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One-Offs

There is this sentiment that you don't design the homepage of a site first. For most sites, it's an anomaly. It's unlike any other page and not something to base the patterns you use for the rest of the site or help inform other pages.

You might call it a one-off.1

One-offs are OK! A world without one-offs is very boring. But a site chock-full of one-offs leads to familiar problems: inconsistency and non-reusable CSS that leads to … Read article

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Consistent Design Systems in Sketch With Atomic Design and the Auto-Layout Plugin

Do you design digital products (or websites) and hand design files off to developers for implementation? If you answered yes, settle in! While the should-designers-code debate rages on, we're going to look at how adding a methodology to your design workflow can make you faster, more consistent, and loved by all developers... even if you don't code.… Read article

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Component-Led Design Patterns with Nunjucks & Grunt

Recently I was involved with the creation of an in-house system for building HTML prototypes intended to act as a reference point for an eCommerce CMS called Hybris. It started out simple, with PHP. As the team grew, so did the codebase, this eventually made things untidy, giving me sleepless nights.

We used PHP at first because:
  1. Includes. PHP include()s allow reusable chunks of code to be created. For example: headers, footers, and components.
  2. Familiarity. candidates were being recruited
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