Tools for Designing in the Browser

This post is intended to be a regularly updated list of tools, articles, and other goodies that help make designing in the browser both easier and more efficient. If you're currently a designer-developer hopefully you might learn something new of use, while if you're new to the game hopefully this...

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Craft Your First Impression

A few weeks ago I received a cold email from a local San Francisco startup called Mighty Spring asking me to demo their product. If you work in tech and have an internet presence you get used to receiving these things all the time (and generally saving them to the...

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Life is (Finding) Meaning

I've only now just finished listening to Derek Siver's latest conference talk "The Meaning of Life", and can only encourage everyone else to watch (or listen to) it as soon as possible. As someone whose life work exists on a series of computer hard drives it hits pretty close to...

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Web Designers Code

When I moved to San Francisco in 2012 I knew I wanted to get a job as a designer at a startup, but had never before dealt with the issue of needing to categorize myself into a certain role. In architecture there might be different types of designers (architect, landscape,...

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The Most Important Part

While doing some research on OOCSS vs OOSCSS I stumbled across one by Chris Hansen at Pivotal Labs titled Why we don’t use OOCSS (but we should). I have my own hesitations and thoughts regarding pure OOCSS, but was dumbstruck by one of his reasons for not using it:...

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MVP, not MVPOS

If you live and work in the tech world, then "lean" or "agile" just might have been your first words. Every meetup, conference, and startup in a 50 mile radius is talking about what it means to be a lean startup, and I have to say it’s been a...

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Be Honest

My friend Nathan will tell you I just hate people (jokingly, I think), but when it comes to business you can't beat around the bush. Is someone's work not up to par? Tell them they need to step things up. Is the client not holding up their end of the...

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Stop Freelancing

I've been "freelancing" part time for the better part of the past 4 years and full time for the past 8 months, and if there's one thing I've learned it's that telling people you freelance will garner responses that manage to combine a jealousy of your freedom and a subtle...

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