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  1. 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 […]

  2. 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 […]

  3. 16 Jul, 2018

    CSS: A New Kind Of JavaScript

    Love how Heydon flips this all on its head.

  4. 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 […]

  5. 08 Jul, 2018

    Disposable America

    Here’s a fascinating read about the history of the drinking straw. It’s very much a story of American consumerism.

  6. 08 Jul, 2018

    Itty bitty sites

    Itty bitty sites are contained entirely within their own link.

  7. 27 Jun, 2018

    The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right

    I knew I was opening pandora’s box, but I asked for diet advice on Twitter. I knew people tend to get a bit religious about dieting and are colored by their own experiences. That said, it’s a very difficult terrain […]

  8. 25 Jun, 2018

    Distinct Design Systems

    Here’s Dan with some smart words about the importance of baking the organization’s specific points of view, principles, and ingredients into their design system. In our work together, we’ve often used “better than Bootstrap” as a rallying cry. Dan explains: […]

  9. 24 Jun, 2018

    I Don’t Believe In Full Stack Engneering

    Here’s a good rant about the concept of full-stack developers. I tend to agree. In my experience, “full-stack developers” always translates to “programmers who can do frontend code because they have to and it’s ‘easy’.” Although I think the concept of […]

  10. 24 Jun, 2018

    VS Code Can Do That?!

    All the best things about Visual Studio Code that nobody ever bothered to tell you There’s some good stuff in here that I’ll be trying out. I switched to VSCode a while ago and it’s been quite enjoyable.

  11. 24 Jun, 2018

    Reflections on building an MVP design system in 3 months

    This post lays out a lot of the first steps of creating a design system in short order. I enjoy how the author reflected on some of the initial tool and process churn as the team found their bearings. This […]

  12. 14 Jun, 2018


    Unfortunate name (confusion with Sketch seems inevitable), but this seems like a cool concept. I like the idea of a nimble “Markdown-like notation” that helps teams play out a lot of different scenarios and states without having to create a […]

  13. 14 Jun, 2018

    Tools In The Basement

    After putting my daughter to bed last weekend, I crept downstairs to finally hang pegboard and organize the jumble of tools scattered around my basement. And wow, what a therapeutic, enjoyable experience that was! As I was performing this strangely […]

  14. 13 Jun, 2018

    Resilient, Declarative, Contextual

    This is a fantastic article by Keith J. Grant that breaks down CSS’s unique qualities that makes it powerful, but also perhaps a bit confusing to people coming at it from a programmatic background. It’s a great reminder as to […]

  15. 13 Jun, 2018

    GitHub Is Microsoft’s $7.5 Billion Undo Button

    Here’s the great Paul Ford with a great breakdown of what git and Github actually are. Much like his epic What Is Code? article, he’s able to translate the world of geeky programming stuff into something that’s palatable and entertaining […]

  16. 13 Jun, 2018

    Your Brain on Front-End Development

    Here’s Chris with a wonderful walkthrough of how his frontend developer brain looks at a design comp. It’s extremely insightful When confronted with a design comp, My brain tends to gravitate towards some of the non-obvious implementation solutions. In other […]

  17. 13 Jun, 2018

    Inclusive Components – Cards

    Here’s Heydon Pickering with a metric ton of great advice about creating accessible, flexible, robust card components.

  18. 13 Jun, 2018

    Style Guide Guide, Gatsby Edition

    We’re happy to announce Style Guide Guide, Gatsby Edition! You can check out the demo here. The workshop and the storefront There are lots of moving parts, tools, and environments involved in making a design systems take shape. We’ve found […]

  19. 11 Jun, 2018

    Where to put one-off components?

    A while back, Harry Roberts introduced the concept of shame.css: a stylesheet dedicated to housing your nasty, hacky, quick-fix CSS The idea is to isolate all the stuff that doesn’t belong in your beautiful, well-architected CSS architecture, in order to […]

  20. 11 Jun, 2018

    Vue.js or React ? Which you would chose and why?

    This response to the question “Vue.js or React” is interesting and thoughtful.