Looking at LLMs and the latest Chat stuff I’m not feeling the anxiety that is building. There’s no shortage of authoritative seeming BS already. I am excited for “boring” improvements we’ll see in searching and building associations in text within a lot of contexts moving forward, similar to the effect elastic search has had over the last several years.
node_modules give and they take away.
I always forget how fun identity and branding design work is until I get into it again. Super hard, and takes longer than you think it will, but very satisfying.
Today’s church service was beautiful. Many from the congregation stood and explained which Christmas hymn was their favorite and why and then we all joined in singing a verse from it. 40 minutes of joy set a wonderful tone for today’s celebrations. Christ’s invitation is to feel that joy always.
At what depth should you bury a pipe between a well and a house so that it’s below the frost line? I don’t know what depth, but today I learned that ours is not deep enough.
I can’t be the only one who wants to figure out a way to use Blackletter type in product design.
Somebody is doing the good work detailing Severance’s typography. Also, there’s a Severance Wiki!
Container queries are so nice for component level styling. Once Firefox support hits in 109 I’m gonna be deleting some media query code.
If CSS URL selectors were a thing, I could handle a lot of the way I style websites without junking up the DOM with extra classes. As a little bit of an old school separation of concerns, web standards guy who is grumpy about JS frameworks ruining things, I would love it if this were a thing.
As of last week, I am looking for work. So, if you or someone you know is looking for a designer with…
- 13+ years experience, beginning with identity/branding and most recently focused on product design within larger organizations (last 6+ years),
- experience leading the Product Design team within a growing SaaS company,
- a love for design systems,
- an aptitude for tinkering and experience with web front-end technology (HTML, CSS, JS),
- knowledge of business strategy (MBA, suit and tie included),
…then get in touch with me. I am open to permanent positions, freelance work, or opportunities to collaborate and build something new.
Christmas cookie season has begun y’all. Restock the pantry and service your stand mixer. It’s game time!
Watching tech media follow the same playbook with a certain troll’s every utterance that political media has with another certain troll over the last few years is dispiriting. I don’t know how to correctly balance newsworthiness vs amplification, but I’ve never seen great results giving people who crave attention like a drug exactly what they want.
New bike week!
Finished reading the Expanse series last week. The whole thing is so great. It starts as a compelling vision of a future where mankind has spread throughout the solar system and grows into something much much bigger. You get to know and love a growing and fascinating cast of characters. Each novel is tells a complete story and the series ends is very satisfying. I love it. Highly recommended.
Moab is beautiful
Started playing A Plague’s Tale: Requiem last night. It's intense and beautiful, but mostly intense.
Andor is so good. Every character is incredibly compelling and only growing more-so. The world building without relying on the traditional heroes is so so good.
CSS variables (custom properties) are such a game changer.
Recently finished listening to The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam. It was a fascinating account that speaks of a specific time in history and politics, but the lessons and characters feel unfortunately timeless.
I’m definitely late to the party, but listening to library audiobooks with Libby is pretty compelling.