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The Recap: The Business of Expertise

The Recap: The Business of Expertise

I don’t normally read business books because so few of them explain anything in a way that you can actually put to use. Usually it’s all theoretical and the authors never address their natural gifts… or luck… or massive fortunes. The Business of Expertise is different though. Not only does David C. Baker explain the […]

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The Event Apart 2017 – Day 3

The Event Apart 2017 – Day 3

I had every intention of getting my Day 3 take-aways up on the day of, but after a great talk with two other awesome AEA attendees after the show; a four hour drive home (featuring a minor fender bender—not my fault); I was too burned up to even start it. I still want to give […]

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The Event Apart 2017 – Day 2

The Event Apart 2017 – Day 2

Day 2 is in the books, and what a day it was. Brad Frost, Una Kravets, Val Head, Derek Featherstone, Eric Meyer, and the incomparable Gerry McGovern gave incredibly good talks on working together, image optimization, animation, accessibility, real life design and measuring customer experience, respectively.

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The Event Apart 2017 – Day 1

The Event Apart 2017 – Day 1

  It’s the end of August again, so that means I am back in Chicago for my yearly recharge, attending An Event Apart. This is the fourth year I’ve come, and once again the show is living up to it’s billing. A few of the talks felt a little too familiar and others were so […]

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The Book Report: Atomic Design

The Book Report: Atomic Design

I first heard Brad Frost give a talk on Atomic Design back in 2014 at An Event Apart: Chicago. I didn’t understand everything he was saying, but it looked like a glimpse into the future of development. Up until that time, I had never heard of Atomic Design, modular design, or pattern libraries. When it […]

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The Round Trip

The Round Trip

Finally getting back into this. It’s been too long since my last post on the site, but a lot has been going on with family and work.

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The Handmade and the Automated

The Handmade and the Automated

“A build tool is a name for any bit of software that facilitates tasks that help us build better websites. […] You know, things computers are faster and better at than humans.” — Chris Coyer, Practical SVG This sentence perfectly clarifies the answer to a long running problem I have had with myself. That being, […]

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The Discovery

The Discovery

This is the second post in my series on Clarity, the website development process I created. This post will cover the first of six phases, Discovery.

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The Event Apart 2016 – Day 3

The Event Apart 2016 – Day 3

The third day of any Event Apart is a full-day workshop on one topic. This year in Chicago, we were privileged to get Brad Frost’s first full workshop on pattern libraries (a.k.a. “style guides,” but I prefer pattern libraries because I am partial to Brad’s product Pattern Lab). He covered everything from selling pattern libraries […]

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The Event Apart 2016 – Day 2

The Event Apart 2016 – Day 2

Day two of An Event Apart Chicago is typically where you realize this is an educational marathon, not a sprint. Everything you learned on day one (and are still trying to absorb); the late nights; the deep dish pizza… it all begins to catch up with you on day two. Let’s go second wind!

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