Words that would otherwise be coming out of my mouth

  1. 08 Aug, 2017

    What is Technology Doing to Us?

    I re-listened to this podcast episode after seeing that Tristan’s Ted talk was just released. The podcast episode goes a whole lot deeper than the talk, and I think the subjects discussed are critical for any digital designer working in […]

  2. 31 Jul, 2017

    Pattern Variations

    At the heart of a good design system is a set of solid, flexible components that can be arranged to create cohesive, delightful user interfaces. There’s an oft-repeated misconception that pattern-driven design and development forces teams to use a finite, […]

  3. 26 Jul, 2017

    I Don’t Know How To Explain To You That You Should Care About Other People

    This article reenters to my consciousness almost daily. I can’t debate someone into caring about what happens to their fellow human beings. The fact that such detached cruelty is so normalized in a certain party’s political discourse is at once […]

  4. 23 Jul, 2017

    2 Frontend Designers. 12 Days. 1 Website. How We Did It

    Ian wrote about our experience launching a site for Brian Forde’s congressional campaign. One of the reasons we took the project on was that I thought it would be good for Ian to get a dose of how fast-paced the […]

  5. 21 Jul, 2017

    Launching a Campaign Website…Quickly

    I had the opportunity to make a website for Brian Forde, who is running for Congress in Orange County, California. Brian got in touch after reading my Designing an Effective Donation Form blog post, and wanted to bring that thinking to […]

  6. 19 Jul, 2017

    Design Systems and Creativity: Unlikely Allies

    I had the great pleasure of chatting with  my pal Sophie Shepherd and Aquent Gymnasium’s‘s Jeremy Osborn about all things design systems. As the title suggests, we ended up talking quite a bit about a common gripe about pattern-based design and […]

  7. 09 Jul, 2017

    Empathy Prompts

    This is a fantastic site that helps designers consider users who experience our creations in much different ways. It rounds up a lot of helpful tools and techniques to help you design more thoughtful, empathetic, and accessible experiences.

  8. 07 Jul, 2017

    YEAH BOIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

    Incredible. Via Dave

  9. 05 Jul, 2017

    Is it really safe to start using CSS Grid Layout?

    “it isn’t your fault, but it is your problem” That’s a brilliant line, and as Rachel points out in this great post on using CSS grid layout, that line can be used for a whole host of things.

  10. 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 […]

  11. 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 […]

  12. 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 […]

  13. 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 […]

  14. 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 […]

  15. 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 […]

  16. 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.  

  17. 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 […]

  18. 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 […]

  19. 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) […]

  20. 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 […]