Atomic Classification

I think of modular design as a practice or a philosophy—with Atomic Design being just one way to do it. I’ve found that I’m able to benefit from Atomic Design concepts without always adopting its classification metaphor. A...read more

Device-Agnostic

The more I build for the web, the more the term ‘device-agnostic’ endears itself to me. I used to think it merely dealt with basing responsive breakpoints on content rather than particular devices, but there’s more...read more

Work Life

It probably won’t surprise you to know that, though 90% of what I share online relates to my work, thinking about breakpoints, JS plugins, and fonts isn’t all I do. I love my family. I like...read more

Human Interest

Progressive enhancement has proven to be such a great strategy for the technical side of the web that I think we should take a similar approach for its personal side as well. Just as we assume...read more

Reorganization

Process is often shaped by how teams are organized. In the context of designing for the multi-device web, the high level of iteration and communication required to build a modern website is rendering the assembly line...read more

Where to Start

When making the transition to building responsive websites, the hardest part can be getting started. I get my fair share of questions about how to choose a direction and chart out the first few steps from...read more

Flexible Foundations

Responsive or not, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t all be designing and building sites on flexible foundations. This concept is nothing new, having been prophetically outlined in Jon Allsopp’s 2000 article, A Dao of Web...read more

A New Microsoft.com

This week Microsoft began rolling out its new responsive homepage—one that Paravel helped design & build. Earlier this year Nishant Kothary and I were having lunch at SXSW when he asked if Paravel would be interested...read more

Fluid Type

Embracing the fluid & flexible aspect of responsive web design was an easy decision, but I’ve been less sure-footed when it comes to balancing that with setting type on the web. From a purely typographic perspective,...read more

Jiro, Sushi & Web Type

One of my favorite documentaries is Jiro Dreams of Sushi, which tells the story of 85 year-old sushi master, Jiro Ono, who has spent his life honing his craft at a 10-seat restaurant in a Japanese...read more

Collaboration

If I could add a superpower to my web design skill-set, it wouldn’t be perma-inspiration or psychokinetic coding, but the ability to Vulcan mind meld clients. One constant I’ve experienced over the years is that it...read more

In Flux

I had my brand new retina display iPad (all 3.1 million pixels) in one hand and the panic button in the other. I was sure the pixel-dense screen would take the websites we’ve built and peel...read more