• Hello lovely
    I’m Miriam. I make art & software that celebrate the queer complexity of human experience.

    current orgs

    OddBird

    Co-Founder: accessible web software with human-centered design

    Grapefruit Lab

    Co-Founder: multimedia performance laboratory & theater ensemble

    Teacup Gorilla

    Bass & Vocals: dark indie-rock soundscapes with evocative poetry

    CSS Tricks

    Staff Writer: blog for people who make websites

    Sass

    Core Contributor: CSS with superpowers

    Mozilla Developer

    DevRel Contractor: Videos, articles, & tools from Mozilla (and OddBird)

    320 episodes

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    Resilient Web Systems @ Smashing Conf Austin

    | workshop | Austin, TX

    Take full advantage of the universal web, and reduce maintenance over the long term with resilient HTML & CSS systems.

    CSS is Rad @ Smashing Conf Austin

    | talk | Austin, TX

    Depending who you ask, CSS is either awesome or broken. CSS is not a programming language, unless it is. CSS is too simple and entirely too difficult. CSS is weird – not like other languages, and not like print design either – but trapped in a strange middle ground with unique rules and constraints.

    Advanced CSS & Sass @ Webconf.asia

    | workshop | Hong Kong

    From building beautiful sites to maintaining complex design systems across applications, CSS is the web-language of design.

    Dynamic CSS @ Webconf.asia

    | talk | Hong Kong

    Don’t let the declarative syntax fool you – CSS is a powerful and dynamic programming language. It’s time to start moving style logic back into the language designed for it.


    2019

    Selector Support Queries @ Mozilla Developer

    | video

    Firefox 69 was the first to implement selector feature queries, but other browsers are following suit. I’ll show you how it works, and how to start using this new feature query right away.

    CSS is Rad @ Front Range Front End

    | talk | Denver, CO

    Overflow-Wrap in CSS @ Mozilla Developer

    | video

    Horizontal text overflow has always been difficult to manage on the web. The default visible overflow is designed to make sure content remains accessible no matter the size of a containing box, but it’s not our only option.

    CSS Most Normalizer-est

    | lol

    Why waste your time on half-measures? Make your site THE MOST NORMALEST with this ULTIMATE CSS RESET.

    Scroll Snap in CSS @ Mozilla Developer

    | video

    When we’re scrolling down a page, or through a gallery of images, snap-targets can help guide us from one section or image to the next. In the past, developers have used JavaScript to hijack scrolling, but now we can manage scroll alignment directly in CSS with only a few lines of code.

    On Sass & CSS @ Shop Talk Show

    | podcast

    I drop by the show to talk about Sass in 2019, design tokens, Oddbird, unused CSS, new CSS properties, and Dave & Chris’ explanation of revert.

    Inner & Outer Values of the Display Property @ Mozilla Developer

    | video

    The display property has been in CSS from the beginning, handling everything from block and inline boxes to list-items and full layout systems like flexbox or grid. Now the display syntax is getting an upgrade to match it’s multiple uses.

    Why isn’t this CSS doing anything? @ Mozilla Developer

    | video

    There are a number of property & value combinations that can lead to CSS being inactive, and now Firefox will tell you why. Open the developer tools, and look for the greyed-out property with an info-box on hover.

    Laying out Forms using Subgrid @ Mozilla Developer

    | video

    It’s a common pattern to align form labels and inputs in grid-like layout. I’ll show you how to do it quickly using CSS subgrid, with several quick fallbacks.

    Subgrid for Better Card Layouts @ Mozilla Developer

    | video

    Card layouts are popular on the web, rows and columns of boxes with similar content. CSS grids can help align those cards, but it’s still be hard to line-up content inside the cards – headers and footers that might need more or less room.

    CSS is Rad @ Smashing Conf NY

    | talk | New York, NY

    Depending who you ask, CSS is either awesome or broken. CSS is not a programming language, unless it is. CSS is too simple and entirely too difficult. CSS is weird – not like other languages, and not like print design either – but trapped in a strange middle ground with unique rules and constraints.

    Faster Layouts with CSS Grid @ Mozilla Developer

    | video

    For years, we’ve struggled to build resilient layouts on the web, but CSS Grid promises to change all that – and you can start using it now, with only a few properties and basic concepts.

    CSS Revert @ Mozilla Developer

    | video

    I’ve often used initial and unset in my CSS – global keywords that can be applied to any property. The difference is small, but important: unset allows inheritance, while initial does not. But then Firefox implemented revert and I was confused – how is this one different from the others?!

    Introducing Sass ModulesCSS Tricks

    | article

    Sass recently launched a new module system. The new syntax will replace @import with @use and @forward – a big step forward for making Sass partials more readable, performant, and safe.

    Why is CSS so Weird? @ Mozilla Developer

    | video

    CSS is the design language of the web – one of three core web languages – but it also seems to be the most contentious and often perplexing. It’s too easy and too hard, too fragile and too resilient. Love it or hate it, CSS is weird: not quite markup, not quite programming in the imperative sense, and nothing like the design programs we use for print. How did we get here?

    Styling Lists in CSS @ Mozilla Developer

    | video

    When you create lists in HTML, browsers add bullet-points or numbers we call list markers. Now CSS gives us the tools to style those list markers, and even create our own!

    In loving memory of Tante Annie

    | theater

    Based on a series of interviews with Annie in 2003, this play was produced first by Goshen College as a runner-up for the International Peace Play Contest, and then in collabiration with New World Arts for my senior thesis production.

    User Unfriendly @ Agnes Scott College

    | talk | Atlanta, GA

    A project-manager’s reflections on human-centered problem-solving, client communication, and user feedback in agile web development.

    Queer Art @ Charis Books

    | reading | Atlanta, GA

    A fragmented memory of friendship – navigating fluid genders, relationships, and bodies that resist order, category, or completion. Inspired by Margaret Clap, and the many myths of Hermaphroditus.

    F*CSS

    | lol

    In the CSS naming-convention arms race to lowest specificity, I’ve decided to only use universal * selectors. I call it F*CSS.

    Dynamic CSS @ Develop Denver

    | talk | Denver, CO

    Agile Design Systems @ Agile Alliance

    | talk | Washington, DC

    Style Guides & Pattern Libraries are great tools for documenting the relationships between code and design, but beautiful docs are only half the battle.

    Design Systems & CSS @ Views on Vue

    | podcast

    We start by talking about design systems and design tooling – how they differ, and the problems they solve.

    CSS Custom Properties @ Smashing Magazine

    | code

    Pushing past the “variable” metaphor, CSS Custom Properties can provide new ways to balance context and isolation in our patterns and components.

    Dynamic CSS @ Generate New York

    | talk | San Francisco, CA

    Has CSS finally come of age? @ Creative Bloq

    | interview

    Steve Jenkins interviews me about the state of CSS, and what’s coming next for the language – from Intrinsic Design to Dynamic CSS.

    Last Bullet @ Seventh Circle Sessions

    | music video

    live-filmed music video

    Advanced CSS & Sass @ Smashing Conf

    | workshop | San Francisco, CA

    From building beautiful sites to maintaining complex design systems across applications, CSS is the web-language of design.

    Dynamic CSS @ Smashing Conf

    | talk | San Francisco, CA

    A Dark Plain @ Seventh Circle Sessions

    | music video

    live-filmed music video

    Vagina Monologues @ Firehouse Art Center

    | theater

    I was invited to perform a Vagina Monologue, and ended up writing my own.

    On Dynamic CSS @ Thunder Nerds

    | podcast

    Thunder Nerds interview me before her talk at VueConf US 2019.

    Dynamic CSS @ VueConf US

    | talk | Tampa, FL

    Don’t Use My Grid System @ Boulder Python

    | talk | Boulder, CO

    Explore the history of web layout with the creator of Susy – why grid systems exist, how they work, and practical tips to avoid using them.

    Celebration, Florida @ square product theatre

    | theater

    an un-rehearsed play by Greg Wohead

    2018

    Fonts & more @ Views on Vue

    | podcast

    The panel and the guest talk about grid systems, fonts, and more!

    Teacup Gorilla @ Ross-Cherry Creek Library

    | music | Denver, CO

    Dynamic CSS @ Front Range Front-End

    | talk | Denver, CO

    Outside The Room @ Denver Center for the Performing Arts

    | theater

    A family struggles to find humanity and normalcy in a world made uncertain and strange after the transformation and “othering” of one of their own. This physical theatre piece imagines what happens on the other side of the iconic door in Kafka’s Metamorphosis.

    Dynamic CSS @ Full Stack Fest

    | talk | Barcelona, Spain

    Ethics, ES6 in Practice, and Dynamic CSS @ TalkScript

    | podcast

    On Episode 18, the TalkScript team continues the live-ish at JSConfUS podcast series with guests Myles Borins, Tim Doherty, and Miriam Suzanne. Listen in!

    Dynamic CSS @ JSConf US

    | talk | Carlsbad, CA

    Dynamic CSS @ CSSConf Argentina

    | talk | Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Rejecting Maleness @ Journal of Mennonite Writing

    | article

    The Journal of Mennonite Writing asked me to submit for their queer issue. I don’t identify as Mennonite, but I did grow up in the church, so I asked my friends what to write about. They suggested the common question: In a world without rigid gender roles, would anyone need to be trans?

    Not the UMS @ Remixed Gifts

    | music | Denver, CO

    Chosen Family (Thank You)

    | article

    Yesterday, I shared an article about my impending surgery, and a request for help – both social and financial – as I go through this. I was embarrassed to ask, and not sure what to expect, but your response has been swift and overwhelming. I can’t thank you enough, but I’ll keep trying.

    Mia’s Medical Upgrade

    | article

    Denver Health has started offering vaginoplasty in addition to their other trans medical services. While I’ve been on the waitlist for various surgeons around the country, Denver Health called me this week to give me a date: September 10, less than two months away.

    Speaking of Pride @ Invisible City

    | music | Denver, CO

    An LGBT concert of writers and composers by the Playground Ensemble, with three works by LGBT authors and the composers.

    User Unfriendly @ Metro State Mobile Prototyping

    | talk | Denver, CO

    JANE/EYRE @ The Bakery

    | theater

    We are not here to flatter egotism, or prop up humbug; we are merely telling the [queer] story. We value what is good in the book; but we believe in the existence of other, and more vivid kinds of goodness.

    2017

    Teacup Gorilla @ 7th Circle Music Collective

    | music | Denver, CO

    Teacup Gorilla @ Syntax Physic Opera

    | music | Denver, CO

    Code Patterns @ Refresh Denver

    | talk | Denver, CO

    Style Guides & Pattern Libraries are great tools for documenting the relationships between code and design, but beautiful docs are only half the battle.

    Sex, Love, & RomancePS I Love You

    | article

    “I don’t have many guy friends, but my guitarist is one. Parting, I lean in for the cheek-kiss but he plants a good one right on my lips.”

    More CSS Charts, with Grid & Custom PropertiesCSS Tricks

    | article

    Inspired by Robin Rendle, I demonstrate some of my early experiments combining CSS Grids and custom properties to create dynamic layouts and data-visualizations.

    Anti-UMS Fest @ 1010 Workshop

    | music | Denver, CO

    (Mis)Gender

    | article

    At the family vacation in Moab, everyone is doing their best. It’s not enough, and my day is peppered with the wrong name and pronouns. I hide in my room through dinner so they won’t see me crying.

    Shifting Nouns @ Twined Fragments

    | article

    “I’ve seen myself in the mirror. I find me… disorienting. What do they see that I don’t? Why aren’t they laughing at me?”

    Mothers, Fathers, Husbands, Wives @ Twined Fragments

    | article

    “Mother finds me at her wardrobe, in her pumps and pearls. What are you doing? Being a mommy. Are you, then? She clips on the earrings (they pinch!), reaches for her lipstick.”

    Fun with Viewport UnitsCSS Tricks

    | article

    Viewport units have been around for several years now, with near-perfect support in the major browsers, but I keep finding new and exciting ways to use them. I thought it would be fun to review the basics, and then round-up some of my favorite use-cases.

    Code Patterns @ Front Range Front End

    | talk | Denver, CO

    A Leon Affair @ Leon Gallery

    | reading | Denver, CO

    Body & Gender Fragments

    | article

    I wasn’t born in the wrong body. I was born, a body. Without my body, I don’t exist.

    Getting Started with CSS GridCSS Tricks

    | video

    It feels like CSS Grid has been coming for a long time now, but it just now seems to be reaching a point where folks are talking more and more about it and that it’s becoming something we should learning.

    ACLU Benefit @ The Bakery

    | music | Denver, CO

    Some Kind of Resistance Tour @ Open Grounds

    | journal | Charlottesville, VA

    It’s been a month since our country pseudo-elected a bigoted blow-hard for president. I’m heading to DC to protest his inauguration in January, visit friends, and go on a mixed-media resistance tour…

    Losing ControlUVA Scholars’ Lab

    | talk | Charlottesville, VA

    Code Patterns @ Gotham Sass

    | talk | New York, NY

    Justice [Under Construction]

    | journal

    I’m still reeling from this year of insults,  a traumatizing campaign turned traumatic election. I’m not sad about a contest lost, but what those results mean for real people around me. 2016 is over, but 2017 is going to be even harder.

    2016

    Some Clarifications on Trans Language

    | article

    There’s a lot of language that gets thrown around, but much of it comes loaded with over-simplified baggage and misconceptions. Here are a few that have been on my mind – from gender identity to biological sex, transition, passing, and visibility.

    Some Kind of Resistance Tour

    | journal

    It’s been a month since our country pseudo-elected a bigoted blow-hard for president. I’m heading to DC to protest his inauguration in January, visit friends, and go on a mixed-media resistance tour…

    Loops in CSS PreprocessorsCSS Tricks

    | article

    No matter what acronym drives your selectors (BEM, OOCSS, SMACSS, ETC), loops can help keep your patterns more readable and maintainable, baking them directly into your code. We’ll take a look at what loops can do, and how to use them in the major CSS preprocessors.

    *Beyond Pixels Profile @ Net Magazine

    | interview

    Miriam Suzanne creates experimental experiences with her band and her fellow developers.

    An Interview with Miriam SuzanneCSS Tricks

    | article

    Chris Coyier interviews Miriam when she joins the CSS Tricks team as a Staff Writer. We talk about gettting started in the industry, name confusion, fouding OddBird, building Susy, and more.

    Versioning Show, Episode 8 @ SitePoint

    | podcast

    In this episode of the Versioning Show, Tim and David are joined by Miriam Suzanne, best known for Susy, a responsive layout toolkit for Sass. They discuss going from being a lurker to finding your voice, the importance of writing about what you’re learning, stumbling into fame, approaching new projects, and unit testing in Sass.

    Sass Map Magic @ CSSConf 2016

    | talk | Boston, MA

    Maps are a powerful data type in Sass – perfect for managing color and scale palettes, framework configuration, data storage, and more.

    Teacup Gorilla @ Syntax Physic Opera

    | music | Denver, CO

    Miriam: A How-To Guide

    | article

    There are some questions that come up again and again if you are trans. A few of those questions are terrible, but most of them are well-intentioned. I’m lucky to have a supportive community around me, so I thought I’d write down my most common answers to help ease your stress about getting it right, and ease my stress about answering the same questions over and over.

    Underground Music Showcase @ Illegal Pete’s

    | music

    Founded in 2001, The UMS is an annual three-day celebration of music featuring hundreds of bands across multiple venues.

    MoonConf @ Galvanize Boulder

    | music | Boulder, CO

    The In-Between @ Rio Mesa Center

    | theater

    a site-specific performance in the Utah desert

    Teacup Gorilla @ The Squire Lounge

    | music | Denver, CO

    Code Patterns @ Clarity

    | talk | San Francisco, CA

    Jump Start Sass @ SitePoint

    | book

    Using Sass, you can write your stylesheets in a more concise, dynamic, and readable way, and cut down many of the repetitive tasks that come with writing vanilla CSS. This book provides a thorough introduction to Sass for the beginner.

    Teacup Gorilla @ 7th Circle Music Collective

    | music | Denver, CO

    Teacup Gorilla @ 7th Circle Music Collective

    | music | Denver, CO

    2015

    Herman @ OddBird

    | project

    Design systems streamline development, communication, and consistency – but often rely on dedicated teams and extended budgets.

    Sassy Toolkits @ Frontend Zurich

    | talk | Zurich, Switzerland

    a case-study in building and sharing open-source Sass

    Species of the Stars @ The Bakery

    | music video | Denver, CO

    We’re excited to be part of the single release for Species of the Stars by our good friends Open to the Hound!

    EP Release Party @ Hi Dive

    | album | Denver, CO

    Teacup Gorilla’s debut album

    Departure Tour @ Tennyson’s Tap

    | music | Denver, CO

    Sass Map Magic @ Future Insights Live

    | talk | Las Vegas, NV

    Teacup Gorilla @ G***y House Cafe

    | music | Denver, CO

    Teacup Gorilla @ Merchant’s Mile High Saloon

    | music | Denver, CO

    Riding SideSaddle* @ SpringGun Press

    | novel

    A fragmented memory of friendship – navigating fluid genders, relationships, and bodies that resist order, category, or completion. Inspired by Margaret Clap, and the many myths of Hermaphroditus.

    2014

    Accoutrement @ OddBird

    | project

    Design systems must be meaningful to both humans and machines Accoutrement provides Sass design-token management that improves readability and consistency, while encouraging automation.

    Teacup Gorilla @ Pikes Peak Brewing Co.

    | music | Monument, CO

    The Post-Obsolete BookELO Conference

    | project

    An archival rhizome ecology in ten parts, and a reflection on the obsolescence of obsolescence – documented on the cloud, and open-sourced as a defense against post-post-obsolescence.

    Teacup Gorilla @ Pikes Peak Brewing Co.

    | music | Monument, CO

    Queen City Magnetic @ BandCamp

    | album

    Not our album, but we did write a few of the songs…

    2013

    Teacup Gorilla @ Herman’s Hideaway

    | music | Denver, CO

    True @ OddBird

    | project

    True is a full-featured unit-testing library for Sass. The core functionality is written in pure SassScript, so it can be used anywhere Sass is compiled. Advanced features are available with our JS test-runner integration.

    2012

    Fuck The Muse @ The Operating System

    | article

    a series of articles on creative process

    Collaboration & Queer Art @ Boulder Writers’ Workshop

    | interview

    interview with Richard Wall of the Boulder Writers’ Workshop

    The Post-Obsolete BookSLSA 2012 – Electronic Literature and the Nonhuman

    | project | Milwaukee, WI

    The Post-Obsolete Book @ post-obsolete.com

    | project

    An archival rhizome ecology in ten parts, and a reflection on the obsolescence of obsolescence – documented on the cloud, and open-sourced as a defense against post-post-obsolescence.

    Into the Green Green Mud @ greengreenmud.com

    | novel

    A novel about new love, moving apart, and what comes next. A love story, and an after-love story – told wiith poetry and pictures.

    2010

    Raven Jane @ BandCamp

    | org

    For a few years, Teacup Gorilla performed & recorded music with Rachel Eisenstat – initially as Iron City, and later as Raven Jane.

    Iron City @ BandCamp

    | album

    For a few years, Teacup Gorilla performed & recorded music with Rachel Eisenstat – initially as Iron City, and later as Raven Jane.

    Fundraiser @ The Packing House

    | music | Denver, CO

    Missa Populi

    | script

    A modern, theatrical interpretation of the Catholic Mass – created by Grapefruit Lab and Teacup Gorilla.

    Missa Populi @ PackingHouse Center for the Arts

    | theater

    Combining the sacrifice, transcendence, blood, and circumstance of the Catholic Mass with history, live music, science, dance, literature, and pop culture to find a wholly modern communion experience. What we have left is our selves, broken and battered, but surviving together.

    Roller Skating With My CousinBINDERY | space

    | theater | Denver, CO

    Part science lab, part disco, Roller Skating With My Cousin is a lively, dark romp in which synchronized roller skaters build a tower under a star-flecked mirror ball sky.

    2009

    A Murder One LessBINDERY | space

    | theater

    She is a plain and pensive woman. He is a rather ordinary man who lives in an extraordinary house. This house does algebraic equations and plots violence. One evening, woman, man, and house collide; not all of them survive.

    Susy @ OddBird

    | project

    Susy is a lightweight grid-layout engine for Sass, designed to simplify and clarify responsive grid layouts without ever getting in your way. Originally released in 2009, Susy has become one of the most popular layout frameworks on the web.

    RAIN/ of terrorBINDERY | space

    | theater | Denver, CO

    The citizens are easily roused and swayed, as a culture of fear infects the city with the constant threat of execution.

    2008

    The Anonymous Mr. W.BINDERY | space

    | theater | Denver, CO

    Inspired by Georg Büchner’s unfinished masterpiece, Woyzeck, The LIDA Project reinterprets the story of a young soldier returning from the horrors of war.

    (#9) The Resistible Rise of Arturo UiBINDERY | space

    | theater

    A parable play and fantastic spectacle, warning of the dangers of a desperate populace handing over power to a corrupt leader.

    Untitled #39 | Dresden Dolls @ Bluebird Theater

    | theater | Denver, CO

    We created this site-specific and interactive performance as an opening act for the Dresden Dolls – performed in the lobby.

    (#10) My Name Is Rachel Corrie @ Countdown to Zero

    | theater | Las Vegas, NV

    Rachel Corrie (April 10, 1979 – March 16, 2003) was an American member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) who traveled to the Gaza Strip during the Al-Aqsa Intifada. She was killed when she tried to obstruct a Caterpillar D9 armored bulldozer o perated by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF.)

    The LIDA Project

    | theater | Denver, CO

    Founded in 1995, The LIDA Project is a meta-media art collective dedicated to experimental live performance.

    2007

    Countdown to Zero

    | theater | Denver, CO

    Countdown to Zero is a political theatre collective established in 2007 by Brian Freeland & Julie Rada. The collective has committed to a series of 10 theatrical works (10 counting down to zero) at which time the collective will disband.

    Bigger Guns III @ New World Arts

    | theater | Goshen, IN

    Founded in 1998 as New World Players, we produced original & alternative ensemble theater for over a decade – along with an art gallery and event space.

    2006

    Fear/Falling @ New World Arts

    | theater | Goshen, IN

    2005

    Sadomasochism @ New World Arts

    | theater | Goshen, IN

    2004

    2003

    In a Time of War

    | script

    Reflections of a Mennonite holocaust survivor after the war

    Antony & Cleopatra @ Oregon Shakespeare Festival

    | theater

    A glittering tragedy, a passionate romance, and an internship opportunity.

    2002

    2001

    No Degree @ Goshen College

    | education

    I studied theater, writing, and visual art at Goshen College – but never took those 2 final classes required for graduation.

    New World Arts

    | theater | Goshen, IN

    Founded in 1998 as New World Players, we produced original & alternative ensemble theater for over a decade – along with an art gallery and event space.