Words that would otherwise be coming out of my mouth

  1. 15 May, 2018

    txt.fyi

    This is the dumbest publishing platform on the web. Write something, hit publish, and it’s live. There’s no tracking, ad-tech, webfonts, analytics, javascript, cookies, databases, user accounts, comments, friending, likes, follower counts or other quantifiers of social capital. The only practical […]

  2. 09 May, 2018

    A response “my Struggle to learn react” – andrewingram – Medium

    Here’s a great response to my My struggle to learn React post from Andrew Ingram. He addresses each point one by one, which I find to be really helpful. Source: A response “my Struggle to learn react” – andrewingram – […]

  3. 09 May, 2018

    My struggle to learn React

    I’m going to be honest: I’ve had a hell of a time getting my head around React. More than any other technology I’ve touched over the last 10 years of my career, I just haven’t had it click for me. […]

  4. 08 May, 2018

    Design Systems

    Here’s Jeremy with some wise words about design systems. The generally-accepted definition of a design system is that it’s the outer circle—it encompasses pattern libraries, style guides, and any other artefacts. But there’s something more. Just because you have a […]

  5. 06 May, 2018

    What’s wrong with CSS-in-JS?

    I have yet to dive deep into CSS-in-JS, but I’ll admit I’m skeptical. This podcast by Chris Ferdinandi lays out a lot of the reasons why I’m a bit apprehensive. Three other observations I’ve noticed as I encounter CSS-in-JS in […]

  6. 29 Apr, 2018

    Name That Script

    Fantastic talk slides from Trent about third-party scripts’ implications on performance. I wish I could have seen the talk in person.

  7. 23 Apr, 2018

    Who actually uses atomic design?

    A few people have gotten in touch with witty comments like “Care to comment?” It’s always fun to see people get caught up in labels and nomenclature, but ultimately I think the mental model continues to be helpful (for me […]

  8. 23 Apr, 2018

    Grid To Flex

    From Una: CSS grid is AMAZING! However, if you need to support users of IE11 and below, or Edge 15 and below, grid won’t really work as you expect (more info here). This site is a solution for you so you […]

  9. 23 Apr, 2018

    Design systems will only work if we improve the way we work together

    I really appreciate Alex Lillo taking the time to write up this review of my workshop I conducted in London last week. We need teams that have enough understanding and empathy for each others’ work, that value working together instead […]

  10. 16 Apr, 2018

    Scroll to the Future

    Everything you always wanted to know about implementing scrolling but were afraid to ask. We have scrolled to the bottom of modern web specifications to take you on a whirlwind tour of latest CSS and JavaScript features that make navigating around a single page smooth, beautiful and less resource-hungry. This is a […]

  11. 12 Apr, 2018

    Pitfalls of Card UIs

    Card grids are definitely a common pattern in almost all my projects, and I’ve run into all of the pitfalls Dave lays out. I’ve been thinking a lot about this post ever since I read it, and I feel I […]

  12. 12 Apr, 2018

    Productivity

    Finally, to repeat one more time: productivity in the wrong direction isn’t worth anything at all.  Think more about what to work on.

  13. 09 Apr, 2018

    In Defense of Breaking the Law

    The inimitable Ethan Marcotte recently wrote an article about the dangers of advising people to pursue certain actions/techniques even if they don’t have permission from their bosses or stakeholders. I’ve noticed a rhetorical trope in our industry. It’s not, like, widespread, […]

  14. 02 Apr, 2018

    Creating Themeable Design Systems

    TL;DR: Design systems + CSS Zen Garden = Awesome. Is it possible to create a single design system that powers wildly different-looking brands and experiences? The answer is yes! But why would you want to? Different audiences and contexts – […]

  15. 29 Mar, 2018

    Dealing with Site Headers in Design Systems

    98% of the time I’m all about component reuse. Make components content and context agnostic, make them flexible and versatile, and make them extensible. That’s all great stuff. The big exception for me is a site header (or global header, […]

  16. 27 Mar, 2018

    The Evolution of Tools

    I love how Jon Gold’s brain works. He expresses the desire to have more systematic designs, but the process of actually making that happen is tedious and manual. But what if we could systematize the way we observe and reason […]

  17. 25 Mar, 2018

    The Missing Building Blocks of the Web

    I love this post from Anil Dash, especially the bits about people having their own websites. There are no technical barriers for why we couldn’t share our photos to our own sites instead of to Instagram, or why we couldn’t […]

  18. 22 Mar, 2018

    Breaking down design systems to atomic elements (w/ Brad Frost, Atomic Design)

    I had a great time chatting with Sagi and David about a number of topics on the Hacking UI podcast. Give it a listen!

  19. 01 Mar, 2018

    New, new, new TechCrunch

    TechCrunch announced they’re redesigning their site, which marks an end of an era at a personal level. Five years ago, myself, Josh Clark, Dan Mall, Jennifer Brook, Kristina Franz, and Jonathan Stark redesigned TechCrunch to be modern and responsive (which […]

  20. 12 Feb, 2018

    Your Sketch library is not a design system redux

    I wrote a post where I talk about how a set of components living inside static design tools like Sketch isn’t itself a design system. Pardon my clickbait. Perhaps a better title would have been “Your Sketch library is not a(n […]