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  1. 20 Jan, 2019

    Composing Components

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

  2. 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 […]

  3. 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 […]

  4. 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 […]

  5. 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 […]

  6. 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 […]

  7. 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. […]

  8. 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 […]

  9. 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 […]

  10. 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. […]

  11. 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, […]

  12. 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. […]

  13. 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. […]

  14. 19 Nov, 2018

    Deep Work Update #2

    A few weeks ago I made the decision to schedule every minute of my day, and so far so good. A few people have asked me for an update so I figured I’d share one. While my productivity score was […]

  15. 18 Nov, 2018

    bRuCk

    Bruck is a lo-fi prototyping system made with web components. Quickly create and comment on interface layouts. The output is screen reader accessible, and responsive without you having to author breakpoints. Interesting. I haven’t played around with web components enough, so […]

  16. 18 Nov, 2018

    CSS and Network Performance

    This post by Harry does a great job of talking about the performance implications of CSS, and he shares a load of tips for avoiding big performance hits due to CSS. CSS is critical to rendering a page—a browser will […]

  17. 15 Nov, 2018

    Ditching the MacBook Pro for a MacBook Air

    A while back I upgraded my computer to a new MacBook Pro, and ran into a ton of issues with it. My post on the topic apparently found its way to Apple’s engineering team, and I ended up working with […]

  18. 11 Nov, 2018

    Creating atomic components in Figma

    It’s great to see that design tools like Figma and Sketch have improved so designers can practice atomic design within them.

  19. 08 Nov, 2018

    Designer+developer workflow: more head-down work

    As part of Dan and my designer+developer collaboration series, I recorded another video building upon the work we’ve done so far. If you’re not caught up, feel free to watch the other videos: Video 1: Designer+Developer pair session Video 2: […]

  20. 06 Nov, 2018

    Design Systems: Mastering Design at Scale

    Dan Mall, Josh Clark, and myself partnered with the fine folks at InVision to create a video series called Design Systems: Mastering Design at Scale. In the series, we share lessons learned from our experience helping organizations create and maintain […]