Posts Tagged ‘tools’

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  1. 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 […]

  2. 22 Jul, 2019

    Design tools are holding us back

    This post by Tom Johnson gives a fantastic overview of the limitations of static design tools and design/dev handoff tools. The author breaks down the various ways static design tools are detached from the reality of how things truly play […]

  3. 14 Aug, 2018

    CSS Scan

    Inspect Element on steroids: study how things are made on the web in real-time and copy computed styles with no hassle (neither longhand styles) This was an easy buy.

  4. 24 Jun, 2018

    VS Code Can Do That?!

    All the best things about Visual Studio Code that nobody ever bothered to tell you There’s some good stuff in here that I’ll be trying out. I switched to VSCode a while ago and it’s been quite enjoyable.

  5. 14 Jun, 2018

    Unfortunate name (confusion with Sketch seems inevitable), but this seems like a cool concept. I like the idea of a nimble “Markdown-like notation” that helps teams play out a lot of different scenarios and states without having to create a […]

  6. 27 Mar, 2018

    The Evolution of Tools

    I love how Jon Gold’s brain works. He expresses the desire to have more systematic designs, but the process of actually making that happen is tedious and manual. But what if we could systematize the way we observe and reason […]

  7. 02 Feb, 2018

    Your Sketch library is not a design system

    You can write words explaining how to properly use a toaster, draw pictures of toasters, and even create more efficient ways to draw pictures of toasters. But at the end of the day, if you don’t have a functioning toaster, […]

  8. 01 Feb, 2018

    Sketching in the Browser

    I remember talking with Vitaly about what I thought would happen with design tools in the next year or two, and I said that we’ll finally get design and dev tools integrated into each other in a way that makes […]

  9. 11 Sep, 2017


    I wrote about Facebook’s aggressive tactics, and Steve Portigal responded with a recommendation for FBPurity. F.B. Purity is a browser extension / add-on that lets you clean up and customise Facebook. It filters out the junk you don’t want to […]

  10. 25 Jan, 2016

    Performance Budget Builder

    Performance budgets are awesome. So I made a thing to help you make performance budgets. The Performance Budget builder lets you lay out your template types, set a size budget for each template type, then plug in the sizes for each […]

  11. 04 Sep, 2015

    Pattern Lab Exporter

    Pam Griffith created a script to migrate patterns from inside of Pattern Lab into a CMS. She wrote a post explaining a bit more about the project: So I’ve been playing with making a conversion script that takes the patterns from […]

  12. 24 Aug, 2015

    Unfinished Business 115 ‘Extreme tool anxiety’ with Brad Frost and Stephen Hay

    I had a great time talking with Andy Clarke and Stephen Hay about tools, complexity, and making stuff for the Web. When Andy reached out to us about what to talk about on the show, I suggested this would be a great topic […]

  13. 18 May, 2015

    Project Hub

    A while back I wrote about the concept of project hubs for 24 Ways. I’m thrilled to see people finding the concept of a simple timeline for project milestones useful, and am even more thrilled to see tools emerge to […]

  14. 20 Apr, 2015

    WordPress Database Migration Tool

    I just bought WP Migrate DB Pro to help keep my local databases and live sites in sync. Looking forward to digging into this. Right now my local sites and my live sites are way out of sync, and it […]

  15. 02 Oct, 2014

    56 Experts reveal 3 beloved front-end development tools

    PSD To WordPress asked me what 3 web development tools I couldn’t live without. Here’s what I had to say: Pattern Lab While I’m a bit biased, I honestly can’t imagine designing websites without Pattern Lab. It gives me the […]

  16. 21 Nov, 2013

    ish. 2.0

    I’m happy to introduce ish. 2.0. For the uninitiated, ish. is yet another viewport resizing tool. It’s called “ish.” because it focuses on general ranges (small-ish. medium-ish. large-ish.), rather than popular device widths. It’s our jobs as web designers to […]

  17. 09 Nov, 2012


    What ish. is yet another viewport resizer. What’s with the name, you ask? Small-ish. Medium-ish. Large-ish. That’s the idea. Many have long been preaching to let content, not device widths determine breakpoints in responsive designs, so rather than determining several […]