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:

Non-linear interpolation in CSS

A few years ago I wrote about fluid typography techniques that show how you can use calc() and viewport units to create transitions between different font-sizes as the viewport size changes. If you’d like to know more about how this technique works you should read my article Precise control over responsive typography.

The invisible parts of CSS

If you use CSS in your daily work, your primary goal is probably focused around making things ‘look right’. How this is achieved is often far less important than the end result. This means we care less about how CSS works than the correct syntax and visual results.

Interpolation in CSS without animation

Interpolation is the estimation of a new value between two known values. This simple concept is vastly useful and it’s commonly seen in animation on the web. With animation you declare the target properties and the end-state, and the browser will workout out the values in-between. Animation happens over time, but this is not the only dimension where interpolation can occur. In fact we interpolate values regularly in design, albeit manually, and particularly in responsive design. You may even do it unknowingly. Because of this, I think there is a need for a more native way of interpolating CSS values outside animation.
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! Why don’t you get in touch?