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Charlotte and I came up with a fun exercise today to help a client’s dev team to think of patterns at the granular level—something that had been proving difficult to get across.

We print out page designs, hand them some scissors, and get them to cut up the pages into their smallest components. Mix them all up so you can’t even tell which components came from which pages.

Then—after grouping duplicate patterns together—everyone takes a component and codes it up in HTML and CSS. As soon as you’re finished with one pattern, grab another.

Rinse and repeat.

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@adactio Bonus points if you can correctly localise basket / cart / trolley / trundler / etc when they select their country.

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Previously on this day

7 years ago I wrote Anniversary

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8 years ago I wrote Left to our own devices

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16 years ago I wrote Songs from the web

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18 years ago I wrote The Trash Compactor Debate

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