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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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Figma: 18 Designers Predict UI/UX Trends for 2018

Figma asked 18 designers (including me) what UI/UX trends they predict for 2018. December, with its flurry of holiday parties, cheery out-of-office auto-replies and introspective weather patterns, provided the perfect opportunity to pause and survey the landscape.

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SitePoint: How to Write Beautiful Sass

Clean, beautiful code should be a goal in every project. If other developers need to make a change, they should be able to read what is there and understand it. Readable code is the core of maintainability. This excerpt from Miriam’s book, Jump Start Sass will help get you started writing beautiful Sass.

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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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CSS Tricks: More CSS Charts, with Grid & Custom Properties

Inspired by Robin Rendle, I demonstrate some of my early experiments combining CSS Grids and custom properties to create dynamic layouts and data-visualizations.

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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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SuperYesMore: Stop Being Productive

It’s time to re-think what we’re measuring

Miriam reflects on the nature and value of productivity for the SuperYesMore series: The Human in the Machine.

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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!

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