Words that would otherwise be coming out of my mouth

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  1. 14 Mar, 2023

    I am an artist.

    Once upon a time, I had the word “artist” in my bio. Somewhere along the line, I removed it. Maybe it was because I was preoccupied with what I do for money. Maybe it was because I’m not a professional […]

  2. 13 Mar, 2023

    Redefining Developer Experience

    developer experience needs to pivot from a concept centered on feeling fast and living on the bleeding edge to one based on the enabling of developers to deliver reliable and first rate end user experiences — for as many users […]

  3. 12 Mar, 2023

    Why You Should Stop Reading News

    While there’s nothing particularly revolutionary here, Why You Should Stop Reading News shares an important message that needs to be repeated often.

  4. 11 Mar, 2023

    Neurodiversity Design System

    Neurodiversity Design System articulates some good design best practices to make information accessible to more people. Like most things accessibility related, these are design considerations that make an experience better for everybody, not just those with disabilities.

  5. 11 Mar, 2023

    Metafoundry 75: Resilience, Abundance, Decentralization

    Mitigating climate change is often framed as requiring money, effort, and sacrifice to keep something bad from happening, usually to other people. But we finally have the tools we need to create something new and better—to transform our technological and […]

  6. 08 Mar, 2023

    Some tools to help me focus

    I’m terrible at focusing. I flit around from task to task like a goddamn hummingbird, never stopping too long on one thing to make too much progress. Flow state? More like “no state”, amirite? I’ve got many legitimate things contributing […]

  7. 05 Mar, 2023

    Clever Code Considered Harmful

    Clever Code Considered Harmful is a great read. When it comes to day-to-day production code, here’s the barometer I like to use: will a junior developer, someone at the very start of their career, struggle to understand this code? In […]

  8. 02 Mar, 2023

    The design system mindset

    There’s so much truth to this tweet by Masato: At face value, design system jobs look quite similar to other design/development jobs; designers use design tools to design stuff and developers use front-end code to build stuff. Design systems work […]

  9. 28 Feb, 2023

    Thoughts about mental health

    The mental health and vision analogy Stigma The mind/body connection Support Therapy Meditation and mindfulness Medication Psychedelics The big picture Resources Note: I am not a mental health professional, so take all of this with a grain of salt. Please […]

  10. 27 Feb, 2023

    Scribble Diffusion

    Scribble Diffusion is wild. Out of curiosity, I asked it to design a webpage: Wild.

  11. 23 Feb, 2023

    Amateur – Lasse Gjertsen

    For whatever reason, this video just crashed into my memory like a meteorite. I remember likely landing on this video via Stumble Upon (!!!), and I remember showing it to everyone. It was incredibly influential for me as it combined […]

  12. 21 Feb, 2023

    Design systems in the time of AI

    It’s been absolutely wild to witness the rise of the new crop of AI tools. This moment feels equally exciting and terrifying, but given humans’ track record of driving promising technologies off the rails, I’m erring on the side of […]

  13. 17 Feb, 2023

    Thanks, An Event Apart

    Late last year, our friends at An Event Apart brought down the curtain of running conferences after an impressive 17-year run. It’s difficult to articulate exactly how An Event Apart changed the trajectory of my life, but it did in […]

  14. 16 Feb, 2023

    The case for Flex applications – daverupert.com

    This is fantastic. Great work, Dave. Source: The case for Flex applications – daverupert.com

  15. 15 Feb, 2023

    Testing Components in Storybook in 2023

    Testing design system component libraries is critically important, but has historically been a pain in the butt to implement. That’s why I’m thrilled my brilliant colleague wrote Testing Components in Storybook in 2023, which details how to lean into Storybook’s testing […]

  16. 14 Feb, 2023

    The (extremely) loud minority | Andy Bell

    Here’s Andy Bell with a post called the (extremely) loud minority.  Always remember that although a subset of the JavaScript community can be very loud, they represent a paltry portion of the web as a whole. This means that when they say something like “Best practices […]

  17. 13 Feb, 2023

    You kinda want an orange favicon. – Chris Coyier

    If you want a colored, shaped favicon, you need a color that works on dark and light equally well. Like orange! You kinda want an orange favicon. – Chris Coyier Can’t say I disagree with this one!

  18. 01 Feb, 2023

    Modern Health, frameworks, performance, and harm – Eric Bailey

    This is a great read from Eric Bailey, reminding us that the technology decisions we make truly can make the difference between people getting the healthcare they need or not. In some cases, it can even be a matter of […]

  19. 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 […]

  20. 06 Jan, 2023


    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 […]