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Hi! I'm Mike Aparicio, a Chicago-based web developer interested in helping companies large and small improve collaboration between design and engineering through the use of design systems.


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I have over 25 years experience making websites for individual entrepreneurs to large companies and everything in between. I'm currently the Senior Design Systems Engineer at Provi.

Read more about the work I've done at Groupon, The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and elsewhere.

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I returned to Frontend Horse for the Halloween Spooktacular, where Alex and I made a Halloween theme for the Frontend Horse website in 15 minutes using only design tokens.

On Some Antics, Ben Myers and I talked about using Hacktober as an opportunity to get into design systems while building a small system ourselves.

I built a basic design system for Frontend Horse and talked to Alex Trost about the process.

I gave a talk at the inaugural Eleventy Meetup called Templating: Eleventy's Superpower, where I demonstrated how to create an Eleventy site in ~10 minutes.

I spoke with Dan Mall at Superfriendly on Get It Out of Your System about how communication is one of the biggest challenges in establishing a design system.

On the Command Z Podcast, I talked to Layshi Curbelo about how design systems help improve collaboration between designers and engineers.

At University of Illinois' WebCon 2019, I gave a talk called Lessons From the Coupon Factory, where I shared the evolution of Groupon's design system.