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Brad Frost

https://bradfrost.com
Web Design, Workshops, Consulting, Music, and Art
2020-03-27T14:38:47Z
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Hobbies for the hell of it

I like playing music a lot. I love it, in fact. Playing music gives me an enormous amount of physical, mental, and spiritual satisfaction. I’m fortunate in that I get play music in some capacity every day, often starting my […]

2020-03-27T14:38:47Z


Web Components & Stencil.js – Build Custom HTML Elements

I am thoroughly enjoying this Web Components & Stencil.js course by Maximilian Schwarzmüller. Really clear, enthusiastic instruction and great real-world examples. I’d highly recommend taking this if you want to get your head around web components.

2020-03-25T14:23:49Z


Scattered Coronavirus Thoughts

I’m still processing this pandemic as I putter around my house and deep clean my kitchen. I’m pretty far away from being able to form fully coherent thoughts, so here’s some scattered thoughts that keep popping into my brain: For […]

2020-03-23T16:10:00Z


Strange and Surreal Times

These are strange, surreal times. I hope everyone’s staying as healthy and safe as they can be out there. It’s really difficult to process the gravity of the coronavirus outbreak, especially since the situation keeps changing by the day (or […]

2020-03-19T19:35:45Z


Sass !default and themeable design systems

I’m working on a couple themeable design systems right now, and we’re architecting components to offer a white list of themeable CSS properties, so each brand can define their design language using design tokens and then pipe those through into […]

2020-03-09T17:14:12Z


#158 The Case of the Missing Hit | Reply All

A man in California is haunted by the memory of a pop song from his youth. He can remember the lyrics and the melody. But the song itself has vanished, completely scrubbed from the internet. PJ takes on the Super […]

2020-03-09T02:25:18Z


Rolling Code Standards

Well-documented code guidelines and standards are absolutely critical for creating consistent, cohesive code together. Especially in the context of creating a design system’s component library, it’s crucial to establish consistent API and code conventions to create an excellent user developers’ […]

2020-03-02T14:21:58Z


Deep Work Update #3

I just got a fantastic year-in-review breakdown from RescueTime that showed how I spent my (screen) time in 2019. It gave me some really insightful and beautiful data visualizations like this: Aside from the depressing realization that 30% of my […]

2020-02-14T18:26:01Z


Design Systems with Brad Frost – The State of the Web

I had the pleasure of popping by Google’s NYC office to chat with Rick Viscomi of Google Chrome Developer’s State of the Web series about design systems, atomic design, designer/developer collaboration, and a bunch of other topics. One of my […]

2020-02-05T18:23:54Z


Switching to Firefox

I switched my default browser on both desktop and mobile to Firefox. It was incredibly painless to do and literally haven’t noticed anything different besides the UI. Reasons My reasons for switching? I’m not entirely sure to be honest. While […]

2020-02-05T16:13:46Z


Design Systems, Agile, and Industrialization

Hoo boy, a blog post rebounding a blog post which rebounds a blog post. Let me jump on this train! Jeremy Keith clearly articulates a concern about design systems I often hear from many designers: In that light, design systems […]

2020-02-04T20:49:22Z


The Burnout List

A disease of abundance requires abstinence, not antidotes. Frank rounds up a collection of reasons that he burnt out. As I come to grips with my own burnout, I’m finding others’ stories and output to be tremendously beneficial. I see […]

2020-01-27T02:46:07Z


Why We Use Web Components

If I would have to list the main reasons why Web Components work so greatly for Duet Design System, it would be these four things: Tech-Agnostic Instead Of Tech-Specific In order to create modular interfaces, a design system needs to be […]

2020-01-26T20:58:29Z


Musicroll

Last night I had the pleasure of welcoming Ben Callahan and Rob Harr from Sparkbox over to my office/studio to hang out, talk shop, and play a little music. Ian and Melissa joined us and we had some fun jamming […]

2020-01-22T19:19:28Z


Design System Checklist

An open-source checklist to help you plan, build and grow your design system. Source: Design System Checklist

2020-01-16T12:24:29Z


Goodbye, Clean Code

Good read about letting “clean code” go. As the years go by, I increasingly err on the side of legibility over cleanliness. Sure, things could likely be tightened up, but does it really matter? If the code works, then there’s […]

2020-01-15T14:07:09Z


Avoiding burnout as an ambitious developer – Stack Overflow Blog

When I graduated college and started my first full-time job in NYC, I was all in. It’s a pretty common occurrence, especially in smaller companies: a junior dev thrown into the deep end, they flounder a bit, they learn a […]

2020-01-14T17:25:23Z


How Dotdash, formerly About.com, is taking over the internet

We had a blast working with Dotdash (formerly About dot com), and it’s awesome to see the design system foundation we helped them establish translate into major success, as written up by Fast Company. Maybe you’ve never even heard of Dotdash, […]

2020-01-14T17:22:27Z


Overcomplicatin’

Here are a few random stories from my last couple weeks of work. We have a datepicker field that has a calendar SVG icon sitting on top of the field. There was an issue where clicking the icon wasn’t triggering […]

2020-01-14T16:41:36Z


How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation

This article is a year old, but I just finished up reading a newly-released audio book (or is it a podcast? or chaptered interview series? I dunno.) where the author interviews a number of people who have experienced the kind […]

2020-01-13T00:56:12Z


3s and 7s by Queens of the Stone Age on Drums

I’m kicking off the new year trying to continue making things like I was attempting to do all of December. While I didn’t make something every day in December, but I made a lot of headway on projects and made […]

2020-01-11T19:55:37Z


It’s 2020 and you’re in the future — Wait But Why

Wild post about relative time. Great data visualization too. Source: https://waitbutwhy.com/2020/01/its-2020-and-youre-in-the-future.html

2020-01-04T02:56:31Z


2019

2019 was thankfully lot different than last year. This time last year I was in the neuro ICU with my dad as he came out of a coma and was fighting off spinal meningitis. I’m so incredibly thankful he’s made […]

2019-12-31T17:05:09Z


What a Year of Learning and Teaching Accessibility Taught Me – 24 Accessibility

Accessibility isn’t easy. And often times it is downright hard. But that comes with the territory. Designing for humans is hard. And accessibility is, at the end of the day, all about and all for humans. We may not get […]

2019-12-30T22:05:29Z


Cookies and a year of learning a new skill – lynnandtonic.com

Cookie decorating is a decent developer experience vs. user experience analogy. Lots of people were surprised when my cookies tasted good. They’d say, “Pretty sugar cookies never taste good.” It makes sense to me now: almost every technique I found […]

2019-12-30T22:01:08Z


Making Things in December #19: Bad Girls by M.I.A. Drums

For day 19 of making something every day in December, I recorded myself playing drums along to Bad Girls by M.I.A. I really like playing drums along to other music, and Bad Girls by M.I.A. has long been a favorite […]

2019-12-29T02:07:07Z


This is How a Society Dies

This article is a fucking punch in the gut. It perfectly encapsulates my fears about American society. Literally nobody on planet earth wants worse lives excepts us. We’re the only people on earth who thwart our own social progress, over and over […]

2019-12-23T21:51:49Z


Making Things in December #18: Jamming with Melissa

For day 18 of making something every day in December, I recorded a late-night jam with Melissa. As with our other jams, there’s nothing planned and there are no expectations to make something that resembles a finished piece of music. […]

2019-12-29T01:57:28Z


Making Things in December #17: Even More Cans

For day 17 of making something every day in December, I continued to work on a can art project. Once again, not much to look at, but I find the act of cutting and painting these cans to be really cathartic […]

2019-12-23T17:20:11Z


Making Things in December #16: Another Jam with Ian

For day 16 of making something every day in December, I recorded another jam with Ian. Like the others, there’s nothing particularly special about this recording, but what is special is the deliberate act of playing and recording music. I […]

2019-12-23T17:13:39Z


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