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10 Jul, 2019
Extending Atomic Design
Atomic design is now over 6 years old (which is nuts!). I’m thrilled that all these years later the methodology continues to help teams think of their user interfaces as a hierarchical, interconnected set of components that build real product […]
09 Jul, 2019
Seeing the Pages For the Components | adjacent
Fantastic post by Dan Rose about the importance of flow and cohesion for effective web design. In this component-driven world flow and cohesion often take a backseat to modularity. I was fortunate enough to watch Dan at Smashing Conf demonstrate […]
09 Jul, 2019
Tracking Polaris – Shopify UX
This is a great read about how the Shopify team designed and grew their design system over the last two years. Note the focus on culture building, communication, and curation. Great stuff! Read: Tracking Polaris – Shopify UX
02 Jul, 2019
Your Undivided Attention Podcast
Just devoured the Your Undivided Attention podcast by The Center for Humane Technology. Incredibly smart conversations about important topics in technology. Highly recommend checking it out.
02 Jul, 2019
Why Did I Have Difficulty Learning React?
I’m glad I’m not the only one. A longtime hero of mine in this field, Jonathan Snook, shares his struggles learning React. He highlights a few reasons why he struggled to get his head around it: For me, I think […]
29 Jun, 2019
Super fun little thing that teaches you the basic vocabulary of synthesizers (and sound in general). Learning Synths
21 Jun, 2019
Relearn CSS layout: Every Layout
If you find yourself wrestling with CSS layout, it’s likely you’re making decisions for browsers they should be making themselves. Through a series of simple, composable layouts, Every Layout will teach you how to better harness the built-in algorithms that power browsers and CSS. […]
18 Jun, 2019
The Technical Side of Design Systems at CSS Day in Amsterdam
I had a fantastic time traveling to Amsterdam to speak at CSS Day (I was part of the + UI Special day). It was an absolutely phenomenal event and I learned a ton from all the amazing speakers. In my […]
14 Jun, 2019
Building the most inaccessible site possible with a perfect Lighthouse score
This post flips the topic of accessibility best practices on its head and demonstrates how to exclude everyone, even while still scoring perfectly on accessibility tools. The moral of the story: automated accessibility tools can help but shouldn’t be the […]
11 Jun, 2019
Rethinking designer-developer collaboration
My design partner in crime Dan Mall and I were interviewed on the Design Better podcast about breaking down barriers between designers and developers. Give ‘er a listen here.
28 May, 2019
Reducing motion with the picture element
I was just talking with Dave about the accessibility of moving images on the web, and he said: hm… I wonder if you could use picture + prefers-reduced-motion? He then sends the following code: <picture> <source srcset=”no-motion.jpg” media=”(prefers-reduced-motion: reduce)”></source> <img […]
13 May, 2019
Brad Frost Web Headquarters
Well, it happened. A new headquarters for Brad Frost Web LLC is now in my backyard. Why? I’ve been in my house for almost 5 years and have always used one of the guest bedrooms as an office. But now […]
26 Apr, 2019
Let’s Make A Design System! Live Coding at Smashing Conf
I had a great time at Smashing Conf San Francisco, where my session involved live-coding a design system on stage. It was the first time I’ve ever live-coded on stage before and was terribly nervous about the whole thing. Thankfully, […]
12 Apr, 2019
I think this post and The Great Divide are two of the most important reads about the state of frontend web development right now.
11 Apr, 2019
A site showing how many people on US government websites right now, as well as loads of other data. So cool.
11 Apr, 2019
Some Unsolicited Blogging Advice
Some great advice from Dave about blogging. If you have any idea at all, start a draft. 100% yes. I currently have 141 drafts sitting here in WordPress, and have a bunch more in my head that I want to […]
05 Apr, 2019
The realities of Deep Work: What happened when designer and author Brad Frost scheduled every minute of his day
The folks over at RescueTime interviewed me about my decision to schedule every minute of my day. I’ve really benefitted from establishing some rigor to my schedule. Here’s what I have to say a few months in: “After playing it […]
03 Apr, 2019
Future Ethics with Cennydd Bowles at SustainableUX
I’ve written about Cennydd’s amazing Future Ethics book, and this talk is a great intro to the contents of the book. Highly recommended viewing/reading.
03 Apr, 2019
When we’re evaluating technologies for appropriateness, I hope that we will do so through the lens of what’s best for users, not what we feel compelled to use based on a gnawing sense of irrelevancy driven by the perceived popularity […]
31 Mar, 2019
CVS Receipt Codepen
This extra-long CVS receipt Codepen makes me incredibly happy since my high school job was working at CVS.