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  1. 15 Dec, 2019

    Group Chat, Group Stress

    This is the in-depth teardown of group chat that I’ve been missing in my life. It details all the reasons I don’t fully love Slack. I’m going to share this with my team — on Slack — to see how […]

  2. 15 Dec, 2019

    Do I need a custom Select?

    No

  3. 15 Dec, 2019

    Why is Not an Accordion

    Preach, Dave. At the risk of being a broken record; HTML really needs , , , , and elements. Not more “low-level primitives” but good ol’ fashioned, difficult-to-get-consensus-on elements. A new set of accessible controls for a modern era… except […]

  4. 14 Dec, 2019

    Making things in December #12: Making progress on a song

    For day 12 of making something every day in December, I made some progress on a song. Here are the results: This is a song that I’ve had around for a long while now, and while going through some stuff […]

  5. 14 Dec, 2019

    Making things in December #11: Lunchtime jam with Ian

    For day 11 of making something every day in December, I recorded another lunchtime jam with Ian. I realize I’m one day behind in my posting (cross-country travel throws a wrench into lots of things), so hopefully I’ll be able […]

  6. 11 Dec, 2019

    Making things in December #10: Coffee doodle

    For day 10 of making something every day in December, I doodled on a Starbucks cup. Nothing special, just flying back from San Francisco and don’t really have access to much else en route. making things in december timeline: Day […]

  7. 09 Dec, 2019

    Level of Effort

    I’m always amazed by the level of effort involved in web design/development. Adding a simple button to a UI can translate to weeks or even months of work. Behind every little bit of UI is a giant iceberg of technology […]

  8. 09 Dec, 2019

    Making things in December #8: O, Christmas Tree

    For day 7 of making something every day in December, I decorated a Christmas tree! That totally counts. Making things in December timeline: Day 1: recorded new song Day 2: wrote blog post called Music and Web Design Day 3: assembled […]

  9. 09 Dec, 2019

    Subtract | Derek Sivers

    The least successful people I know run in conflicting directions, are drawn to distractions, say yes to almost everything, and are chained to emotional obstacles. The most successful people I know have a narrow focus, protect themselves against time-wasters, say […]

  10. 09 Dec, 2019

    Blocks UI

    A JSX-based page builder for creating beautiful websites without writing code. Blocks comes with built-in components that are carefully designed and implemented with Theme UI. This looks like a step in the right direction for working with code. Some things I’d […]

  11. 09 Dec, 2019

    Basecamp’s chat sucks

    This post speaks to me. My argument is Slack is ruining the culture of a remote, distributed, calmup. One could put rules. People should only use Slack for chat-ops, notifications, and emergencies. Would that help? Would it help people avoid […]

  12. 07 Dec, 2019

    Making Things in December #7: Funky Border Animation Codepen

    For day 7 of making something every day in December, I made a Codepen of a little funky border animation concept I’ve been thinking about: See the Pen dyPYwdj by Brad Frost (@bradfrost) on CodePen. I’ll admit that it’s not […]

  13. 06 Dec, 2019

    Doing It Right

    I’ve been spending a lot of time getting things right. Like, really right. One thing about working on giant design systems is that every minor shortcut, every assumption, every “that should probably do it” gets blown to smithereens in the […]

  14. 06 Dec, 2019

    Making things in December #5: jamming with Ian

    For day 4 of making something every day in December, I recorded a jam with Ian. This is a pretty typical lunchtime session for us: just a couple minutes between lunch and work to plunk around. Nothing fancy, but lots of […]

  15. 05 Dec, 2019

    Making things in December #4: Animated atom SVG

    For day 4 of making something every day in December, I made an animated atom SVG on Codepen: See the Pen Animated atom SVG by Brad Frost (@bradfrost) on CodePen. I was feeling pretty tired last night so figured I’d […]

  16. 04 Dec, 2019

    Making things in December #3: Assembling a Jeweler’s Bench and Bonus Track

    For day 3 of making something every day in December, I assembled a jeweler’s bench for my wife, who runs a jewelry studio called Frost Finery. She’s moving out of current Frost Finery headquarters (in our basement) and getting a […]

  17. 03 Dec, 2019

    What is a quick fix? – Miscelanea

    Quick fixes usually get prioritized higher than bigger issues because they promise accomplishment, satisfaction, and the idea of incremental progress. But once you factor in the communication and collaboration tax–which varies across organizations–tackling the big stuff might not end up […]

  18. 02 Dec, 2019

    Music and Web Design

    There are a lot of parallels between music and web design/development. Here’s how I see it: Art and science Call it the difference between Type A vs Type B personalities. Or Right brain vs left brain. Or whatever other split […]

  19. 02 Dec, 2019

    Making Things in December #1: New Song

    For my first day of making something every day in December, I recorded a song. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out! A few notes and observations: I picked up on a guitar riff that my wife Melissa was […]

  20. 01 Dec, 2019

    Making Things in December

    So I landed in a rut. Creatively speaking, at least. I realized I’ve been generally feeling pretty uninspired lately and have also been getting worked up over some pretty inconsequential things. Obviously this isn’t a good place to be. I […]