Category: Asides

Susy

I’m not sure if I’ve become too detached or something, but this is the first time I’ve heard of Susy which can’t be well described by calling it a Sass library because it’s just as much a philosophy. Susy seems to have been born out of the customization frustrations found with more traditional CSS frameworks […]

Posted: June 30, 2014

Interfaces in need

I think one of my favorite aspects of client work is being exposed to solutions that otherwise wouldn’t be on my plate. Working with clients from many different industries presents us the opportunity to improve an area that (likely) desperately needs it. There is so much talent being dedicated to the latest social-focused-ultra-modern UI in […]

Posted: June 27, 2014

The Myth of the Design Studio Turned Product Company

37Signals successfully navigated the path of going from a design studio to being a software company. In the process of doing that they unknowingly started the mythology that every design or development studio should become a product company. Kevin and I have on more than one occasion sat back and talked about what it would […]

Posted: June 27, 2014

Programming Sucks

This article has rightfully been making the rounds for the past few days, but I want to call out the reality of it. Yes it’s mostly hyperbolic but it’s awesome. Have you ever sat back for a minute to think about what you’re doing? Typing these words in specific ways that eventually translate into other […]

Posted: May 01, 2014

Aerotwist – Better password form fields

Heartbleed (hopefully) had us all changing our passwords. A lot of passwords. It was a grim reminder of just how terrible so many password policies are, but that’s beside the point. This is great: It was so frustrating to have 1Password generate a password for me only to find out that the established password policy […]

Posted: May 01, 2014

A Strategy for Organizing WordPress Theme Functions

I’ve adopted a similar strategy to Tom. I use functions.php as a bootloader of sorts for all of my theme-specific dependencies. Breaking out things like Custom Post Type/Taxonomy registration from other logic like Walkers has proven to be extremely helpful both when initially building & revisiting projects down the line.

Posted: May 01, 2014

Cargo Cult CSS

I’ve been sitting on this article for a while but finally was able to give it a good, focused read. If I’m honest, there are many great points to consider. I say that because at first glance it feels very anti-“modern” CSS, but what good is something if it hasn’t been questioned repeatedly (even when […]

Posted: May 01, 2014

WordPress Code Reference

DocBlocks got a lot of love recently in WordPress which is awesome for developers. In fact it’s beyond awesome. It opens the doors for so many awesome implementations of that data set, things like the newly offered WordPress.org Code Reference. This information is insanely useful to anyone writing any bit of code for WordPress. We […]

Posted: April 28, 2014

Jank Busters – Chrome Rendering Performance

Talks like these fascinate me. I personally have not gotten so far into frame rate performance testing to make use of the (awesome looking) dev tools that support such a practice, but I want to. I really enjoyed hearing from two of the engineers that actually deal with the low level implementations of browser rendering, […]

Posted: March 24, 2014

Usability in Icons | Stiern

Icons have always fascinated me. I think they fascinate everyone to be honest. When used well, an icon (and only an icon) can effectively replace a label, which inherently de-clutters what you’re looking at, all the while giving you an aesthetically pleasing alternative. It’s funny, some icons we see very consistently in 2014 have been […]

Posted: March 24, 2014