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.

One Small Step for the Web…

Tim berners-Lee launches Solid. An open-source project to 'restore the power of agency and individuals on the web'.


blockquote>Solid changes the current model where users have to hand over personal data to digital giants in exchange for perceived value. As we’ve all discovered, this hasn’t been in our best interests. Solid is how we evolve the web in order to restore balance — by giving every one of us complete control over data, personal or not, in a re...

Form Design Patterns Book by Adam Silver

One of the first projects I had in my first job was designing a form. It had to fit on a single piece of A5 paper and included a lot of fields, instructional notes, and explanatory text. To this day, I think it was one of the most valuable design exercises.

This new book from Adam looks like a superb addition to any web designer's library. Looking forward to the release!

Trix: A rich text editor for everyday writing

Compose beautifully formatted text in your web application. Trix is an editor for writing messages, comments, articles, and lists—the simple documents most web apps are made of. It features a sophisticated document model, support for embedded attachments, and outputs terse and consistent HTML.

Trix is a really good looking text editor from the folks at 37signals. If you really must have a WYSIWYG editor (and, actually, my experience is that a lot of editorial users expe...

Use the words normal people use

Oh. This.

I'm no fan of over-complicating simple things. Words, especially. For a long time now I think we've fallen foul of this in the web industry. Particularly around design or UX. By selling methods with fancy names we somehow legitimise our practice. This is particularly strong in the science or academic fields where design has yet get a foothold.

The Complete CSS Demo for OpenType Features - OpenType Features in CSS

An invaluable, easy to read reference on all OpenType features available in CSS with associated browser support.

Design from Code by UXPin

This is interesting from UXPin. Designing from code, with code. A real-live representation of design patterns in a repo. Really useful to design alongside existing mature code. Not so useful for starting afresh unless your organisation has managed to do what so many fail: synchronous design, development and deployment.

Introducing Spectrum: How Adobe Is Building a Design System at Scale | Adobe Blog

If anyone can reap the benefits of a large scale design system, then it's Adobe. But I wonder at what cost to product brand differentiation and diversity. Time will tell.

Letters from Sweden

Lovely looking design for the type foundry.

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