What we’re up to, where we’re going, and what gets us excited.

Making a Case for Design Ops

by Chris Strahl

Many of us have used the following mantras, or something similar:

“We need to build experiences in the medium they are destined for.”

“Design systems do not exist unless they are in code.”

The groundswell behind design systems is more proof that the industry needs to improve the tools and prac...

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Working in Design Systems: A Developer's Angle

by Joe Karasek

Last winter I joined a web development agency, Basalt, that specializes in Design Systems. Founded by three leaders in the tech industry with more than 30 years of experience between them, Basalt is driven by the belief that Design Systems are...

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Front-End and Back-End Development: Removing the Blockers

by Chris Strahl

Traditionally, the biggest blocker to building a great front-end experience has been back-end development. For most web application platforms, you had to have something to shape into an experience before you could move beyond the basic design compositions. This “something” was typically a bunch of r...

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Design Systems Are The New Responsive Design

by Mary Warrington

The processes surrounding web design and development are undergoing a radical shift. I'm not talking about new JS frameworks claiming to be the "next great thing", or css-in-js, or any other language fad: I'm talking how we approach building the internet. I'm talking about design systems.

Over the...

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Theo Design Tokens Using Node-Sass Importer For Any Build Method

by Evan Lovely

Design Tokens are a wonderful way to codify all the small decisions in a Design System and help ensure consistency across the code base. Often these take the form of simple variables in our Sass stylesheets, however that limits their use to only that code language; and that hamstrings the potential...

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ES6 Tips: Tagged Template Literals

by Mary Warrington

Template literals are one of the easiest parts of ES6 to learn — but what about tagged template literals? They're another beast, with some interesting use cases. Read on to learn how to use them in your javascript code!

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Twig Tricks for Design Systems

by Mary Warrington

Handling data within templates, including Twig templates, is a common hurdle to implementing an effective design system. Here are some tips and tricks we've learned for handling data with Twig...

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Basalt Welcomes Emily White as Vice President of Sales and Marketing

by John Babbott

White’s confidence as a strategist and communicator comes tempered with a wide array of industry experience. “I approach every project knowing that inside of every real situation, there’s an ideal outcome waiting to happen. And getting to that ideal outcome depends on clarity of purpose.”

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Case Study: Sciencemag.org Project Wins

by Nam Ho

Communication, accountability, and trust are at the center of any great project, and this was no different.

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Full-Spectrum Leadership

by Chris Strahl

Management is how organizations maintain their operational status quo. Leadership is what comes into play during times of growth, crisis, and change. And it's strongest when it comes from every level of an organization.

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