Words that would otherwise be coming out of my mouth

  1. 06 Apr, 2017

    Design Systems: Pilots & Scorecards

    My friend and frequent collaborator Dan Mall wrote up a fantastic post about a crucial part of creating design systems: pilot projects. PILOTS ARE ONE OF the best ways to put your design system through its paces, especially before the design […]

  2. 03 Apr, 2017

    Questioning Container Queries

    I think what Paul Robert Lloyd is saying here is interesting, but I’m not sure it adds up to “we don’t need container queries.” His example shows what layouts are possible with grid and flexbox, all of which I think is awesome. […]

  3. 03 Apr, 2017

    The Most Exciting Design Systems Are Boring

    I’ve had the extreme privilege of working with Josh and Dan on many pattern-based websites and design systems. In addition to getting into the weeds with our clients to help design and build the design systems themselves, a big part of our work often […]

  4. 31 Mar, 2017

    Climate Change List

    The wonderful folks down the road from me at Bearded created a gorgeous-looking website that succinctly explains many things you can do as an individual to combat climate change. It’s well designed and has just the right amount of information […]

  5. 29 Mar, 2017

    Style Guide Audience

    In his talk Designing Inspired Style Guides, Andy Clarke discusses the importance of creating digital style guides that go beyond being humble containers for UI assets and instead operate as beautiful vehicles that evoke the essence of the brand. When it comes to the current look of many UI […]

  6. 27 Mar, 2017

    Writing on the web

    I’m in the process of redoing this site with the intention of ramping up what I share and how often I share things. Jeremy is of course a huge inspiration for me, so his post is serving as a fire under […]

  7. 23 Mar, 2017

    Modern JavaScript for Ancient Web Developers

    Gina Trapani wrote a fantastic post about diving into the modern JavaScript world after not paying attention to JavaScript for a long time. While I’m not as skilled as her when it comes to backend development, my background is more in […]

  8. 22 Mar, 2017


    Norwegian skateboarders on frozen sand. Beautiful and surreal.

  9. 22 Mar, 2017

    Developer Tea Interview

    I had a fantastic conversation with Jonathan Cutrell on the Developer Tea podcast. We had such a good conversation the final podcast was chopped into two separate parts.

  10. 20 Mar, 2017

    10 totally amazing design studio dogs

    Ziggy’s been featured in a roundup of amazing studio dogs, and I couldn’t be prouder. Here’s what I have to say: I work from home with my brother and my wife who runs her own business. Ziggy is the glue […]

  11. 19 Mar, 2017

    Cosma Schema

    My friend Andrew Sloan is amazing. Not too long we were at a friend’s wedding and he was talking about how he was creating a fictitious design agency for space companies. He printed some business cards and started chatting with commercial space […]

  12. 19 Mar, 2017

    Zeroing the desk

    I absolutely love this from the brilliant Brendan Dawes: After a recording session on one of those large mixing desks, after you’ve twiddled countless knobs and push around many faders you do something called zeroing the desk. This is were […]

  13. 19 Mar, 2017

    Icons for Change

    These are simple and beautiful.

  14. 19 Mar, 2017

    Paul McCartney Offers a Short Tutorial on How to Play the Bass Guitar

    I absolutely love this clip of Paul McCartney showing how to play the bass part for Ever Present Past. He’s just so casual explaining it all (speaking of casual, it’s weird to see him dressed in a t-shirt). Here’s the things I […]

  15. 19 Mar, 2017

    No Share Buttons on Mobile Sites (Except This One Weird Case)

    Josh wrote about social buttons, and I agree. I always had a hunch that social buttons weren’t super effective, and when asked for my opinion, I’d say that I thought they’re crufty, probably don’t get interacted with all that much, and don’t […]

  16. 19 Mar, 2017

    Surviving the New MacBook Pro

    I got the new MacBook Pro (13″, fully maxed-out version) several months ago. My older MacBook Pro was (and is!) in good working order, but when I hired my brother last year he ended up using my ancient MacBook Air. Every […]

  17. 15 Mar, 2017

    Messaging Hell

    This graphic from xkcd is brilliant (as is always the case). “Every mobile app attempts to expand until it includes chat.” Luke Wroblewski Luke wrote that in 2013 and it certainly continues to ring true today. The explosion of applications […]

  18. 14 Mar, 2017

    Terminal Training

    “Command line for non-techies.” Yes please. Remy Sharp just released a series for learning the command line. As someone who’s limped through terminal commands for most of my career, this looks like a fantastic opportunity to level up and get […]

  19. 13 Mar, 2017

    Abstract: The Art of Design

    PSA: this series on Netflix is really good. Each episode highlights a designer in a particular field (illustration, architecture, set design, etc). The subject talks about their work, their process, and their journey, and the whole thing is incredibly well produced. I […]

  20. 10 Mar, 2017

    Time to Learn Grid

    Dust of Firefox. Fire up Rachel Andrew‘s grid demo to see this: Install browser update. Reload to see this: Neat! Well, guess it’s time to really learn grid. I’ve been in so many of Rachel Andrew’s and Jen Simmon‘s conference talks, […]