html & bacon

The ramblings of a front-end dev

Building a community of speakers

One of the things I love most about Newcastle is the great community of meet-ups. As well as frontend NE there is Sunderland Digital, NUX Newcastle, JavaScript NE, Ladies of Code and PHP NE to name but a few. (You can find more at https://www.techdia...

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Reflections on running a first conference

When I started talking to Gavin, who ran both DIBI and Industry Conf, he said that “running a conference will be one of the most challenging things you ever do”, he wasn’t wrong. It seemed a natural progression from running a regular meet-up but I ma...

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Thoughts from DWP Digital design Patterns meet-up 2

If you missed it I did some thoughts from Meetup #1. for this meet-up the focus was navigation. The day was split into two parts — in the morning Craig did a deep dive into the agent service for Bereavement payment service. He talked about how they h...

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Story Sizing — the good the bad and the types

If you’ve ever worked on an agile team you’ve talked at length about story sizing. If you’ve never been involved it is the process of development teams giving a size to user stories, this can help (or hinder) various other parts of the team. The good...

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What is a component in a design system?

When we talk about design systems, a lot of time is spent talking about what a thing is, creating a shared understanding to what things are is just as important as what the names themselves. These things are thought about as getting progressively big...

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Thoughts from DWP Digital design Patterns meetup 1

One of the parts of my job I enjoy most is getting to spend time with the wider team and sharing what we are doing. Thursday, Craig and Simon hosted a patterns meet-up in Leeds. This work has stopped and started a few times now for various reasons, s...

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