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  1. 27 Jan, 2023

    You Will Never Be A Full Stack Developer | Seldo.com

    You can’t learn the whole stack. Nobody can. Maybe it was possible in 1990, the day after the web was invented, but I’m not even sure about that. The stack grows and shifts and evolves every day. Very much agree […]

  2. 06 Jan, 2023

    2022

    A pattern is emerging: even years are nightmare years. 2018 was a nightmare year. 2020 was a real fucking nightmare year. And now 2022 was a nightmare year. 2022 was a year of death, organizing chaos, once again putting our […]

  3. 14 Dec, 2022

    Does Your Product Actually Need Dark Mode?

    Here’s a fantastic article that digs into whether or not digital products need dark mode or not. In my design system consulting work, it’s a topic that comes up a lot, and I always find myself asking follow-up questions to […]

  4. 14 Dec, 2022

    Buttons and the Baader–Meinhof phenomenon – Manuel Matuzović

    Great, succinct article about making button labels accessible.

  5. 08 Dec, 2022

    Video Interview Series #11: Accessibility and Inclusive Design Systems, with Brad Frost – Skip To Content

    I had a great time on the Skip To Content podcast chatting about how design systems are great vehicles for delivering more accessible experiences to users. Check it out:

  6. 08 Dec, 2022

    A year of new avenues

    A year of new avenues is a great, inspiring read. I want to insist on an ama­teur internet; a garage internet; a pub­lic library internet; a kitchen ta­ble inter­net. At last, in 2023, I want to tell the tech CEOs and ven­ture […]

  7. 05 Dec, 2022

    Building conscious design systems

    Building conscious design systems by Amy Hupe is a very, very good read. You should read it all.

  8. 02 Dec, 2022

    Component testing in Storybook

    “Writing your component UI tests in Jest can feel a little like stabbing at your components with a blindfold on.”- Michael Chan This nails it. I used to think my stumbling over testing design system component libraries was a personal […]

  9. 22 Nov, 2022

    Wah Wah Watson with Herbie Hancock 1976 (live video) – Hang Up Your Hang Ups

    This is so badass. The control the band exhibits is absolutely incredible. It feels super organic, groovy, and even jammy, but it’s all totally locked in. When you feel like they’re just jamming over a groove, all of a sudden […]

  10. 18 Nov, 2022

    Performant Mental Health

    I was talking to my friend Cameron Moll, and he discussed a series of articles about mental health that he, his wife, and a mental health nurse practitioner wrote. There’s some really fantastic information and advice in there, and I […]

  11. 17 Nov, 2022

    Layout & Grid in Design Systems

    Simply saying the word “grid” conjures up strong and confusing feelings. Kinda like puberty! With so much history and so many different (and sometimes competing) paradigms, it’s no wonder conversations around layout and grid are so fraught, confusing, and contentious. […]

  12. 01 Nov, 2022

    Design System ROI Calculator

    This Design System ROI Calculator by Knapsack is fun. It’s often tough to quantify the benefits a design system provides, so things like this are helpful even as a conversation starter.

  13. 24 Oct, 2022

    The Component Gallery

    The Component Gallery is a collection of interface components from real-world design systems. I created it to help with some of the problems that I experience every day as a front-end developer: Some interface problems have already been solved: there’s no need […]

  14. 24 Oct, 2022

    Atomic design and the future of design systems with Brad Frost – PodRocket

  15. 21 Oct, 2022

    Let’s talk about web components

    Web components! They’re currently at the vanguard of web development and are a reliable source of hot drama in the community. We’ve built a number of web component-powered design systems with Fortune 500 companies over the last 4 years, and […]

  16. 20 Oct, 2022

    Why We’re Breaking Up with CSS-in-JS

    Now here’s an interesting article: Why We’re Breaking Up with CSS-in-JS.  I took to Twitter to spew out some thoughts, so I thought I’d capture them here. I’m fortunate in that I get to duck my head into a lot […]

  17. 18 Sep, 2022

    Design Systems For Figma

    A collection of Design Systems for Figma from all over the globe 🌎 Extremely useful. I will no doubt be referring to Design Systems For Figma on the regular.

  18. 12 Sep, 2022

    The Arrogance of the Anthropocene

    The Arrogance of the Anthropocene really paints the picture of how insignificant human existence is on a geological scale. Despite the author painting a pretty wild picture of how much of a blip we all are, he makes it clear […]

  19. 12 Sep, 2022

    Component testing in Storybook with play functions

    Here’s my man Chantastic with a great video summarizing how to write interactive tests with Storybook. Unit testing has always been a bit of a rough spot in our workflow and seemed duplicative or off to the side of the […]

  20. 06 Sep, 2022

    Back at it

    For the first time in my career, I took a relatively extended break from work. I’m just now returning after 6 weeks of being away, so I wanted to share some reflections from my time off. Here’s what I said […]