Net Magazine featured Miriam this month with a Beyond Pixels
profile. “Miriam Suzanne creates experimental experiences with her band
and her fellow developers.”
“Some day you’ll realise you can’t do everything. You have to focus.”
My accountant was helping me sort out my taxes, and I wasn’t making it
easy. I had a successful web agency, a small theatre company, a band
preparing to tour, my second novel ready for publishing, an art show
about to open, and an assortment of side projects – all creating a
tangled mix of income and expenses.
My accountant wasn’t the first to scold me, and she won’t be the last.
From the outside it’s hard to see that I already have settled down. Both
my music and web design come directly out of my training in what the
kids call ‘devised’ theatre. Instead of working from a stand-alone
script and then learning to act the parts, an ensemble iterates on every
aspect of the performance, collaborating from start to finish. It’s
agile development for performance artists.
I learned the Adobe Suite in order to design show posters, construction
tools for building sets, electrical wiring to run lights, and HTML/CSS
to launch my first theatre website.
My band Teacup Gorilla and my web company OddBird are both continuations
of that work: designing multimedia experiences based on experimentation
and user feedback, using whatever tools and skills we have on the team,
and learning new skills when they’re needed.
When I have a team of musicians, we call it a band – and when my team is
full of developers, we call it an agency. It’s all the same to me.
I never meant to be a graphic designer or web developer, but I learned
the skills and people started offering me work. I feel very lucky to be
where I am, and proud of the team we’ve built over the years.
Teacup Gorilla also developed organically – it was originally formed to
underscore a devised performance. After the show was over the band
stayed together, and we’re now a mix of spoken-word stories, subtle
melodies, and raucous instrumental builds. It’s not a well-established
genre, so we put a lot of work into testing and adjusting.
My main takeaway is the same in art and web development: trust your
audience and yourself. Users are smart, and they are happy to think. Let
them. My job isn’t to give them all the answers, but to invite them
along for a ride and make it worth their time. The user isn’t always
right, but they are always worth listening to.
A new proposal for importing from NPM packages in Sass
James Stuckey WeberatSass Blogon
UI libraries like Vuetify and Bootstrap make it easy to extend their themes by providing Sass source files with their NPM packages. Now, Sass is requesting feedback on a simpler way to import those libraries into your Sass styles with e.g. @use "pkg:bootstrap".