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Stephanie Eckles
Stephanie Eckles

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Retro Mini Gallery with Modern CSS

This project is a tribute to a time in web design (not so very long ago) that was ruled by gradients, patterns, and textures ๐Ÿ’…๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŽจ

I wrote the initial version of this on JSFiddle in early 2012 with the comment "Yay pseudo elements!" ๐Ÿ˜‚

This updated version is responsive and uses modern CSS techniques, features, and tools like:

  • grid layout
  • object-fit on the image
  • Sass (technically around but not quite stable/well-known in 2012)

It also uses properly semantic and hierarchical HTML, and considers accessibility ๐Ÿค˜

The "retro" techniques used are:

  • not-quite-realistic wood grain background texture
  • text-shadow to "inset" the headline
  • skeumorphic(ish) "Polaroid" design of the cards
  • borderline-offensive gradients on the buttons ๐Ÿ˜…

Please enjoy!

If you're curious about the cut-out effect around the "love" button, it's accomplished by setting the same fixed position background image on the body and the ::after:

.gallery-card__actions::after {
  background: url( top left repeat fixed;
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Discussion (2)

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Angga Lesmana

Wow that's cool๐Ÿ˜Š

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ubair noor

That is cool