Chris Coyier on CodePen and the CSS-Tricks redesign

.net: What is CodePen?
CC: It's an app focused on education and inspiration for web designers. There is a code editor where you can literally write HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and create little demos (we call 'Pens') and save them. Other people can then check out your demos and 'fork' them (make a copy on their own account) and change them. Then there is the whole social layer, where you can 'heart' things (another way of remembering them for later as well as giving props), comment on them, follow other designers you like, and more.

.net: What are people going to use it for?
CC: I think the big use cases are: creating fun demos to share, creating reusable bits to remember for later (like a snippet library), and creating 'reduced test cases' – small bits of code to show off a bug or to suss out a problem they are having.

CodePen is by no means limited to that though. We are very interested to see how the community decides to use it. If some interesting use cases crop up, we'll be happy to cater to them.

.net: What kind of response have you had to the site so far?
CC: It's been very positive. I think people like the social and exploratory aspects a lot. And we're just getting started on that aspect. There is a lot more we can do to help people find the things they want to look at.

It's also fun having a technical audience. When someone writes in to tell us about a bug or design problem or something, they are often like, "Here's some CSS to fix it" which is funny and awesome.

CodePen can be used to show off projects, troubleshoot code and more

CodePen can be used to show off projects, troubleshoot code and more

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