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30 Aug, 2017
3 Ways to Stop Designing for Addiction
There’s some really smart stuff in this post. Pamela recommends some actionable things we designers can do to better ensure our creations don’t harm people. Ultimately this comes down to actively thinking about this stuff, so seeing articles like this […]
25 Aug, 2017
David Byrne A View from David Byrne Eliminating the Human
Speaking of David Bryne, here’s an important read by him that discusses how technology is (perhaps deliberately, perhaps inadvertently) removing important human interactions. The consumer technology I am talking about doesn’t claim or acknowledge that eliminating the need to deal […]
25 Aug, 2017
History of Music Books
I just finished a few incredible books that cover the history of music from a few different perspectives. Theft: A History of Music The first is Theft: A History of Music (Amazon link) by Jennifer Jenkins and James Boyle, which covers 2000 […]
21 Aug, 2017
The end of walking
Holy shit, what a depressing and truthful read. When my wife and I moved to Pittsburgh from New York City, we deliberately sought out a neighborhood where we could walk to get where we needed to go. The thought of […]
17 Aug, 2017
Blank by Cotton Bureau
This is so great. Our friends at Cotton Bureau are launching better fitting t-shirts for women and men. Support the Kickstarter!
17 Aug, 2017
Things you could be doing instead of designing & building that card component for the umpteenth time
Making that card pattern more accessible Making that card pattern more responsive Making that card pattern more performant Making that card pattern more agnostic so it can handle different content patterns Making that card pattern more resilient to extreme content […]
08 Aug, 2017
Best of Daewon Song | 2017
My cousin Jesse told me to check out Daewon Song, so I did. Tremendously entertaining and original.
08 Aug, 2017
What is Technology Doing to Us?
I re-listened to this podcast episode after seeing that Tristan’s Ted talk was just released. The podcast episode goes a whole lot deeper than the talk, and I think the subjects discussed are critical for any digital designer working in […]
31 Jul, 2017
At the heart of a good design system is a set of solid, flexible components that can be arranged to create cohesive, delightful user interfaces. There’s an oft-repeated misconception that pattern-driven design and development forces teams to use a finite, […]
26 Jul, 2017
I Don’t Know How To Explain To You That You Should Care About Other People
This article reenters to my consciousness almost daily. I can’t debate someone into caring about what happens to their fellow human beings. The fact that such detached cruelty is so normalized in a certain party’s political discourse is at once […]
23 Jul, 2017
2 Frontend Designers. 12 Days. 1 Website. How We Did It
Ian wrote about our experience launching a site for Brian Forde’s congressional campaign. One of the reasons we took the project on was that I thought it would be good for Ian to get a dose of how fast-paced the […]
21 Jul, 2017
Launching a Campaign Website…Quickly
I had the opportunity to make a website for Brian Forde, who is running for Congress in Orange County, California. Brian got in touch after reading my Designing an Effective Donation Form blog post, and wanted to bring that thinking to […]
19 Jul, 2017
Design Systems and Creativity: Unlikely Allies
I had the great pleasure of chatting with my pal Sophie Shepherd and Aquent Gymnasium’s‘s Jeremy Osborn about all things design systems. As the title suggests, we ended up talking quite a bit about a common gripe about pattern-based design and […]
09 Jul, 2017
This is a fantastic site that helps designers consider users who experience our creations in much different ways. It rounds up a lot of helpful tools and techniques to help you design more thoughtful, empathetic, and accessible experiences.
07 Jul, 2017
Incredible. Via Dave
05 Jul, 2017
Is it really safe to start using CSS Grid Layout?
“it isn’t your fault, but it is your problem” That’s a brilliant line, and as Rachel points out in this great post on using CSS grid layout, that line can be used for a whole host of things.
21 Jun, 2017
4 Things I Know About Pattern Libraries
Dave shared some battle-earned insights about working in a pattern-driven manner and creating pattern libraries. I love his thoughts on the topic, and since I’ve seen this play out in my own work I thought I’d share my own thoughts […]
15 Jun, 2017
The Road to Burnout is Paved With Context Switching
Sophie wrote a great post about a pretty major source of stress: context switching. Having a lot of work on my plate is fine. Meeting deadlines is fine. Planning long term projects is fine. Debugging code is fine. Writing detailed […]
14 Jun, 2017
Email Responses #4: Is Web Development Dead?
I recently got an email from a student who’s about to graduate with a degree in web development. They asked some really great questions, including “Is it still worth pursuing a job as a web developer?” I am planning to […]
13 Jun, 2017
Oil City High School 2017 Commencement Speech
I had the (very surreal, very strange) honor of traveling to my hometown of Oil City, Pennsylvania to give the commencement speech at Oil City Senior High School, the school I graduated from in 2003. This was a very different […]