Improving collaboration between design and engineering with the power of design systems

Writing

Baby Owen at two days old, eyes closed, mouth in a subtle grin, holding his mom and dad's fingers

June 8, 2022

Owen

Reflections on being a new dad, again.

An older couple sitting among piles of stuff in a hoarder house

May 26, 2022

Refactoring MikeAparicio.com

Escaping a hoarder house of technical debt.

Sifu

February 21, 2022

Tips for beating Sifu

Lessons learned while earning Sifu's platinum trophy.

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Working

I have over 25 years experience making websites for individual entrepreneurs to large companies and everything in between. I'm currently a Senior Design Systems Engineer at Provi. I specialize in creating custom CSS frameworks that empower engineering teams to get from concept to production quickly, while writing little to no CSS.

In my spare time, I created Dogs of Dev and 11ty Recipes.

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

Streaming

A clickbait-style thumbnail with Mike throwing his hands up while screaming above a code block with some CSS that has a class of green that merely sets the color to green. A big red arrow with text in the Fortnite font reads WTF Tailwind. There is inexplicably an assault rifle from Call of Duty in the background.

Fridays from 1–3pm Central you can find me on Twitch for Office Hours, where I answer your questions on design systems, CSS, Eleventy, and other topics while doing some live-coding.

Each November I also do a 24-hour gaming stream called Extra Life to raise money for Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago.

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Speaking

I returned to Frontend Horse for the Halloween Spooktacular, where Alex Trost 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 Superfriendly's Dan Mall 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.

I love chatting about all things design systems and CSS. I'm available to speak on your podcast, stream or at your conference. Or we can just grab lunch!

Get in touch