Posts Tagged ‘conference’

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  1. 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 […]

  2. 18 Jun, 2019

    The Technical Side of Design Systems at CSS Day in Amsterdam

    I had a fantastic time traveling to Amsterdam to speak at CSS Day (I was part of the + UI Special day). It was an absolutely phenomenal event and I learned a ton from all the amazing speakers. In my […]

  3. 09 Jan, 2017

    Frost Bytes

    The fine folks at An Event Apart interviewed me about my design career, Atomic Design, and what I’m talking about at An Event Apart this year. Here’s a taste: I’ve been fascinated with how teams work together (or don’t work together!). […]

  4. 30 Aug, 2016

    Clarity Conf Video Online

    I kicked off the amazing Clarity Conf, a conference dedicated to style guides and design systems, earlier this year and they just posted the video of my talk. Enjoy. Or don’t. Whatever.

  5. 05 Apr, 2016

    Clarity Conf: Designing for Earthlings and Astronauts

    At Clarity Conference in San Francisco, Richard Danne discussed his long experience creating style guides for massive organizations. Here are my notes from his talk: Richard didn’t invent the style guide, but worked on the NASA style guide, which was one of the […]

  6. 05 Apr, 2016

    Clarity Conf: Living Systems: Brand in the context of peoples lives.

    At Clarity Conference in San Francisco, Jeremy Perez-Cruz talked about the human elements that go into great brand systems. Here are my notes: Jeremy founded Etsy’s global brand design studio, and he believes the future of branding is in-house. After that, he went […]

  7. 02 Apr, 2016

    Clarity Conf: Baking Accessibility In

    At Clarity Conference in San Francisco, Cordelia McGee-Tubb talked about building accessibility into design systems. Here are my notes: Cordelia is an accessibility specialist at Dropbox and used to work at Salesforce. Accessibility is creating experiences that anyone can use regardless […]

  8. 02 Apr, 2016

    Clarity Conf: Communicating Animation

    At Clarity Conference in San Francisco, Rachel Nabors talked about UI animation and how to document animation within a design system. Here are my notes: Rachel has worked on Dev Tools Challenger, Alice in Videoland, and helped with the motion portion of Salesforce’s […]

  9. 02 Apr, 2016

    Clarity Conf: Being Human, Being Slack

    At Clarity Conference in San Francisco, Anna Pickard discussed everything that goes into creating a cohesive voice and tone at Slack. Here are my notes: Anna works at Slack, and is tasked with making a style guide to deal with the company’s fast […]

  10. 02 Apr, 2016

    Clarity Conf: Crawl, Walk, Run – the Evolution of a Design System

    At Clarity Conference in San Francisco, Stephanie Rewis & Brandon Ferrua discussed the creation of the CSS framework that’s part of Salesforce’s Lightning Design System. Here are my notes: Salesforce has 20,000 employees and has made lots of acquisitions. There are internal developers […]

  11. 02 Apr, 2016

    Clarity Conf: Code Patterns for Pattern-Making

    At Clarity Conference in San Francisco, Miriam Suzanne talked about establishing patterns to make your codebase easy to document and maintain. Here are my notes from her talk: Miriam works at Oddbird and is the creator of Susy amongst many other web tools. Patterns lead to […]

  12. 01 Apr, 2016

    Clarity Conf: Deconstructing Web Systems; or, A Pattern Language for Web Development

    At Clarity Conference in San Francisco, Claudina Sarahe discussed the many types of patterns that make up frontend web systems. Here are my notes: Claudina works on Casper on their design system. Patterns are a collective memory of things which work in our […]

  13. 01 Apr, 2016

    Clarity Conference: Beyond the Toolkit: Spreading a System Across People & Products

    At Clarity Conference in San Francisco, Nathan Curtis talked about making design systems and how to make sure they take root at your organization. Here are my notes: Google hit a home run with Material Design, but is it all really […]

  14. 31 Mar, 2016

    Clarity Conf: Building empowering style guides with practical research

    At Clarity Conference, a conference all about design systems and style guides (!) in San Francisco, Isaak Hayes & Donna Chan describe their process for creating a style guide at AppDirect. Here are my notes: Style guides should be usable for […]

  15. 14 Dec, 2015

    Style Guide Best Practices at Beyond Tellerrand

    Last month I was in beautiful Berlin for the wonderful Beyond Tellerrand conference, where I had the opportunity to talk about style guide best practices and all that goes into creating and maintaining successful pattern libraries. Here’s a video of my […]

  16. 03 Nov, 2015

    Beyond Tellerrand 2015 Intro Video

    This title video by Sebastian Lange for Beyond Tellerrand in Berlin is freaking amazing. I’m chocolate.

  17. 14 Oct, 2015

    Responsive Field Day

    It was a great honor to head out to Portland OR to speak at Responsive Field Day, put on by my pals at Cloud Four. The entire event was top-notch from beginning to end. I learned a ton, and I […]

  18. 08 Jun, 2015

    Style Guide Best Practices Presentation

    I recently spoke at An Event Apart in San Diego where I presented on the whys, whats and how’s of style guides. Here are the slides: And here are some resources I reference in the talk:   Style Guide Types […]

  19. 24 May, 2015

    Ben Brignell’s #uxlondon sketchnotes

    Ben Brignell’s sketch notes from my atomic design talk at #uxlondon.  

  20. 18 May, 2015

    Web Conference at PSU

    I’m thrilled to be speaking at the Web Conference at Penn State alongside so many other great speakers (including apparently Tim Gunn of Project Runway fame. Life achievement unlocked?). Registration closes in just a few days, so I’d look into […]

  21. 13 May, 2015

    The Why & How of Successful Style Guides

    I’ll be giving a virtual seminar for UIE all about style guides: what they are, what kinds of style guides exist, how to make them, and how to make them work for your organization. Feel free to tune in!

  22. 11 May, 2015

    To the Pattern Lab! Collaboration Using Modular Design Principles

    If you’re into Drupal and interested in Pattern Lab, this session at DrupalCon in Los Angeles looks like it fits the bill!

  23. 20 Apr, 2015

    Webdagene 2014 Recap

    I had a fantastic time at Webdagene in Oslo, and this recap video does a great job of capturing the special nature of the event. They even included my little piece of advice, which is nice.

  24. 22 Mar, 2015

    Email Responses #1: Workflow & Client Education

    Note: I’m going to start posting some of my email responses to people here on my blog. I think a lot of people’s questions are valuable and think they’re worthy of a broader discussion. And I hope the advice I’m […]

  25. 13 Jan, 2015

    Brad Frost’s survival guide for the modern web worker

    I’m really excited to be the opening keynote speaker at Generate Conf in New York City. I’ve been thinking a lot about how not to drown in a sea of devices, technologies, and opinions, and hope to dive into that […]

  26. 18 Dec, 2014


    During my atomic design talk at Smashing Conf in Whistler, I joked that adding images of Beyoncè to your designs is a surefire way of getting approval from clients. So Chris Balt took the next logical step to come up […]

  27. 12 Dec, 2014

    Building Design Systems from Atomic Elements

    The folks at UIE have shared a video of my talk on atomic design at UXIM 2014 in Denver. I’ll be speaking and giving a full-day responsive design workshop at UX Mobile Immersion 2015 in Salt Lake City in 2015. […]

  28. 19 Oct, 2014

    Atomic Design at Webdagene

    Webdagene is an absolutely phenomenal conference. This year they went all out and held the conference at the massive Oslo Spektrum. I had the pleasure to give a workshop, give a talk about atomic design, and close out the conference […]

  29. 10 Jun, 2014

    Creative Exhaust

    I had the wonderful opportunity to speak TEDx Pittsburgh this April. I talked about how the Web has transformed the creative process and unlocked new opportunities for collaboration and openness. The video was just released, so check it out: The Evolution […]

  30. 18 May, 2014

    Atomic Design at InControl

    Here’s the video of my talk on Atomic Design at InControl Orlando 2014.