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Qualities of Successful Pattern Libraries: Pick Any Two

Shortly after we opened up Drizzle, our pattern library framework, Luke Askew started a wonderful discussion of pattern library maintainability in that project’s repository. This inspired me to reflect on the pattern libraries we’d started or contributed to… More

Redesigned!

After months of redesigning in public, we’ve finally pushed the button that unleashed the new cloudfour.com on the world. For me, this project has been a dream come true. I was a fan of Cloud Four long… More

Introducing Drizzle

It’s hard to believe it’s been over three years since Dave Rupert wrote Responsive Deliverables, challenging the rest of us to start making “tiny bootstraps, for every client.” It’s been almost as long since Brad Frost and Dave Olsen… More

Breaking Out With Viewport Units and Calc

While iterating on a new article layout for the impending Cloud Four redesign, I encountered an old CSS layout problem. For long-form content, it’s usually a good idea to limit line lengths for readability. The most straightforward… More

Responsive Logo Composition With SVG

Logos are an ideal use-case for SVG. Because they’re typically designed for reproduction and versatility, they’re almost always vector to begin with. SVG’s support of CSS and media queries means we can adapt brand imagery depending on the display… More

Mood Boards (Neither Bored Nor Moody)

Our team had a set of defining characteristics and was almost ready to start redesigning cloudfour.com. But before we dived into element collages (more on that in a future post), we wanted to draw from a shared well… More

Shared Visions and Sticky Notes

When we started redesigning cloudfour.com, I knew I wanted the entire team to feel a sense of ownership in the end result. To establish an inclusive design direction without designing a camel, we… More

Simpler SVG Icons

As a follow-up to my post discouraging the use of icon fonts, I recently wrote about the SVG icon process we’ve been using at Cloud Four. While most of the feedback I received was positive, some felt the… More

Case Study: Our SVG Icon Process

Update (July 2019): Our process has changed quite a bit since this article was written. Check out our latest update! When I wrote about why you shouldn’t use icon fonts in your next web project, I had no… More

Seriously, Don’t Use Icon Fonts

Icons are everywhere. These “little miracle workers” (as John Hicks described them) help us reinforce meaning in the interfaces we design and build. Their popularity in web design has never been greater; the conciseness and versatility of pictograms… More


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