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  1. 29 Oct, 2018

    Scheduling Every Minute of My Day

    I just finished the fantastic book Deep Work by Cal Newport on the suggestion of half my Twitter feed. The book discusses the importance of doing deep work, which the author describes as: Professional activities performed in a state of […]

  2. 24 Oct, 2018

    Hoarding

    We’ve have had a rough last couple months. I’ll spare you the full story, but my wife and I put our lives on hold to (amongst many other things) clean out a hoarder house. According to Wikipedia: Compulsive hoarding is a […]

  3. 23 Oct, 2018

    How to Think Like a Front-End Developer with Brad Frost

    I had a fantastic time talking about what it means to be a “front-end developer” in this day in age on the always-fantastic Shop Talk Show. We talked about a role I tend to call “frontend design“, which we discuss […]

  4. 23 Oct, 2018

    Chill Out and Listen with Brad Frost

    I had a great time talking with Chantastic on the React Podcast. Chantastic asks him about his recent experience learning React and the difficulty he found entering the realm of React. They talk about team communication, developing portable solutions, organizational therapy […]

  5. 22 Oct, 2018

    I have resigned as the WordPress accessibility team lead. Here is why.

    The accessibility team lead of WordPress has resigned. In her post, Rian Rietveld explains some of the problems the accessibility team encountered as they tried to make the Gutenberg editor experience more accessible. It sounds like there were a lot of […]

  6. 18 Oct, 2018

    How much documentation to include in a style guide?

    I was asked this question on Twitter: @brad_frost How do you recommend a team document small decisions made on standards / design systems? Example: Button size is ___ because of ____. I don’t think we should list all of this […]

  7. 17 Oct, 2018

    LOW←TECH MAGAZINE

    This is a solar-powered website, which means it sometimes goes offline So cool. LOW←TECH MAGAZINE

  8. 16 Oct, 2018

    Only One Deliverable Matters

    The original spirit of wireframes, journey maps, comps, and the like was for exploration and to communicate ideas efficiently. They began as devices for conversation and experimentation, and in that loose context they remain as useful as ever. Over time, […]

  9. 16 Oct, 2018

    MODALZ MODALZ MODALZ

    MODALZ MODALZ MODALZ by Adrian Egger is fantastic in both its message and design.

  10. 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.

  11. 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 […]

  12. 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 […]

  13. 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 […]

  14. 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 […]

  15. 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 […]

  16. 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 […]

  17. 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 […]

  18. 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 […]

  19. 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? […]

  20. 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 […]