Miriam Suzanne

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

current orgs

OddBird

accessible web software with human-centered design

Teacup Gorilla

dark indie-rock soundscapes with evocative poetry

CSS Tricks

blog for people who make websites

219 episodes

soon

CSS is Rad @ Smashing Conf NY

| New York, NY

resilient design on an infinite canvas

Advanced CSS Workshop @ Webconf.asia

| Hong Kong

with practical use-cases, tooling, and pitfalls

Dynamic CSS @ Webconf.asia

| Hong Kong

with grids & custom properties


2019

User Unfriendly @ Agnes Scott College

| Atlanta, GA

designing software for humans, with other humans

Queer Art & Reading @ Charis Books

| Atlanta, GA

A queer novel, in fragments of memory…

Dynamic CSS @ Develop Denver

| Denver, CO

with grids & custom properties

Agile Design Systems @ Agile Alliance

| Washington, DC

with meaningful code and automation

Design Systems & CSS @ Views on Vue

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

CSS Custom Properties @ Smashing Magazine

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

User Unfriendly @ Design 4 Drupal [keynote]

| Boston, MA

designing software for humans, with other humans

User Unfriendly @ Open Source Conference

| Denver, CO

designing software for humans, with other humans

PRF BBQ Denver @ The Bakery

dark indie-rock soundscapes with evocative poetry

Advanced CSS Workshop @ Generate New York

| San Francisco, CA

with practical use-cases, tooling, and pitfalls

Dynamic CSS @ Generate New York

| San Francisco, CA

with grids & custom properties

Has CSS finally come of age? @ Creative Bloq

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

Advanced CSS Workshop @ Smashing Conf

| San Francisco, CA

with practical use-cases, tooling, and pitfalls

Dynamic CSS @ Smashing Conf

| San Francisco, CA

with grids & custom properties

Vagina Monologues @ Firehouse Art Center

unofficial, autobiographical, trans-femme monologue

Dynamic CSS @ VueConf US

| Tampa, FL

with grids & custom properties

Dynamic CSS Interview @ Thunder Nerds

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

User Unfriendly @ Agile Denver

| Denver, CO

designing software for humans, with other humans

2018

Fonts & more @ Views on Vue

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

Vagina Monologues @ The People’s Building

unofficial, autobiographical, trans-femme monologue

Dynamic CSS @ Front Range Front-End

| Denver, CO

with grids & custom properties

Outside The Room @ Denver Center for the Performing Arts

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

| Barcelona, Spain

with grids & custom properties

Ethics, ES6 in Practice, and Dynamic CSS @ TalkScript

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

| Carlsbad, CA

with grids & custom properties

Dynamic CSS @ CSSConf Argentina

| Buenos Aires, Argentina

with grids & custom properties

Rejecting Maleness @ Journal of Mennonite Writing

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?

Chosen Family (Thank You)

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

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

| Denver, CO

Minimalist music with fragments of memoir

Speaking of PrideGLBT Community Center

| Denver, CO

Minimalist music with fragments of memoir

Speaking of Pride @ Denver Public Library

| Denver, CO

Minimalist music with fragments of memoir

User UnfriendlyAIGA Colorado

| Denver, CO

designing software for humans, with other humans

User Unfriendly @ Creative Connections

| Denver, CO

designing software for humans, with other humans

User Unfriendly @ Metro State Mobile Prototyping

| Denver, CO

designing software for humans, with other humans

Agile Design Systems @ Front-End Front Range

| Denver, CO

with meaningful code and automation

JANE/EYRE @ The Bakery

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

Sex, Love, & RomancePS I Love You

“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.”

(Mis)Gender

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

“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

“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

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.

Body & Gender Fragments

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

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.

Justice [Under Construction]

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

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

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

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

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

An Interview with Miriam SuzanneCSS Tricks

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

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.

Miriam: A How-To Guide

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.

The In-Between @ Rio Mesa Center

a site-specific performance in the Utah desert

Jump Start Sass @ SitePoint

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.

2015

Herman: design docs @ OddBird

Design systems streamline development, communication, and consistency – but often rely on dedicated teams and extended budgets. We wanted a tool that helps create and maintain living style guides & pattern libraries in an agile process, and on a budget. Herman helps you keep your development process simple – and your UX consistent – as you iterate on patterns and scale over time.

User Unfriendly @ SassConf 2015

| Austin, TX

designing software for humans, with other humans

The In-Between @ Rio Mesa Center

a site-specific performance in the Utah desert

Sassy Toolkits @ Frontend Zurich

| Zurich, Switzerland

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

Sassy Toolkits @ WordCamp Denver

| Denver, CO

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

Riding SideSaddle* @ SpringGun Press

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

Link: Book – Learning Susy @ Zell Liew

Popular CSS layout framework used by Virgin America, The Smithsonian, and others

Accoutrement: design utils @ OddBird

Design systems must be meaningful to both humans and machines Accoutrement provides Sass design-token management that improves readability and consistency, while encouraging automation. These tools integrate with Herman, the OddBird pattern-library generator.

The Post-Obsolete BookELO Conference

in a Post-Obsolete World, as Represented by a Post-Obsolete Book About Dance

Teacup Gorilla @ Bouldering Poets Anniversary

dark indie-rock soundscapes with evocative poetry

2013

The Post-Obsolete Book @ Brakhage Center Media Arts

in a Post-Obsolete World, as Represented by a Post-Obsolete Book About Dance

The Post-Obsolete Book @ Media Archeology Lab | &Now Festival

in a Post-Obsolete World, as Represented by a Post-Obsolete Book About Dance

The Post-Obsolete Book @ SpringGun Journal, Issue 8

in a Post-Obsolete World, as Represented by a Post-Obsolete Book About Dance

True: unit-testing @ OddBird

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 test-runner integration and Mocha.

The Post-Obsolete Book @ Boulder Writer’s Workshop

in a Post-Obsolete World, as Represented by a Post-Obsolete Book About Dance

Teacup Gorilla @ Bouldering Poets

dark indie-rock soundscapes with evocative poetry

2012

Fuck The Muse @ The Operating System

a series of articles on creative process

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

| Milwaukee, WI

in a Post-Obsolete World, as Represented by a Post-Obsolete Book About Dance

The Post-Obsolete Book @ Leon Presents a Reading Series #6

in a Post-Obsolete World, as Represented by a Post-Obsolete Book About Dance

The Post-Obsolete Book @ post-obsolete.com

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.

Education @ Naropa Summer Writing Program

theater, code, and creative writing

Into the Green Green Mud @ greengreenmud.com

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

Rachel’s powerful vocals combine her Appalachian roots with a hard-rocking force. Mixed with the indie, post-rock-inspired experimentations of the band, they create a layered sound that aims for the gut and head.

Script – Missa Populi

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

Missa Populi @ PackingHouse Center for the Arts

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.

2009

A Murder One Less @ Boulder International Fringe Festival

| Denver, CO

multimedia performance & theater ensemble

Susy: layout toolkit @ OddBird

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

| Denver, CO

meta-media performance collective

2008

Untitled #39 @ Dresden Dolls

| Denver, CO

meta-media performance collective

The LIDA Project

| Denver, CO

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

2007

Countdown to Zero

| 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

| Goshen, IN

ensemble theater and event space

2006

Hello and Goodbye @ New World Arts

| Goshen, IN

ensemble theater and event space

Fear/Falling @ New World Arts

| Goshen, IN

ensemble theater and event space

2005

Sadomasochism @ New World Arts

| Goshen, IN

ensemble theater and event space

2004

Criminal Hearts @ New World Arts

| Goshen, IN

ensemble theater and event space

Every Other Day @ New World Arts

| Goshen, IN

ensemble theater and event space

In a Time of War @ New World Arts

| Goshen, IN

ensemble theater and event space

2003

2002

A Lie of the Mind @ New World Arts

| Goshen, IN

ensemble theater and event space

2001

The House of Yes @ New World Arts

| Goshen, IN

ensemble theater and event space

New World Arts

| 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.