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  1. 20 May, 2020

    The Isolation Station with Brad Frost

    I got to share my quarantine playlist on The Isolation Station, and gave a bit of context behind some of the picks in my interview.

  2. 18 May, 2020

    The story behind that photo of the Pinto in front of the Mt. St. Helens

    Being that Mt. St. Helens blew before I was born, I had never seen this photo. It’s wild, and the story behind it is even wilder! Source: The story behind that photo of the Pinto in front of the Mt. […]

  3. 05 May, 2020

    Miscounted – Kate Daly – Medium

    I have been sick with the symptoms of COVID-19 since March 11, 2020. Yet as far as I know, I’m not one of the red numbers you see on the news. I don’t know if I’m among the cases making […]

  4. 04 May, 2020

    Design System Interview Questions

    Successful design systems are finely tuned to the organization they serve. At the beginning of every client design system engagement, we spend a great deal of time learning about our client’s culture, politics, products, tools, and workflows. Sure, we’ll get […]

  5. 27 Apr, 2020

    Brad Frost and Evan Lovely: Code is the Source of Truth

    I had a great time chatting with Evan Lovely and Chris Strahl about treating code as the source of truth for design systems amongst other topics.

  6. 23 Apr, 2020

    Low-Challenge, High-Skill Tasks in Terrible Times

    This is really good stuff from Dave exploring work, mental health, and productivity in these surreal times. Depending on your situation, work still needs to happen… but it’s going to look different. Your core needs are different. Don’t feel pressure […]

  7. 17 Apr, 2020

    The Weirdly Enduring Appeal of Weird Al Yankovic

    I’ve been listening to Weird Al Yankovic my entre lif, and spent a good part of my childhood trying to make parody music like his. So this deep dive into Weird Al’s life and music was supremely entertaining for me. […]

  8. 13 Apr, 2020

    BEM Naming Cheat Sheet by 9elements

    This guide to BEM naming conventions is really great, and closely follows how we tend to write styles. Really cool site design too! Source: BEM Naming Cheat Sheet by 9elements

  9. 27 Mar, 2020

    Hobbies for the hell of it

    I like playing music a lot. I love it, in fact. Playing music gives me an enormous amount of physical, mental, and spiritual satisfaction. I’m fortunate in that I get play music in some capacity every day, often starting my […]

  10. 25 Mar, 2020

    Web Components & Stencil.js – Build Custom HTML Elements

    I am thoroughly enjoying this Web Components & Stencil.js course by Maximilian Schwarzmüller. Really clear, enthusiastic instruction and great real-world examples. I’d highly recommend taking this if you want to get your head around web components.

  11. 23 Mar, 2020

    Scattered Coronavirus Thoughts

    I’m still processing this pandemic as I putter around my house and deep clean my kitchen. I’m pretty far away from being able to form fully coherent thoughts, so here’s some scattered thoughts that keep popping into my brain: For […]

  12. 19 Mar, 2020

    Strange and Surreal Times

    These are strange, surreal times. I hope everyone’s staying as healthy and safe as they can be out there. It’s really difficult to process the gravity of the coronavirus outbreak, especially since the situation keeps changing by the day (or […]

  13. 09 Mar, 2020

    Sass !default and themeable design systems

    I’m working on a couple themeable design systems right now, and we’re architecting components to offer a white list of themeable CSS properties, so each brand can define their design language using design tokens and then pipe those through into […]

  14. 08 Mar, 2020

    #158 The Case of the Missing Hit | Reply All

    A man in California is haunted by the memory of a pop song from his youth. He can remember the lyrics and the melody. But the song itself has vanished, completely scrubbed from the internet. PJ takes on the Super […]

  15. 02 Mar, 2020

    Rolling Code Standards

    Well-documented code guidelines and standards are absolutely critical for creating consistent, cohesive code together. Especially in the context of creating a design system’s component library, it’s crucial to establish consistent API and code conventions to create an excellent user developers’ […]

  16. 14 Feb, 2020

    Deep Work Update #3

    I just got a fantastic year-in-review breakdown from RescueTime that showed how I spent my (screen) time in 2019. It gave me some really insightful and beautiful data visualizations like this: Aside from the depressing realization that 30% of my […]

  17. 05 Feb, 2020

    Design Systems with Brad Frost – The State of the Web

    I had the pleasure of popping by Google’s NYC office to chat with Rick Viscomi of Google Chrome Developer’s State of the Web series about design systems, atomic design, designer/developer collaboration, and a bunch of other topics. One of my […]

  18. 05 Feb, 2020

    Switching to Firefox

    I switched my default browser on both desktop and mobile to Firefox. It was incredibly painless to do and literally haven’t noticed anything different besides the UI. Reasons My reasons for switching? I’m not entirely sure to be honest. While […]

  19. 04 Feb, 2020

    Design Systems, Agile, and Industrialization

    Hoo boy, a blog post rebounding a blog post which rebounds a blog post. Let me jump on this train! Jeremy Keith clearly articulates a concern about design systems I often hear from many designers: In that light, design systems […]

  20. 26 Jan, 2020

    The Burnout List

    A disease of abundance requires abstinence, not antidotes. Frank rounds up a collection of reasons that he burnt out. As I come to grips with my own burnout, I’m finding others’ stories and output to be tremendously beneficial. I see […]