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  1. 16 Feb, 2019

    Application Holotypes: A Guide to Architecture Decisions

    I love this classification of different kinds of web applications. It takes a more nuanced view of “sites vs apps”. I’d love to see this turned into a full-blown site with additional holotypes (airline, hotel chain, etc).

  2. 14 Feb, 2019

    Don’t Get Clever with Login Forms

    As time goes on I find myself increasingly annoyed with login forms. As password managers like 1Password (which is what I use) and Chrome’s password manager (which I also sorta use) become more popular, it’s important for websites to be aware […]

  3. 13 Feb, 2019

    Time for Happiness

    This article as well as a whole slew of others all seemed to come along at the same time, and they’re all hitting me at a particularly interesting time in my life. I’ve spent the last 6 years grinding really […]

  4. 13 Feb, 2019

    Measuring the Impact of a Design System – Cristiano Rastelli – Medium

    Measuring the Impact of a Design System is a tough topic, as design systems are a bit fuzzy. It’s not as clean cut as a website redesign. This is a fantastic post with some really awesome visualizations that helps put […]

  5. 12 Feb, 2019

    The ineffectiveness of lonely icons

    After more than a year of using her tablet to read Email, my mother had no idea the Gmail application can be used to write an email. Why? Because after more than 12 months of using an application, she still […]

  6. 06 Feb, 2019

    This or that? Component Names: index.js or Component.js

    I’m not sure if you’re aware, but there are sometimes different ways to do the same thing. Crazy, right? As a consultant I get to see a lot of different codebases, and I try study other projects’ architecture in order to […]

  7. 29 Jan, 2019

    My Skillshare Class Is Live!

    I’m thrilled to announce my Skillshare class about creating successful design systems is live! Here’s what the course is about: After working with many organizations to develop customized design systems, Brad saw the need for a straightforward approach that anyone […]

  8. 20 Jan, 2019

    Composing Components

    Good case study for building out a React-powered design system.

  9. 07 Jan, 2019

    Stepping away from Sass

    In this great post, Cathy Dutton explains how she removed Sass from her codebase. Why? She explains how she used to use Sass for layout, variables, and typography, but now native CSS features take care of that for her. I’ll […]

  10. 07 Jan, 2019

    Making Future Interfaces: Algorithmic Layouts

    Well, shit, this was entertaining! Here’s Heydon Pickering with a video explaining how flexbox and CSS Grid can help us make more responsive layouts with less work. While there are a lot of resources out there for learning things like […]

  11. 03 Jan, 2019

    Design Systems Workshop

    I’m super excited to head to Austin, Texas to give a workshop all about creating and maintaining design systems. I’m likely not doing a lot of design systems workshops this year, so don’t miss your chance! You can get tickets […]

  12. 01 Jan, 2019

    The ‘Future Book’ Is Here, but It’s Not What We Expected

    I’ve long been interested in how technology democratizes creation, and I’ve had success creating and self-publishing a book. So this article by Craig Mod rang a lot of bells for me. We were looking for the Future Book in the […]

  13. 01 Jan, 2019

    Building Night Mode for Hulu.com

    I think this is a great read that underscores how CSS can be quite powerful. In order to build out a night mode version of Hulu, the team got frustrated trying to sort out how to manage the relevant properties […]

  14. 31 Dec, 2018

    2018

    2018 has been a hell of a year. Usually when I do a year in review, I jump right into fond memories and work accomplishments. But this hasn’t been a normal year. Gramps‘s funeral was on my wife’s due date. […]

  15. 06 Dec, 2018

    The State of Web Browsers – Late 2018 edition

    This is a brutally honest, true article about the state of web browsers. It’s unfortunate the author unnecessarily said “went full retard” (a movie reference) because the rest of the post is dead on. The stuff about Firefox rang especially […]

  16. 06 Dec, 2018

    Big ol’ Ball o’ JavaScript

    Heydon Pickering published a fantastic post called Reluctant Gatekeeping: The Problem With Full Stack. I have about 3 blog post drafts covering similar ground and apparently we see very much eye-to-eye on this, so I thought it might be worthwhile […]

  17. 04 Dec, 2018

    Future Ethics

    I can’t recommend Future Ethics by Cennydd Bowels highly enough. I strongly encourage any person working on digital things to read this book. But I especially want a few million copies of this book to be crop-dusted over Silicon Valley. […]

  18. 03 Dec, 2018

    A Tribute to My Family’s Penis Faucet

    The house I was born and raised in has a single bathroom with no lock on the door. It also contains a faucet that looks like a penis. I’ve been fortunate to travel the world, stay in all manner of hotels, […]

  19. 02 Dec, 2018

    DevTools for Designers

    You know what makes me really freaking excited? All of this stuff. Get designers playing with the real thing. Take the mystery away. Get people updating and nudging in the browser. Screenshot changes, and have the “real” devs implement it. […]

  20. 02 Dec, 2018

    Who Do Designers Really Work For

    we came up with a little thing we tell all our clients before they agree to work with us: “You may be hiring us, and that may be your name on the check, but we do not work for you. […]