OddBird

Meet the Birds…

Miriam Suzanne

Co-Founder & Project Manager

Miriam leads the OddBird process, working with clients and users to set priorities and find solutions to their unique problems. She is a user-experience expert, and a pioneer of modern CSS techniques – member of the Sass core team, and creator of the popular Susy and True libraries. Miriam is a staff writer for CSS Tricks, co-author of SitePoint’s Jump Start Sass, and internationally known conference speaker, winning “Best of” CSS Dev Conf in 2017. She is also a multimedia artist with extensive experience in theatre, writing, music, and visual art.

Featured Talks

Agile Design Systems

A talk on how we automate style documentation by building patterns directly into our code.

Dynamic CSS: Layouts & Beyond

Learn to integrate design and code to isolate components and automate style documentation with a design system built for your needs.

User Unfriendly

A project-manager’s reflections on human-centered problem-solving, client communication, and agile web development.

Planning Your Web Project

A non-technical guide for taking your project from concept to launch, without ever losing sight of the goals.

Featured Workshops

Featured Videos

Event Schedule

User Unfriendly at Open Source Conference

on in Denver, CO

The web is more than a technology platform, it was created with a mission statement. Design and code trends also come with attached philosophies, and we need to consider the implications. We’ll talk about our human-centered approach to product-design – learning to understand user-feedback, designing for edge-cases, transparent client communication, and tightly integrated design and development teams.

Upcoming Appearances

Speaking History

Open Source Contributions

core developer

creator



Smashing CSS Follow-Up Q & A

Dynamic CSS talk, Advanced CSS workshop

I had the pleasure of presenting both a talk and workshop at Smashing Conf in San Francisco this year. During the talk, people left questions in a collaborative doc, so I’m here to provide the answers!

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VueFinder at VueConf, 2019

Talk: Dynamic CSS with Vue

Inspired by VueConf 2018 I spent some time learning JS and Vue in more depth, and built myself a more flexible VueFinder presentation tool to fit my needs. This year, I returned to VueConf and gave the closing talk on passing data between CSS and Vue.

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Podcast: Views on Vue

Miriam talks with the Views on Vue panel about design, tools, fonts, and more.

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Beyond Tellerand

Talk: Don’t Use My Grid System (with Vue Invaders!)

I love when conferences give me the opportunity to travel around the world. I love it even more when conferences go beyond the web to find inspiration from other fields. Beyond Tellerand (Düsseldorf, Germany) was the best possible combination.

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VueConf US

Talk: Agile Design Systems in Vue

I’ve been excited about Vue.js since Sarah Drasner first showed me the basics. Since then, we’ve started using it for client work at OddBird, and I’m constantly impressed by the power and simplicity – so it was a real honor being invited to speak at the first VueConf US in New Orleans.

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Herman Style Guides

An agile approach to design systems on a budget

Design systems streamline development, communication, and consistency – but often rely on dedicated teams and extended budgets. We wanted a tool to create and maintain living style guides & pattern libraries in an agile process, and on a budget. Herman helps keep our development flow simple, and our UX consistent, as we iterate on patterns and scale over time.

Today we’re launching Herman 1.0 as a free, open source project for anyone to use and make contributions. Check out the full documentation, or contact us for help putting your design system in place.

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Media Queries & Grid Settings

Practical media helpers for Susy3

Most grids change with the viewport – and Susy needs new settings at each breakpoint. Susy3 is designed without mixins for complete flexibility from project to project, but it can be useful to build additional tools and shortcuts as you go. Here are some snippets to help you get started working with Susy across different media queries.

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Welcome to Susy3!

Make grid systems your fallback plan

We’re excited to introduce Susy 3.0, a major update to our popular grid-math calculator – now more focused and flexible than ever. Susy was designed to make layout math easy, without forcing you into generic patterns and ugly markup. But grid systems are on the way out, replaced by real CSS layout specs that live in the browser. With Susy3, we want to help make that a smooth transition.

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Understanding Spread in Susy3

Susy 3.0 will be released in the next week, if all goes well, and there’s a lot to write about it. I wanted to start with a detailed overview of one core concept: spread.

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Making Function Calls Across Sass Versions

You don’t need safe-get-function utilities

The Sass 3.5 Release Candidate includes support for first-class functions. What are they, how do we use them, and what tools can we use to future-proof our Sass toolkits in advance?

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Ask us anything.

We’re happy to answer your questions, big or small. If we’re a good fit for your custom web project, we’ll offer a free in-depth assessment!

Schedule a call with Miriam