Blog

  • Cancer
    I’ve been working to write this post for a while now. I don’t know yet if I’ve got it quite right, but it’s a story I want to tell. About 2 months ago, I noticed a change down there. Bit embarrassing, right?! Despite this embarrassment, I eventually did what I […]
  • How to prototype with Tailwind and Vue in a single HTML file
    I can’t count the number of tech product ideas I’ve had over the years. Many were terrible. Most were not worth the focus. Some have proved to be absolutely worthwhile. 🙂 Now I’m a very visual person and there is nothing like translating an idea to a clickable and good-looking […]
  • My 4 most popular pens on Codepen
    For about a year I’ve had an account on codepen.io where I occasionally spin up a pen and play around with fun and interesting frontend ideas. This last year has seen me playing a lot with Vue JS and Tailwind, so most of my pens are artifacts of my learning […]
  • Our defintion of “ads” has become too narrow.
    Building a product is easy. Getting people to use or buy it is the hard part. We product marketers often turn to pay-per-click ad platforms (Google, Facebook, etc) to build out lead generation. This works and is great if you can get it to work for you. If you can […]
  • Build a process before you build the product
    I’ve been around the web agency space long enough to see a few patterns emerge. One of them is the “let’s get out of service and build product” pattern. Building something once and selling it X times is a bloody nice-sounding idea. Yes and no. I’ve done it a couple […]
  • The biggest product opportunity in WordPress right now
    There are actually 2. One is more obvious, and that is the opportunity to build and distribute libraries of block patterns. The second opportunity is less obvious and is the really interesting one IMHO. A new experience WordPress is 18 years old and for the first 16 of those years, […]
  • Why you should use flexbox for more maintainable buttons (and other components).
    In short, your components can be explicitly sized with their contents dynamically placed. Slow down there son! What? Let’s make a button. Just a simple one using some simple CSS. Not very pretty, but just enough to get the idea of a button on the page. Question: What’s the height […]
  • The thing before your thing
    So you need/want to acquire more users for your product. Ask yourself … What does our audience do right before they need the solution our product delivers? With an answer to that question, ask yourself : Can we solve a problem for that “thing before our thing” in a way […]
  • Before MVP
    The Minimal Viable Product is the default stick by which we measure taking action on a new idea. We have the “idea” and then we figure out what the simplest version of it is so we can take it to market and test. Makes heaps of sense! We don’t waste […]
  • 100 days of Tailwind CSS
    They say building in public keeps you focused and accountable. I’d say that’s true and is the reason I’ve never done it. I hate saying I’ll do something and not doing it. So committing to something in public is bloody intimidating for me. Well, I’m doing it. Welcome to 100 […]