Episode № 103 Brad Frost — Atomic Design
January 25th, 2017 · 50 minutes
Brad Frost is the web designer who created the mental model of Atomic Design. He’s a sought-after designer, speaker, and consultant about responsive design.
His new book Atomic Design explains the concept of modular design as well as how to position it in a workflow for multi-device web developers.
Guest Starring: Brad Frost
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Links and Show Notes
Discussion Jump Points
- 3:10 Introduction
- 3:40 Brad describing Atomic Design
- 5:01 5 Distinct stages of UI
- 8:02 Organisms and hierarchy of a webpage
- 10:40 Introduction of pattern lab
- 12:30 Pattern lab is really plain, you have to bring your own vision, it’s a workspace
- 16:16 UI Auditing, consistency and patterns of website forms
- 18:02 How to introduce people to change and convince them that change is good
- 21:04 Communication with boss, don’t ask permission because boss only cares about end result
- 23:30 We’re already doing things like Pattern Lab - we just need to be more aware of it.
- 24:35 Don’t ask for permission, ask for forgiveness after.
- 27:01 Don’t need to go vertical for approval, talk with your colleagues
- 29:01 29:30 Example of how responsive experience works
- 30:03 Approval by way of conversion instead of convincing
- 31:30 Working without boss approval to make a bank site responsive
- 33:01 Page concept is out of date and from process standpoint doesn’t serve it’s use
- 34:20 Keep language the same, call it a webpage, but make website an ecosystem not a printed page
- 37:05 Keeping things above the fold
- 38:03 Using open source for writing the book and book deployment
- 41:45 Contributions to the book from others
- 45:19 How to find the book
- 48:15 Ending the interview with thanks
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