Template Technology Agnosticism

April 18, 2017

Brad Frost recently wrote about managing technology-agnostic design systems. In his post, he recommends using a technology that doesn’t tie itself to any specific framework. When I was at Yahoo!, we took a very similar approach. We knew we wanted to build out these components and be able to use them across multiple projects. And due to product acquisitions or teams deciding different stacks, ...

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Matias Wireless Keyboard

March 20, 2017

I don’t normally do product reviews but the Matias Wireless Keyboard looked like a great addition. The Matias keyboard has the same layout as the full wired Apple keyboard—with full-sized arrow keys and full number pad. But it’s wireless! The keyboard comes in colours to match your MacBook. In my case, I got the Gold. They've done a good job of matching the style. The keyboard tak...

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Attempting Deeper Work

March 18, 2017

I’m in the midst of reading Deep Work. I’m about two-thirds of the way through and while it’s probably a bit hasty to jump into a review, I have been thinking about what it means to how I work and what I want to work on. The concept behind the book is that for the knowledge worker, success comes from the ability to think and work deeply on something. Basically, to get into a state of ...

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CSS Concerns

March 03, 2017

These days, I often find myself hearing people say “we use BEM” or “we use SMACSS” and the question that often comes to mind is “how exactly do you use them?” Coming up with a catchy name for a development approach is a double-edged sword. On one hand, they are a convenient way to convey a lot of information really quickly. If someone says that they use BEM, I can make some quick as...

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