Measuring the health of a design system

Design systems are like community gardens, and understanding their health is key to success. Here's how the team at Sprout Social does it.

August 25th
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The gap problem

Exploring techniques and trade offs for creating reusable grid components using modern CSS best practices.

April 2nd


Generating friendly, unique identifiers

Using the friendly-words package from Glitch to create human readable identifiers.

November 10th
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CSS Resets

Taking a look at a few approaches to CSS resets across the web.

October 9th

Minimum viable dark mode

How to create a quick and dirty dark mode for simple apps and websites using pure CSS.

September 23rd

Creating a useTextContent hook

How to create a custom React hook that can read the text content of a tree of nodes.

September 7th
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Building Sprout Social’s component library

How our team of three built a component library that designers and engineers love using.

July 28th
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Gatsby schema customization is pretty cool

Creating custom schemas for our data allows us to clean separate our view logic from our data source.

March 19th


XOXO 2018

Highlights from my trip to Portland for the annual festival for creators who work on the internet.

December 17th

Making Computers Make Art

An introduction, history, and resource for generative art and creative coding.

September 4th

Some prompted thoughts on design

InVision interviewed the design team at Sprout, and I wrote up some extended thoughts on their questions.

June 24th

No Reservations

Memorializing Anthony Bourdain and all of the things we can learn from him.

June 17th

Exploring Seattle

Photos from a recent trip to the Pacific Northwest.

May 13th

Personal finance perfection

How I manage money with my bank of choice (Simple) and their smart, automated features.

April 8th

Designing Proactively

Thinking about what it means to slow down and design for the future.

February 24th


Stream of consciousness thoughts on styling components

Rambling about design systems, CSS in JS, and problems that appear at scale.

November 2nd
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Writing Design

Thinking about design systems as vocabularies for shared languages.

August 28th
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