Good Things

Folks in design and technology have a tendency towards negativity. Any day of the week you can read Twitter, blog posts, and have conversations with co-workers and hear people declare, with self-appointed authority, that anything they don’t find value in is bad.

Here’s a non-exhaustive, unordered list of things about my work—maybe yours too—that are good.

  • HTML is good
  • The WHATWG is good
  • CSS is good
  • The CSSWG is good
  • Sass is good
  • PostCSS is good
  • CSS-in-JS is good
  • CSS Modules is good
  • Sketch app is good
  • Photoshop is good
  • Illustrator is good
  • Affinity Designer is good
  • Paying for fonts is good
  • JavaScript is good
  • jQuery is good
  • React is good
  • React Native is good
  • Redux is good
  • Redux Thunk is good
  • Redux Saga is good
  • node is good
  • Babel is good
  • webpack is good
  • rollup.js is good
  • gulp is good
  • Metalsmith is good
  • Handlebars is good
  • Prettier is good
  • npm is good
  • yarn is good
  • Python is good
  • Django is good
  • Flask is good
  • PyPI is good
  • PHP is good
  • Ruby is good
  • Rails is good
  • Atom is good
  • TextWrangler is good
  • Vim is good
  • RSS is good
  • Server-side rendering is good
  • Client-side rendering is good
  • Progressive enhancement is good
  • Being positive is good
  • Being earnest is good
  • Being kind is good

There are infinite more things that are good about being a designer and engineer. If you read my list and thought; “Thing X is also good, why isn’t it on your list?”. It’s not that I don’t think thing X is good. It’s either that I; didn’t think of it, or don’t have enough knowledge about it to know it’s good. For those, I encourage you to make your own list of Good Things.

Thanks for reading