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


A collection of gaming systems.

February 21, 2023

Fun with Retro Handhelds

An incomplete guide to playing your favorite childhood games on the go.

Drake meme with Drake saying no to 'Get design system work on the roadmap' and yes to 'Let the roadmap inform the design system work'

February 17, 2023

Design System Diary (Part 1)

Chronicling the start of a new design system.

A view inside the United Center. The stadium is packed and the game is about to tip off.

January 15, 2023


When the life of a basketball fan transcends sports.

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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 Principal Design Systems Engineer at Turquoise Health. 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 Provi, Groupon, and elsewhere.


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.

I occasionally stream Office Hours, a Q&A and live-coding show about CSS, Design Systems and whatever else I'm currently working on. I also do gaming streams now and then.

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



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!

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