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Brad Frost

http://bradfrost.com
Web Design, Workshops, Consulting, Music, and Art
2019-02-14T15:19:20Z
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Don’t Get Clever with Login Forms

As time goes on I find myself increasingly annoyed with login forms. As password managers like 1Password (which is what I use) and Chrome’s password manager (which I also sorta use) become more popular, it’s important for websites to be aware […]

2019-02-14T15:19:20Z


Time for Happiness

This article as well as a whole slew of others all seemed to come along at the same time, and they’re all hitting me at a particularly interesting time in my life. I’ve spent the last 6 years grinding really […]

2019-02-14T02:47:35Z


Measuring the Impact of a Design System – Cristiano Rastelli – Medium

Measuring the Impact of a Design System is a tough topic, as design systems are a bit fuzzy. It’s not as clean cut as a website redesign. This is a fantastic post with some really awesome visualizations that helps put […]

2019-02-14T02:32:52Z


The ineffectiveness of lonely icons

After more than a year of using her tablet to read Email, my mother had no idea the Gmail application can be used to write an email. Why? Because after more than 12 months of using an application, she still […]

2019-02-13T01:15:34Z


This or that? Component Names: index.js or Component.js

I’m not sure if you’re aware, but there are sometimes different ways to do the same thing. Crazy, right? As a consultant I get to see a lot of different codebases, and I try study other projects’ architecture in order to […]

2019-02-06T14:11:21Z


My Skillshare Class Is Live!

I’m thrilled to announce my Skillshare class about creating successful design systems is live! Here’s what the course is about: After working with many organizations to develop customized design systems, Brad saw the need for a straightforward approach that anyone […]

2019-01-29T19:06:00Z


Composing Components

Good case study for building out a React-powered design system.

2019-01-21T02:08:51Z


Stepping away from Sass

In this great post, Cathy Dutton explains how she removed Sass from her codebase. Why? She explains how she used to use Sass for layout, variables, and typography, but now native CSS features take care of that for her. I’ll […]

2019-01-07T20:52:47Z


Making Future Interfaces: Algorithmic Layouts

Well, shit, this was entertaining! Here’s Heydon Pickering with a video explaining how flexbox and CSS Grid can help us make more responsive layouts with less work. While there are a lot of resources out there for learning things like […]

2019-01-07T20:45:20Z


Design Systems Workshop

I’m super excited to head to Austin, Texas to give a workshop all about creating and maintaining design systems. I’m likely not doing a lot of design systems workshops this year, so don’t miss your chance! You can get tickets […]

2019-01-03T16:14:30Z


The ‘Future Book’ Is Here, but It’s Not What We Expected

I’ve long been interested in how technology democratizes creation, and I’ve had success creating and self-publishing a book. So this article by Craig Mod rang a lot of bells for me. We were looking for the Future Book in the […]

2019-01-02T03:06:56Z


Building Night Mode for Hulu.com

I think this is a great read that underscores how CSS can be quite powerful. In order to build out a night mode version of Hulu, the team got frustrated trying to sort out how to manage the relevant properties […]

2019-01-01T20:43:22Z


2018

2018 has been a hell of a year. Usually when I do a year in review, I jump right into fond memories and work accomplishments. But this hasn’t been a normal year. Gramps‘s funeral was on my wife’s due date. […]

2018-12-31T17:01:58Z


The State of Web Browsers – Late 2018 edition

This is a brutally honest, true article about the state of web browsers. It’s unfortunate the author unnecessarily said “went full retard” (a movie reference) because the rest of the post is dead on. The stuff about Firefox rang especially […]

2018-12-06T20:35:40Z


Big ol’ Ball o’ JavaScript

Heydon Pickering published a fantastic post called Reluctant Gatekeeping: The Problem With Full Stack. I have about 3 blog post drafts covering similar ground and apparently we see very much eye-to-eye on this, so I thought it might be worthwhile […]

2018-12-06T20:23:56Z


Future Ethics

I can’t recommend Future Ethics by Cennydd Bowels highly enough. I strongly encourage any person working on digital things to read this book. But I especially want a few million copies of this book to be crop-dusted over Silicon Valley. […]

2018-12-04T15:24:46Z


A Tribute to My Family’s Penis Faucet

The house I was born and raised in has a single bathroom with no lock on the door. It also contains a faucet that looks like a penis. I’ve been fortunate to travel the world, stay in all manner of hotels, […]

2018-12-03T18:24:18Z


DevTools for Designers

You know what makes me really freaking excited? All of this stuff. Get designers playing with the real thing. Take the mystery away. Get people updating and nudging in the browser. Screenshot changes, and have the “real” devs implement it. […]

2018-12-03T03:21:00Z


Who Do Designers Really Work For

we came up with a little thing we tell all our clients before they agree to work with us: “You may be hiring us, and that may be your name on the check, but we do not work for you. […]

2018-12-03T03:10:12Z


Deep Work Update #2

A few weeks ago I made the decision to schedule every minute of my day, and so far so good. A few people have asked me for an update so I figured I’d share one. While my productivity score was […]

2018-11-19T18:32:00Z


bRuCk

Bruck is a lo-fi prototyping system made with web components. Quickly create and comment on interface layouts. The output is screen reader accessible, and responsive without you having to author breakpoints. Interesting. I haven’t played around with web components enough, so […]

2018-11-19T01:46:34Z


CSS and Network Performance

This post by Harry does a great job of talking about the performance implications of CSS, and he shares a load of tips for avoiding big performance hits due to CSS. CSS is critical to rendering a page—a browser will […]

2018-11-19T18:05:16Z


Ditching the MacBook Pro for a MacBook Air

A while back I upgraded my computer to a new MacBook Pro, and ran into a ton of issues with it. My post on the topic apparently found its way to Apple’s engineering team, and I ended up working with […]

2018-11-15T23:47:17Z


Creating atomic components in Figma

It’s great to see that design tools like Figma and Sketch have improved so designers can practice atomic design within them.

2018-11-12T03:43:24Z


Designer+developer workflow: more head-down work

As part of Dan and my designer+developer collaboration series, I recorded another video building upon the work we’ve done so far. If you’re not caught up, feel free to watch the other videos: Video 1: Designer+Developer pair session Video 2: […]

2018-11-08T18:00:06Z


Design Systems: Mastering Design at Scale

Dan Mall, Josh Clark, and myself partnered with the fine folks at InVision to create a video series called Design Systems: Mastering Design at Scale. In the series, we share lessons learned from our experience helping organizations create and maintain […]

2018-11-06T20:01:11Z


Deep Work Update

Last week I made the decision to schedule every minute of my day, and wanted to share a quick update. In short, this is working out very well for me so far. A few accomplishments: I coded every day – […]

2018-11-05T18:17:10Z


Enforcing Accessibility Best Practices with Component PropTypes

 I’m diving into React a lot more, and I’m specifically focused on making rock-solid, dumb presentational components that can be ingested by other applications. Part of making these components rock-solid is providing some definition and guardrails for the props […]

2018-11-02T15:50:09Z


Yes, your startup is ready for a design system

Rather than starting out by building out buttons and components (a mistake we made early on), focus instead on building flows and working backward from there. It took hundreds of sketches, brainstorming sessions across teams, wireframes, and mockups to arrive at […]

2018-11-01T20:21:40Z


America’s Iron Giants – The World’s Most Powerful Metalworkers

As a Pittsburgher, I’m naturally interested in giant machines and molten steel. Maybe that’s why I found this video fascinating.

2018-11-01T20:10:50Z


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