I decided to start a separate blog from my Tumblr. Where the tumblr will continue to be my links, reblogs of quotes and images, and other random things, this Journal will be where I'll write more long-form posts about my work, my life, and whatever else I feel like sharing. Such as this update!
On My Love for the Sass Community
Only a few years ago, I was one of those designers who didn't think I needed Sass. But I had to start using it since my new job at the time at Engine Yard required it. Within just a few weeks I found myself hooked and realized that I'd been missing out. Since then I've been singing the praises of Sass in my talks, whether I'm talking about design, style guides, CSS maintainability, or refactoring & realigning UI.
So I can't begin to tell you how much I was super stoked to be chosen to lead a task force to redesign the Sass website. I named the task force Team Sass Design, and I was very excited about the opportunity. But unfortunately it took us much longer than planned to complete it due to all of our work and life schedules. But we got it done! Check it out. It has a truly living style guide (I'll definitely be going into more detail in a fuller article about that later). It's modern and responsive. And it's one of the projects I'm most proud to be a part of.
Shipping it was the most fun part of the whole project. Not only did we launch it at the first ever SassConf, but tons of people attending and speaking jumped in to help with deploy and DNS issues. I am so grateful for everyone who helped. And I'm continually grateful for everyone who has been submitting pull requests for copy edits and code bugs. The Sass community is an exciting one to be in.
Three more quick Sass-related updates I want to share before moving on to my other big update:
- The new Susy grid system is nearing release. Keep an eye out for that soon. You can check out the progress on the Oddbird Blog and the GitHub Repo's Susy Next Branch.
- I had the awesome opportunity to be a Technical Editor for the new Sass for Web Designers book by Dan Cederholm. Give it a read; it's great.
- A while ago, I started organizing a Sass meet up in San Francisco called The Mixin. We're going to try to hold the meet ups more frequently. If you're interested in helping, sponsoring, hosting, or speaking, please contact me.
On Do & Salesforce
As many of you are already aware, the decision was made to sunset Do, the amazing product I was working on as a product designer. The announcement was definitely a bummer, as I was a huge fan of the product (I used it to organize everything, work and personal, even with my roommates, friends, and my brother). I'm also a huge fan of the team — they were all so much fun to work with and incredibly smart. This was one of the best teams I've worked with and I'll miss some of them for sure.
However, I won't have to miss all of them. That's because our parent company, Salesforce, was very supportive and had roles for some of us to move over to. I'm pretty excited about it.
I had already been thinking about moving over to the Salesforce UX team because I was very impressed with the progress on their style guide I'd seen that they showed at Future of Web Design last month. And I'd been to a Salesforce UX meet up about a week or two ago before that, and was also impressed with all the work I saw that was presented. So it would appear the timing of my interest in them was just right. Starting December 16th, I will be joining the core UX team as a Senior Product Designer, and I'll get to work on style guides and prototypes to my heart's content. I could not be more excited!
Finally, I want to thank everyone who reached out to check up on me (and offered me jobs!) when the announcement went out. While it is sad that I won't get to work on Do anymore, I'm very excited for what I'll be working on going forward, and that I'll be working with a solid team on what I'm most passionate about. I am feeling very grateful right now and I look forward to getting started.