What’s the difference between style guides, pattern libraries, and design systems?

In my organization, we're trying to implement an integrated marketing plan which will be helped along greatly by a sound design system. In order to implement this properly, a shared vocabulary needed to be created so we could be sure we were referring to the same thing. In this post I do my best to [...]

Using your Android phone as a pet/security camera with IP Cam and Ivideon

My wife and I just got a new puppy and are crate training him. We'd love to know how he's doing if we're not there so I decided to look into some DIY pet-cam solutions. Using the IP webcam app for Android and Ivideon cloud streaming service, I was quickly able to get up and [...]

Basic bash, node, and npm setup on Windows

I never thought this would be something I'd be writing about but it's actually super exciting. This has been a major bane when trying to dev on my Windows machines. A lot of developer tools installation instructions walk you through some terminal commands, then the Windows people are all commenting at the bottom trying to [...]

Playing around with the Drupal 8 JSON API as a data service

I'm familiar with the concepts of REST but have never done anything in practice before. I decided I wanted to end that and start messing with the JSON API in Drupal 8. It was surprisingly easy to get going with because of the incredible resources out there. In this multi-part series, I'm going to explore [...]

Starting a Vimeo embed at a given timestamp using the JS API

Vimeo by far provides the best hosted video embed service out there by far, in my opinion. This post explains how to change the behavior of a Vimeo embed to skip to a given timestamp when the user plays the video. We'll use data attributes to store the start time in the HTML. Why would [...]

Embedding Drupal 7 Views with the Paragraphs module

The Paragraphs module has been super helpful to developers and site builders who want to provide content editors with a solution to create amazing looking sites without having to know HTML. I'm currently using Panels/Panelizer and Fieldable Panels Panes in the Drupal build at work to allow content editors to create the pages they want. [...]

Making Drupal more editor friendly: admin/content modifications

Here's a few things I've learned along the way to make Drupal a little more editor friendly. When appropriate, I will show how these improvements fit in with Nielsen's ten usability heuristics. Make admin/content work for your editors Recently I was explaining to a client how to edit pieces of content on their site. The [...]

Follow up on scalable, maintainable CSS

I wrote down some ramblings about this subject a while back after first reading about it through @mrmrs on Twitter. The idea of single function CSS classes was weird and seemed unnaturalย at first, but I was very intrigued. I considered this idea around the same time I was realizing that, at work, I basically keep [...]