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  1. 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 […]

  2. 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 […]

  3. 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 […]

  4. 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 […]

  5. 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 […]

  6. 26 Jan, 2020

    Why We Use Web Components

    If I would have to list the main reasons why Web Components work so greatly for Duet Design System, it would be these four things: Tech-Agnostic Instead Of Tech-Specific In order to create modular interfaces, a design system needs to be […]

  7. 22 Jan, 2020

    Musicroll

    Last night I had the pleasure of welcoming Ben Callahan and Rob Harr from Sparkbox over to my office/studio to hang out, talk shop, and play a little music. Ian and Melissa joined us and we had some fun jamming […]

  8. 16 Jan, 2020

    Design System Checklist

    An open-source checklist to help you plan, build and grow your design system. Source: Design System Checklist

  9. 15 Jan, 2020

    Goodbye, Clean Code

    Good read about letting “clean code” go. As the years go by, I increasingly err on the side of legibility over cleanliness. Sure, things could likely be tightened up, but does it really matter? If the code works, then there’s […]

  10. 14 Jan, 2020

    Avoiding burnout as an ambitious developer – Stack Overflow Blog

    When I graduated college and started my first full-time job in NYC, I was all in. It’s a pretty common occurrence, especially in smaller companies: a junior dev thrown into the deep end, they flounder a bit, they learn a […]

  11. 14 Jan, 2020

    How Dotdash, formerly About.com, is taking over the internet

    We had a blast working with Dotdash (formerly About dot com), and it’s awesome to see the design system foundation we helped them establish translate into major success, as written up by Fast Company. Maybe you’ve never even heard of Dotdash, […]

  12. 13 Jan, 2020

    Overcomplicatin’

    Here are a few random stories from my last couple weeks of work. We have a datepicker field that has a calendar SVG icon sitting on top of the field. There was an issue where clicking the icon wasn’t triggering […]

  13. 12 Jan, 2020

    How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation

    This article is a year old, but I just finished up reading a newly-released audio book (or is it a podcast? or chaptered interview series? I dunno.) where the author interviews a number of people who have experienced the kind […]

  14. 11 Jan, 2020

    3s and 7s by Queens of the Stone Age on Drums

    I’m kicking off the new year trying to continue making things like I was attempting to do all of December. While I didn’t make something every day in December, but I made a lot of headway on projects and made […]

  15. 03 Jan, 2020

    It’s 2020 and you’re in the future — Wait But Why

    Wild post about relative time. Great data visualization too. Source: https://waitbutwhy.com/2020/01/its-2020-and-youre-in-the-future.html

  16. 31 Dec, 2019

    2019

    2019 was thankfully lot different than last year. This time last year I was in the neuro ICU with my dad as he came out of a coma and was fighting off spinal meningitis. I’m so incredibly thankful he’s made […]

  17. 30 Dec, 2019

    What a Year of Learning and Teaching Accessibility Taught Me – 24 Accessibility

    Accessibility isn’t easy. And often times it is downright hard. But that comes with the territory. Designing for humans is hard. And accessibility is, at the end of the day, all about and all for humans. We may not get […]

  18. 30 Dec, 2019

    Cookies and a year of learning a new skill – lynnandtonic.com

    Cookie decorating is a decent developer experience vs. user experience analogy. Lots of people were surprised when my cookies tasted good. They’d say, “Pretty sugar cookies never taste good.” It makes sense to me now: almost every technique I found […]

  19. 28 Dec, 2019

    Making Things in December #19: Bad Girls by M.I.A. Drums

    For day 19 of making something every day in December, I recorded myself playing drums along to Bad Girls by M.I.A. I really like playing drums along to other music, and Bad Girls by M.I.A. has long been a favorite […]

  20. 23 Dec, 2019

    This is How a Society Dies

    This article is a fucking punch in the gut. It perfectly encapsulates my fears about American society. Literally nobody on planet earth wants worse lives excepts us. We’re the only people on earth who thwart our own social progress, over and over […]