Sass Map Magic

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

We’ll find ways to integrate maps into any project before we push them to their limits.


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In loving memory of Tante Annie

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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.

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Advanced CSS Workshop @ Webconf.asia

| Hong Kong

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

Dynamic CSS @ Webconf.asia

| 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

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.

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.

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.

Faster Layouts with CSS Grid @ Mozilla Developer [video]

CSS Grid has been available in most major browsers since early 2017, and it makes web layout more powerful than ever before. But complex-looking new syntax (line-names! grid-areas! minmax! fit-content! fr units!) and missing IE11 support can make it scary to many developers.

CSS is Rad @ Smashing Conf NY

| 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.

CSS Revert Video @ 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

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?

Videos, Articles, & Tools @ Mozilla Developer [video]

Over the summer, I’ve been working with Mozilla to help create a new resource for web professionals – with a mix of videos, articles, demos, and open source tools. Today, we’re excited to launch the video channel!

User Unfriendly @ Agnes Scott College

| Atlanta, GA

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

Queer Art & Reading @ Charis Books

| 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.

Dynamic CSS @ Develop Denver

| Denver, CO

Agile Design Systems @ Agile Alliance

| 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

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

PRF BBQ Denver @ The Bakery

Teacup Gorilla inhabits the venues of Denver, CO with dark indie-rock soundscapes and evocative poetry – often compared to early Modest Mouse, Explosions in the Sky, or the Velvet Underground.

Dynamic CSS @ Generate New York

| San Francisco, CA

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.

Last Bullet @ Seventh Circle Sessions [video]

live-filmed music video

Advanced CSS Workshop @ Smashing Conf

| 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

| San Francisco, CA

A Dark Plain @ Seventh Circle Sessions [video]

live-filmed music video

Vagina Monologues @ Firehouse Art Center

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

Dynamic CSS Interview @ Thunder Nerds

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

Don’t Use My Grid System @ Boulder Python

| 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.

2018

Fonts & more @ Views on Vue [podcast]

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

Dynamic CSS @ Front Range Front-End

| Denver, CO

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

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 @ CSSConf Argentina

| Buenos Aires, Argentina

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

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

| Denver, CO

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

Code Patterns @ Refresh Denver

| 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

“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

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

(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.

Code Patterns @ Front Range Front End

| Denver, CO

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.

Some Kind of Resistance Tour @ Open Grounds

| 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

| Charlottesville, VA

America Heard: Transitions

My friend Maureen Maloney asked to document my reaction to the 2016 election, as part of the America Heard film series. Working with Dana Forsberg and Katie Cook, we put together this short documentary — talking about trans rights, and completing one step of my legal name change. Thanks to Teacup Gorilla and Erin Rollman for joining in the fun!

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 [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.

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.

Sassy Toolkits @ Frontend Zurich

| Zurich, Switzerland

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

Sass Map MagicCSS Summit

| Online

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

Book – Learning Susy @ Zell Liew [[link]]

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.

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.

Sass Map MagicBlendConf

| Charlotte, NC

The Post-Obsolete BookELO Conference

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.

Album – Queen City Magnetic @ BandCamp

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.

2013

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.

2012

Fuck The Muse @ The Operating System

a series of articles on creative process

Collaboration & Queer Art @ Boulder Writers’ Workshop

interview with Richard Wall of the Boulder Writers’ Workshop

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

I studied these things

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 [script]

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.

Roller Skating With My CousinBINDERY | space

| Denver, CO

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

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.

2008

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui @ 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.

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

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.

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2001

No Degree @ Goshen College

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

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.