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Sa$$Y Bling

Huzzah! This month we take a look at the cool, shiny things you can do with Sass that would be maddeningly difficult, if not impossible, to do with CSS. We'll hear from three incredibly talented developer-designers–John Refano, Scott Kellum, and Albert Tholen.

John Refano (@threehz) will be giving a guided tour of some of the things he has built for Behance, showing how Sass can make your life a lot easier and help out with the creation some cool visual effects. You may even learn more about plain old CSS3 in the process.

Scott Kellum (@scottkellum) made Sassy Modular Scale, a Sass project inspired by and adapted from Tim Brown's Check out the great article about this project on The Sass Way ( and then come learn from Scott how he built and uses Sassy Modular Scale to bring harmony to his designs and projects.

Albert Tholen (@albert_tholen) wrote a Sass script extension to bring the math behind Photoshop's powerful soft-light gradient blending mode to Sass, which eliminates the need for making soft-light gradient backgrounds manually and allows a designer to create beautiful CSS3 gradients in-browser.

Our lightening talk dives into Control Directives, a pretty killer Sass feature that sets it apart from the other CSS Preprocessors. Good prep read:


John Refano ( | @threehz) is a web developer with a degree in design, residing in Brooklyn, NY.  He is member of the dev team at Behance, and an long time Sass enthusiast.  He loves CSS3 and making things as beautiful as they are functional.

Scott Kellum ( | @scottkellum) is a designer of all trades: graphic, web, typeface, print, publication. He currently works for Vox Media. Scott is behind many Sass extensions from Sassy Math to Singularity, a responsive grid system designed to be as flexible and small as possible while still providing an enormous amount of power. Scott also resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Albert Tholen (@albert_tholen) is a web development intern for Lua Technologies, Inc. He studies film and computer science at Wesleyan University. There, he works on web design and development when his schoolwork sees fit to grant him some free time.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

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  • Rouzbeh

    Great stuff! As a beginner it truly showed me some of the unwieldy powers it has to make your life so much easier and to look like the fastest dev out there. Can't wait to learn more!

    August 6, 2012

  • Rouzbeh

    Great meet up to see what's capable with sass! Can't wait to start digging into it further. Thank you to all the hosts and speakers!

    August 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good snacks, nice location, interesting presentations, especially the last 2.

    August 3, 2012

  • Mark R.

    Also regarding Albert's presentation Hey Grady has an scss file with most if not all Photoshop blend modes:
    I haven't had a chance to play with this yet but I am interested in comparing the two.

    I found this book very helpful for understanding blend modes:
    The Art and Science of Digital Compositing, Second Edition: Techniques for Visual Effects, Animation and Motion Graphics by Ron Brinkman.
    Though I have the first edition.

    August 2, 2012

  • Mark R.

    Thanks again to the organizers and sponsors for another great meetup!

    August 2, 2012

  • Andrea M.

    Great people, great space, great presenters. Very inspiring and awesome to see how other people architect and approach SASS.

    August 1, 2012

  • Walter W B.

    Very enlightening

    August 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Related to Albert's presentation, there's currently a draft proposal at W3C to bring the Photoshop blending modes into CSS itself. The gory details, and lots of formulae, are at

    August 1, 2012

  • Diego L.

    Very informative. It was great seeing how some developers are using SASS & Compass in different projects.

    August 1, 2012

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