actual understanding of what is truly occurring in there.


Chris: Yeah. Implausible. In case you’re new to CodePen, this is perhaps enjoyable to have a look at to see, , simply a number of the unbelievable stuff that folks do. Have a look at them. Fork them. Do no matter.

It is also you get a bit of sense of who they’re whereas searching via the record as a result of it has their avatar and their identify and what number of Pens they’ve made and issues like that. And there is a large previous observe button subsequent to everyone on there. So, if you would like some fascinating folks to observe on CodePen, searching this record is perhaps a beautiful place. I’d even suggest simply click on and observe on all of them, actually. However that is simply me.

Marie: It is an important place to start out if you’re new to CodePen. Following the folks within the high 100 is a method you may’t go unsuitable. Then that method you are following feed is stuffed with fascinating work, and also you get to see the issues that they are liking, the issues that they are including to collections. So, you get a really feel for what else is going on locally, too.

I feel since we have elevated the emphasis on following, individuals are getting extra fascinating stuff to have a look at. And we additionally noticed individuals are actually self-curating their very own feeds now. This 12 months, we noticed that there was an nearly even break up between picked Pens and never picked Pens that have been getting hearts, which implies that there are complete communities that exist which might be having fun with one another’s work, studying from one another that don’t have anything to do with the editorial degree the place we’re making selections about that is cool; this is occurring the homepage.

There have been numerous simply folks liking one another’s work and having little mini communities type round work. Having self-curation of your following feed I feel provides a brand new dimension to having fun with CodePen.

I observe tons of individuals, clearly, as a result of it is my job to take action, but additionally as a result of I get pleasure from it. It’s actually cool to observe folks, see the brand new issues that they are making, see the issues that they are interacting with, and see them develop as builders as a result of everyone — the extra work that they put in, they develop each day. Each new factor that they create is a brand new alternative to be taught one thing and increase their abilities. So, observe folks. It is the best way to make issues further enjoyable.

Chris: Hey! Excessive-five. That is a pleasant place to finish it. Any closing phrases earlier than we wrap up?

Marie: No. I simply need to say congratulations to everybody that is on the highest 100, and I’m trying ahead to seeing who makes it subsequent 12 months.

Chris: Ah, precisely the identical. Muah.

Marie: [Laughter] Thanks for listening, everyone. Bye-bye.

Chris: Goodbye.

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