Hello, I’m Mike Riethmuller

I’m a web developer and I make all sorts of stuff for the web. You can find some of my code work experiments creations shame on CodePen or GitHub and you can talk to me on Twitter.

When I’m not making things for the web I sometimes think about stuff and on rare occasions I write about it. You can find some of my writing here.

Stuff I wrote:

Canvas image manipulation techniques

Canvas is a really interesting piece of our web development toolkit, but it is often overlooked or misunderstood. It is, as the name suggests, very much a blank canvas; not providing much in the way of prebaked solutions. It is up to us as developers to ensure what we make with canvas, is accessible and performant.

How I nested my Sass and lived

Here is a secret. I like to nest my Sass. When I write SCSS I’ll happily go 3 or 4 levels deep. I’m so bad, I don’t even give a shit. I thought I would come out and talk about this because it is so heavily shamed by many developers, and I can’t quite figure out why. At risk of being the target of ridicule, let me explore this a little more.

Style Guides: 50 shades of corporate blue

I recently completed my third attempt at implementing a style guide within my organisation. So far this is the first attempt that looks to be maintainable and has some traction outside the development team. I want to share with you how we got there and what I learnt from 2 failed attempts.
Stuff I wrote before this

More about me

Oh, hey! You’re still here, good for you! You should know I’m passionate about web development and that doesn’t just mean standards; I’m an advocate for anything and anyone that contributes to good quality web development.

I’ve worked as a front-end developer on some of Australia’s largest websites as well as some of the smallest community sites. When I’m not building sites or blogging I like to experiment with code. I love learning new things and finding techniques that challenge what we think is best practice. Although very few ideas make it into my production toolkit, I find experimentation is the best way learn and the only way to discover new techniques.

I try to share everything I learn, I speak, I blog and sometimes help organise community events & meetups.

I’m available for hire or to speak! Why don’t you get in touch?