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  1. 22 Jul, 2019

    Design tools are holding us back

    This post by Tom Johnson gives a fantastic overview of the limitations of static design tools and design/dev handoff tools. The author breaks down the various ways static design tools are detached from the reality of how things truly play […]

  2. 20 Jul, 2019

    Yep, JavaScript Moves Fast. Build Your Component Library Anyway.

    This post touches on something really important: “What if we create a component library in React/Vue/Angular/whatever and a new component technology replaces it?” That’s not a question of if. It’s a question of when. I play out this scenario with […]

  3. 09 Jul, 2019

    Seeing the Pages For the Components | adjacent

    Fantastic post by Dan Rose about the importance of flow and cohesion for effective web design. In this component-driven world flow and cohesion often take a backseat to modularity. I was fortunate enough to watch Dan at Smashing Conf demonstrate […]

  4. 09 Jul, 2019

    Tracking Polaris – Shopify UX

    This is a great read about how the Shopify team designed and grew their design system over the last two years. Note the focus on culture building, communication, and curation. Great stuff! Read: Tracking Polaris – Shopify UX

  5. 02 Jul, 2019

    Your Undivided Attention Podcast

    Just devoured the Your Undivided Attention podcast by The Center for Humane Technology. Incredibly smart conversations about important topics in technology. Highly recommend checking it out.

  6. 02 Jul, 2019

    Why Did I Have Difficulty Learning React?

    I’m glad I’m not the only one. A longtime hero of mine in this field, Jonathan Snook, shares his struggles  learning React. He highlights a few reasons why he struggled to get his head around it: For me, I think […]

  7. 29 Jun, 2019

    Learning Synths

    Super fun little thing that teaches you the basic vocabulary of synthesizers (and sound in general). Learning Synths

  8. 21 Jun, 2019

    Relearn CSS layout: Every Layout

    If you find yourself wrestling with CSS layout, it’s likely you’re making decisions for browsers they should be making themselves. Through a series of simple, composable layouts, Every Layout will teach you how to better harness the built-in algorithms that power browsers and CSS. […]

  9. 14 Jun, 2019

    Building the most inaccessible site possible with a perfect Lighthouse score

    This post flips the topic of accessibility best practices on its head and demonstrates how to exclude everyone, even while still scoring perfectly on accessibility tools. The moral of the story: automated accessibility tools can help but shouldn’t be the […]

  10. 11 Jun, 2019

    Rethinking designer-developer collaboration

    My design partner in crime Dan Mall and I were interviewed on the Design Better podcast about breaking down barriers between designers and developers. Give ‘er a listen here.

  11. 12 Apr, 2019

    Split

    I think this post and The Great Divide are two of the most important reads about the state of frontend web development right now.

  12. 11 Apr, 2019

    Analytics.gov

    A site showing how many people on US government websites right now, as well as loads of other data. So cool.

  13. 11 Apr, 2019

    Some Unsolicited Blogging Advice

    Some great advice from Dave about blogging. If you have any idea at all, start a draft. 100% yes. I currently have 141 drafts sitting here in WordPress, and have a bunch more in my head that I want to […]

  14. 05 Apr, 2019

    The realities of Deep Work: What happened when designer and author Brad Frost scheduled every minute of his day

    The folks over at RescueTime interviewed me about my decision to schedule every minute of my day. I’ve really benefitted from establishing some rigor to my schedule. Here’s what I have to say a few months in: “After playing it […]

  15. 03 Apr, 2019

    Future Ethics with Cennydd Bowles at SustainableUX

    I’ve written about Cennydd’s amazing Future Ethics book, and this talk is a great intro to the contents of the book. Highly recommended viewing/reading.

  16. 03 Apr, 2019

    Dev perception

    When we’re evaluating technologies for appropriateness, I hope that we will do so through the lens of what’s best for users, not what we feel compelled to use based on a gnawing sense of irrelevancy driven by the perceived popularity […]

  17. 31 Mar, 2019

    CVS Receipt Codepen

    This extra-long CVS receipt Codepen makes me incredibly happy since my high school job was working at CVS.

  18. 31 Mar, 2019

    Input Type Sandbox

    Cool little utility from Aaron Ladlage that creates solid form patterns using native HTML5 controls and attributes.

  19. 10 Mar, 2019

    Best practices: components, styles, and shared libraries

    While I still have plenty of doubts of having to maintain a 1:1 static version of a design system, this rundown of how to create a component library in Figma is a great walkthrough if that’s the path you’re going […]

  20. 16 Feb, 2019

    Application Holotypes: A Guide to Architecture Decisions

    I love this classification of different kinds of web applications. It takes a more nuanced view of “sites vs apps”. I’d love to see this turned into a full-blown site with additional holotypes (airline, hotel chain, etc).