Words that would otherwise be coming out of my mouth

  1. 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 […]

  2. 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 […]

  3. 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 […]

  4. 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 […]

  5. 06 Jun, 2017

    In the future, design principles won’t be about design

    There’s a tinge of clickbait-slash-unnecessary controversy in this post, but it’s a great analysis of design principles nonetheless. The gist is that design principles should go beyond basic good design practices (“Make it clean and simple!”) and help differentiate organizations and clearly steer them in […]

  6. 02 Jun, 2017

    Josh Clark on The Workshop and the Storefront

    I wrote a post called The Workshop and The Storefront that describes the difference between a design system design/development environment (worksshop) and style guide (storefront). These metaphors was born of the client projects I’ve been fortunate to work on with […]

  7. 02 Jun, 2017

    What Pittsburghers Know About the Environment That Trump Still Needs to Learn

    Pittsburgh is a poster city for how to recover after coal and steel and manufacturing have fucked everything up.  

  8. 02 Jun, 2017

    In Defense of Liking Things

    I absolutely love this article, and I’ve found myself revisiting it in my head over the last few weeks every time I encounter every new thinkpiece about god knows what. There are many very real, very terrible, and very important things […]

  9. 01 Jun, 2017

    Embarking on Learning React

    I love this post from Bruce. It’s an acknowledgement that things change, and in order to help others avoid the mistakes of the past you have to know which tools the industry is presently reaching for. I’m also currently in […]

  10. 01 Jun, 2017

    Design principles

    This post from Jeremy only just now crossed my path, but I love it. My latest talk discusses how important it is to have a shared set of principles that help people understand what they should do (and not do) […]

  11. 31 May, 2017

    Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Deluxe Edition)

    I’ve been listening on repeat to the outtakes, instrumentals, and unfinished tracks from the Sgt. Peppers recording sessions. I absolutely love hearing the rawness of the song ideas come through, and it’s so much fun imagining what conversations they had […]

  12. 16 May, 2017

    The Workshop and the Storefront

    My wife is a jewelry designer. She has a workshop where she spends much her time hammering, soldering, tinkering, shaping, sawing, buffing, polishing, experimenting, and iterating in order to produce gorgeous designs from a slew of shiny metal materials. Her workshop […]

  13. 14 May, 2017

    Design Better Data Tables

    This is a fantastic roundup of data display patterns. In my own work creating design systems with huge organizations, we’ve found providing data tables with plenty of options to be critical to the system’s success. Some of these patterns are […]

  14. 26 Apr, 2017

    Dan Mall on Freelancing

    Here’s a great video of my friend and frequent collaborator Dan Mall sharing a ton of knowledge about what it means to be a freelancer.

  15. 25 Apr, 2017

    Designing for Edge Cases

    This is fun. I’m a big fan of designing for dynamic content, which is why template and page stages of the atomic design methodology are two separate things. It’s critical to address best case scenarios, worst case scenarios, and everything in between. That’s […]

  16. 24 Apr, 2017

    Back to the Cave

    I love it when Frank transcribes his talks into posts. This is a great one because he talks about creativity, drive, community, and more. There’s a lot here, so do yourself a favor and check it out. if I go […]

  17. 21 Apr, 2017

    DesignByTheHive

    I chatted with Inez Hernandez on the DesignByTheHive podcast about all sorts of things.

  18. 19 Apr, 2017

    Template Technology Agnosticism

    I absolutely love Jonathan Snook‘s thoughts here. He discusses how the Mustache templating engine actually gets quite close to tech-agnostic HTML, and that’s a good thing for systems that need to go to a bunch of places. This legibility becomes important for other […]

  19. 13 Apr, 2017

    Managing Technology-Agnostic Design Systems

    Users don’t care that one UI is built by Team A and another is built by Team B. Users don’t care if for one project the team followed a scrum process, while another project followed a kanban process. Users don’t care […]

  20. 11 Apr, 2017

    Josh Clark on The Full Stack Design System

    Josh wrote up some thoughts about the fantastic, previously-shared Full Stack Design System article, which includes a bit where he goes to bat for atomic design. From the original article: Atomic Design will tell you to take some of your […]