This week, we’re joined by Josh Clark who works with clients on their design systems. He shares his approach to designing them, and how he makes sure they continue to be maintained.
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Anna and Brad talk about what’s changed since the first season of the Style Guides Podcast, and talk about what topics they’d like to cover this season.
Anna Debenham is a freelance Front-End Developer based in the UK. She started finding clients when she was 18 and never looked back.
In this episode, she shared some great advice about how to get started as a web freelancer. We also discussed handing off projects to clients, working with Flexbox, how to present work to clients remotely, how to come up with awesome job titles for yourself, and more.
We talked about (roughly in order):
Q & A:
17:08 I always wanted to be a contractor, I consider myself a cool (not as cool as Anna Debenham) front end, but I cannot step on the contractor world. Since you work that way, what are your steps to get into it?
22:08 Dave talked about “Tiny bootstraps” for each client. I really like this idea, but am curious what that looks like for you in practice. Do you deliver a folder of sass partials for them to work with, or do you have a minified stylesheet and a style guide with classes that they can use?
31:53 As I was just about to write a small Flexbox grid system, a coworker (let’s call him Big Time Timmy Jim) showed me this article about how you shouldn’t use Flexbox for major layout things because paint times drop significantly. The author’s answer is to use the grid spec, but that’s pretty far in the future with not much browser support today.What are your thoughts on this?
41:34 I’ve recently taken the jump to full-time client work and I have a question regarding working remotely. When it comes time to present a concept for a new site how do you prefer to demonstrate it to a client who is hundreds of miles away? I’ve heard of designers using video and web-based prototyping and I’d love to hear what’s worked well for you.
49:41 Is there a place for someone who is both a designer and a front-end developer? How do you describe to a potential employer that you can in fact do both, and want to do both?
55:12 I am from France and I do HTML/CSS and a little JS for a web agency. I do not do the ux and the ui design, my mate Clément does it. I never know if I should say “front end developer” (because I don’t do the development of our web-applications) or “front end designer” (because I don’t ux/ui design). What should I call myself?
This week is the one-hundredth episode of Unfinished Business and who better to join me than the person who helped me start it all, almost two years ago, Anna Debenham. We celebrate by talking about what went right and wrong in 2014 and our resolutions for 2015. Then we talk about meetings and how we can improve them.
Style guides, once the exclusive domain of print designers, are finding their way onto the web. Built out of HTML and CSS, such style guides are handy tools for the design process, for maintaining sites, and for improving collaboration.
Anna Debenham is a front end developer and an all-around great person.
Anna Debenham on Code For America, starting a web career at age 14, checking websites in game console browsers, producing 24 Ways, what comes after winning young developer of the year, and the delights of Spotted Dick and Victoria Sponge.
Anna is the author of Front-end Style Guides, creator of the Game Console Browsers website for developers, co-producer of 24 Ways, technical editor for A List Apart, and was Netmag’s Young Developer of the Year 2013.
The East Wing is a podcast brought to you by Tim Smith, that talks with industry experts about design, solving problems and the keys to creating products with value.
Tim talks with Anna Debenham about how she got started and some real talk about freelancing.
While Andy is in Japan, Anna is joined by the amazing Ashley Baxter, who took over her dad’s insurance business at 18. They talk about starting out young, learning new skills, determination, vision and overcoming fear.