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  1. 12 Oct, 2018

    Hurricane Web

    Figure out what the main thing is people want from your site and deliver it – using the simplest, least powerful technology available. (W3C, “The Rule of Least Power”) Make it withstand hurricanes.

  2. 12 Oct, 2018

    Thunder Nerds Podcast – An Event Apart Orlando 2018

    I just got back from the always-incredible An Event Apart conference in Orlando, and the Thunder Nerds were there interviewing the speakers. In my session, we talked about what goes into maintaining a design system. I described the importance of […]

  3. 05 Oct, 2018

    The Codification of Design

    Fantastic article by Snook about designer/developer relations. Everything that a designer draws in a Sketch or Photoshop file needs to be turned into code. Code needs to be developed, delivered to the user, and maintained by the team. That means […]

  4. 05 Oct, 2018

    Sass Selectors: To Nest Or Not To Nest?

    I threw a question out on Twitter regarding CSS/Sass authoring style. It was a difference between Option 1: .c-btn { … } .c-btn__icon { … } and Option 2: .c-btn { &__icon { … } } The results were interesting so […]

  5. 26 Sep, 2018

    The Dark Side of Conferences

    The Dark Side of Conferences by Sara Vieira shines a light on the hard reality of traveling so much for conferences and work. I find it funny that a lot of people envy me but most of the people who don’t […]

  6. 25 Sep, 2018

    Designing With Code

    Nice case study about designing the Wall Street Journal’s homepage in HTML and CSS instead of first creating static comps. In two of my bigger projects at The Wall Street Journal, writing code has led to new ideas. Problems that […]

  7. 04 Sep, 2018

    Google Chrome’s biggest challenge at age 10 might just be its own success

    The folks at @CNET interviewed me for a piece they did for Google Chrome’s 10 year anniversary. I’m quoted talking about the dangers of a browser monoculture, but also praising Chrome for speeding up the time it takes browsers to […]

  8. 29 Aug, 2018

    Thinking About React, Atomically

    React, at its core, follows Atomic Design inherently by encouraging developers to keep components as simple and as broken down as possible. From this simplicity, we can create more complex components and containers of components to create the user interfaces […]

  9. 27 Aug, 2018

    Hey GOV.UK, what are you doing about voice?

    With half of all search queries predicted to be spoken by 2020, here’s more detail on the work we’ve been doing to meet the emerging needs of voice assistant users and make government more accessible. Source: Hey GOV.UK, what are […]

  10. 27 Aug, 2018

    The presence prison – Signal v. Noise

    As a general rule, nobody at Basecamp really knows where anyone else is at any given moment. Are they working? Dunno. Are they taking a break? Dunno. Are they at lunch? Dunno. Are they picking up their kid from school? […]

  11. 24 Aug, 2018

    Designer+Developer Workflow: Head-Down Work

    Following up on the video Dan and I recorded that shows how we collaborate as designer and developer, I recorded a video of me doing a bit of head-down development work. Dan and I mention in our first video that […]

  12. 19 Aug, 2018

    Taking back the web

    As always, here’s a great talk by Jeremy. I’ve been meaning to add a lot of indie web features to my site, and his talk might just be the kick in the butt to make that happen.

  13. 19 Aug, 2018

    An inversion of nature: how air conditioning created the modern city

    Fascinating read about how air conditioning shaped much of society. Source: An inversion of nature: how air conditioning created the modern city

  14. 15 Aug, 2018

    Frontend Performance Checklist

    This looks like a handy performance checklist for a web project.

  15. 14 Aug, 2018

    CSS Scan

    Inspect Element on steroids: study how things are made on the web in real-time and copy computed styles with no hassle (neither longhand styles) This was an easy buy.

  16. 10 Aug, 2018

    Designer + Developer Workflow

    I’ve had the extreme privilege of collaborating on a bunch of projects with my friend Dan Mall (@danmall) over the last five and a half years. Dan is a designer. I’m a developer. And together, we’ve been refining our process to […]

  17. 06 Aug, 2018

    3 Years of Ian

    Yesterday marked Ian‘s 3-year anniversary working with me. I’m 5 and a half years into running my own business, so that means that my brother has been with me on this journey more than I’ve been going it alone. It’s […]

  18. 17 Jul, 2018

    Yes, Alan, There Is An ROI For UX Design

    The obvious place designers go when trying to calculate the bottom line is to ask the question, If I change the design, how much more income could we generate? But there’s another way design can help: reducing the costs. A much-overlooked portion of […]

  19. 16 Jul, 2018

    CSS: A New Kind Of JavaScript

    Love how Heydon flips this all on its head.

  20. 09 Jul, 2018

    Working With Atomic Design and Pattern Lab Online Course

    I’m excited to share an online course called Working With Atomic Design and Pattern Lab for Gymnasium. Here’s what the course covers: This course will teach students the atomic design methodology, setting up Pattern Lab, building & using UI components […]