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  1. 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 […]

  2. 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).

  3. 13 Feb, 2019

    Time for Happiness

    This article as well as a whole slew of others all seemed to come along at the same time, and they’re all hitting me at a particularly interesting time in my life. I’ve spent the last 6 years grinding really […]

  4. 13 Feb, 2019

    Measuring the Impact of a Design System – Cristiano Rastelli – Medium

    Measuring the Impact of a Design System is a tough topic, as design systems are a bit fuzzy. It’s not as clean cut as a website redesign. This is a fantastic post with some really awesome visualizations that helps put […]

  5. 12 Feb, 2019

    The ineffectiveness of lonely icons

    After more than a year of using her tablet to read Email, my mother had no idea the Gmail application can be used to write an email. Why? Because after more than 12 months of using an application, she still […]

  6. 20 Jan, 2019

    Composing Components

    Good case study for building out a React-powered design system.

  7. 07 Jan, 2019

    Stepping away from Sass

    In this great post, Cathy Dutton explains how she removed Sass from her codebase. Why? She explains how she used to use Sass for layout, variables, and typography, but now native CSS features take care of that for her. I’ll […]

  8. 07 Jan, 2019

    Making Future Interfaces: Algorithmic Layouts

    Well, shit, this was entertaining! Here’s Heydon Pickering with a video explaining how flexbox and CSS Grid can help us make more responsive layouts with less work. While there are a lot of resources out there for learning things like […]

  9. 03 Jan, 2019

    Design Systems Workshop

    I’m super excited to head to Austin, Texas to give a workshop all about creating and maintaining design systems. I’m likely not doing a lot of design systems workshops this year, so don’t miss your chance! You can get tickets […]

  10. 01 Jan, 2019

    The ‘Future Book’ Is Here, but It’s Not What We Expected

    I’ve long been interested in how technology democratizes creation, and I’ve had success creating and self-publishing a book. So this article by Craig Mod rang a lot of bells for me. We were looking for the Future Book in the […]

  11. 06 Dec, 2018

    The State of Web Browsers – Late 2018 edition

    This is a brutally honest, true article about the state of web browsers. It’s unfortunate the author unnecessarily said “went full retard” (a movie reference) because the rest of the post is dead on. The stuff about Firefox rang especially […]

  12. 02 Dec, 2018

    DevTools for Designers

    You know what makes me really freaking excited? All of this stuff. Get designers playing with the real thing. Take the mystery away. Get people updating and nudging in the browser. Screenshot changes, and have the “real” devs implement it. […]

  13. 02 Dec, 2018

    Who Do Designers Really Work For

    we came up with a little thing we tell all our clients before they agree to work with us: “You may be hiring us, and that may be your name on the check, but we do not work for you. […]

  14. 18 Nov, 2018

    bRuCk

    Bruck is a lo-fi prototyping system made with web components. Quickly create and comment on interface layouts. The output is screen reader accessible, and responsive without you having to author breakpoints. Interesting. I haven’t played around with web components enough, so […]

  15. 18 Nov, 2018

    CSS and Network Performance

    This post by Harry does a great job of talking about the performance implications of CSS, and he shares a load of tips for avoiding big performance hits due to CSS. CSS is critical to rendering a page—a browser will […]

  16. 11 Nov, 2018

    Creating atomic components in Figma

    It’s great to see that design tools like Figma and Sketch have improved so designers can practice atomic design within them.

  17. 01 Nov, 2018

    Yes, your startup is ready for a design system

    Rather than starting out by building out buttons and components (a mistake we made early on), focus instead on building flows and working backward from there. It took hundreds of sketches, brainstorming sessions across teams, wireframes, and mockups to arrive at […]

  18. 01 Nov, 2018

    America’s Iron Giants – The World’s Most Powerful Metalworkers

    As a Pittsburgher, I’m naturally interested in giant machines and molten steel. Maybe that’s why I found this video fascinating.

  19. 01 Nov, 2018

    Just Write

    Fantastic advice from Sara. If you don’t have a blog already, make one. Write. Publish. Share. You’ll never know how many doors one small article might open up for you. I 100% agree. And I’ve certainly been in Sara’s position […]

  20. 01 Nov, 2018

    Design ops for design systems

    I meant to post this ages ago, but I really like Jeremy’s take on the overlap between design ops and design systems.