FontBase — a Free, Beautiful, and Fast Font Manager

For years there has been a gap for a bloat-free font management tool. I've used a few over the years: Suitcase, Adobe Type Manager, FontBook... Almost without exception, they've ended up bloated or expanding into font sales and marketplace-type offerings. So it's refreshing to see a slim, professional solution here with However, slightly concerned that it's free. For me, that only ever ends up in one place if the software is actually any good: acquisition. And we all know how those th...

Re-approaching Color – Lyft Design

The Lyft design team document their colour usage – and new tool they've built, Colorbox – for their design system. A detailed walkthrough and some great accessibility features.

Australian Government Performance Dashboards

Interesting take on KPI performance visualisation. Simple KPI's tracked over time and measured across several services. That I like about this it's easy to cross compare. What I don't like is this feels like showing justification rather than being a useful tool for delivery teams.

Change is hard but not impossible - Gerry McGovern

This rings very loudly in my ears today.

That’s where you come in: helping your organization catch up. It won’t be easy. You’ll have to be careful. You will become the enemy of those whose career depends on maintaining the status quo. And even when things go well, they won’t go perfect. And there will be so many setbacks.

Building what’s useful: governance and agile delivery

This is a great, older post from the Co-op on governance principles. How do you do governance in an agile team?

Picking the right things to measure, at the right time helps motivate and focus the team. Trust teams to monitor their own performance. Make sure what you’re measuring can be verified independently. This helps build trust and confidence in what the team is doing.

Dense Discovery

A newsletter for the discerning web worker with fresh apps, accessories, and food for thought.

We’ve added user research guides to the design system

Presenting guidance in this way means that instead of individual researchers writing a strategy for a team now and then, we can give more general advice.We want to make sure people are doing good, useful research in the right way and we can now add value to any digital team by giving them a ‘best practice’ resource.

The Bezos way: sleep, puttering, and three high-quality decisions a day

Only One Deliverable Matters

Some good stuff from Josh, as always.

Just as we get developers involved earlier in the design process, we also get designers contributing to development. In traditional process, designers deliver corrections and updates to developers in the form of redlines. These are marked-up comps showing where spacing, font size, border radius—you name it—needs to be adjusted. Instead of using redlines, we enable designers to handle those changes themselves. Depending on the project, we use either a design token platform or a simple SASS variables file to create a single place where all design values are held. It’s where all the hex colors, typefaces, paddings, margins, and the like are defined. With little to no coding know-how, designers can get in there and edit the variables, which go straight into the build process to update the design—no redlines needed.

We are Oxvik

This is fantastic. Two of my favourite web folk – Brian Suda and Jon Hicks have formed Oxvik, a creative cooperative. I am expected great things.

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