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Things I wrote.

Here’re a few words I’ve written. Maybe you’ll like them? I hope you do. And if you do, there’s an RSS feed you might subscribe to.

  1. 2018

    1. February

      • Stupid Jekyll tricks.

        Right now, my site runs on Jekyll. Here are two little things I find useful.

      • AMPlified.

        I don’t think there’s much you or I can do about Google’s AMP project. However.

    2. January

      • A little advice.

        On occasion, people starting a career in web design ask me for advice. Here’s what I currently say to them.

      • Cardigan.

        Farewell, Dean. And thank you.

      • War rig.

        I come here not to praise 2017, but to bury it.

  2. 2017

    1. December

      • Rated zero.

        Google AMP, and services like it, seem like a kind of “zero-rating.” I worry about that.

      • Entitled to.

        A few thoughts about losing net neutrality protections in the United States, and what happens next.

    2. November

      • A new bag.

        On a friend’s recommendation, I bought a Tom Bihn backpack for traveling. I really like it.

    3. October

      • In range.

        Three outlines, each smaller than the last.

      • Seven into seven.

        A few more thoughts on AMP, on Ursula Franklin’s questions, and on just technology.

    4. September

      • I was asked to write an introduction for Alla Kholmatova’s new book on design systems, which I loved. (I think you’ll love it, too.)

    5. August

      • AMPersand.

        There’s a price to using Google’s “Accelerated Mobile Project.” I’m not sure the web can afford to pay it.

      • At dawn.

        Waking up, half-dreaming, before the sun’s up.

    6. July

      • Upward and worn.

        The new Legend of Zelda is a gorgeous, fun game, but it’s also an isolation simulator. And I love that about it.

      • Designed lines.

        Designing a lightweight, inexpensive digital experience is a form of kindness.

    7. June

      • We’ve been trying something new on our little responsive design podcast. I’ve enjoyed the experiment; maybe you will, too.

      • The value of a pattern library is tied directly to how much—and how easily—it is used.

      • For me, the real value of a device lab isn’t in testing. A device lab is a design tool.

    8. May

      • Notes from a chair.

        They work kindly, quickly but steadily, under lights cold and bright.

      • Going offline.

        I’ve started taking parts of my site offline. Here’s how it works, right now.

    9. April

    10. March

      • A sticky situation.

        Ran into a little design bug, involving position: sticky and Chrome. Maybe it’d be of interest to you.

      • The bricks we lay.

        Design is not neutral.

      • Notes from a couch.

        I’ve got a week of rest lined up, so here’s what I’m reading and watching. (Riveting stuff, I know.)

      • On container queries.

        A number of prominent web folks have been asking for “container queries.” I think they’re right to do so, and here’s why.

    11. February

      • New work: Source

        A new design for Source, a non-profit that makes journalism code more visible.

    12. January

  3. 2016

    1. December

      • The good by.

        A few notes on farewells, and on coming home.

      • Pattern patter.

        On the web, can our patterns be more than just front-end code?

      • Hyper text.

        A few notes on political anxiety and Twitter, and how sentences turn into paragraphs.

      • Thread.

        Welcome to my new website.

  4. 2015

    1. November

  5. 2014

    1. December

    2. August

      • Along with Karen McGrane, I’m getting into that “pod-casting” game! (Guess what it’s about.)

    3. February

      • Platformed.

        The web isn’t a platform. When we design and build for it, we should remember that.

    4. January

  6. 2013

    1. November

  7. 2011

    1. September

      • The Boston Globe

        The first large-scale responsive website just launched, and I helped. Here’s how we did it.

    2. June

    3. March

      • Henry.

        A few words I quite like.

      • Toffee-nosed.

        Many criticisms of responsive design are based on faulty logic. Let’s look at a few fallacies.

  8. 2010

    1. October

      • With good references.

        Every responsive design begins with a reference layout, either small- or widescreen. Which should you choose?

    2. September

  9. 2008

    1. October

      • Bradley.

        A story about my late uncle, who I didn’t know as well as I wish I did.

  10. 2003

    1. July

      • On emergency rooms.

        We were in the process of haggling over which desserts my grandmother should order when the seizure hit.

    2. June

      • In progress

        A former teacher and his former student, and a house to paint.

      • She.

        Happy anniversary, to my one and lovely.

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