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  1. 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.

  2. 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 […]

  3. 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 […]

  4. 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 […]

  5. 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. […]

  6. 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.

  7. 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 […]

  8. 24 Oct, 2022

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

  9. 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 […]

  10. 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 […]

  11. 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.

  12. 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 […]

  13. 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 […]

  14. 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 […]

  15. 01 Aug, 2022

    A bit of a break

    In September of last year, I dragged my cursor across all of August 2022 in Google Calendar. I gave the calendar entry the title of “Time off?” A year later, I’m actually taking that time off! Which means that for […]

  16. 18 Jul, 2022

    Naming conventions for design systems

    Here’s some good food for thought for naming conventions for various aspects of design systems: Naming conventions for design systems

  17. 11 Jul, 2022

    The Many Faces of Themeable Design Systems

    Very rarely is exactly one design system created to serve exactly one product that expresses exactly one design language. Nearly all the design systems we’ve worked on require a high degree of flexibility in order to properly serve our clients’ […]

  18. 26 Jun, 2022

    Why most design systems implode

    Here’s a nice article by the folks at Storybook that deconstructs my interview with Michael Chan.  The gist of the article is: 🙅‍♂️ Not all engineers are made for design system work 🛠 Design system developers need custom tools 🐌 […]

  19. 15 Jun, 2022

    Lessons on creativity from Everything, Everywhere, All at Once

    This is a great read about the creative process behind my new favorite movie, Everything Everywhere All At Once. Similar to my breakdown of The Beatles’ Get Back documentary, this post analyzes the lessons learned from the creative process that wielded SUCH […]

  20. 02 Jun, 2022

    Threadbare

    This is the third time in the last four years that I’ve been forcibly yanked away from my normal life —both personal and professional — for extended periods of time. My nervous system is threadbare. My bones are exhausted. My […]