Cleaning the Cruft

August 25, 2014

Cap Watkins had a good blog post about The Dark Corners of Your UI. In it, he talks about how there are parts of a product that can easily become neglected. At Shopify, we often have the same. We’ve recently assigned a designer to review a number of these dark corners and shine some light on them. Cap is right in that many product teams won’t give these areas much priority. As a product ma...

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Unmanaged

August 24, 2014

I've been a product manager for a year and a half. That came to an end this week and I'll be returning to a life of front-end development. Product management at Shopify has been in a bit of limbo for a few months while the CEO considered a possible restructuring. That restructuring happened. But what problem needed to be solved, organizationally? Shopify continues to grow, with many new teams sp...

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Consistency

August 22, 2014

I originally wrote this post about a month ago and never sent it. Things have since changed at Shopify. As a result, I have one more post to follow to wrap things up. I saw this tweet that asked, "When you group PMs, developers and designers by project, how do you maintain a consistent user experience and design?" I've read and heard about how Spotify (ahem, not Shopify, where I work) does it ...

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Rethinking the Grid

August 09, 2014

At Shopify, we’re rebuilding much of our front-end code for Shopify Admin. This is giving us the opportunity to re-evaluate why and how we build things. One of the first components that we decided to work on was the grid. 24 Column GridShopify has, for at least the last two and a half years that I’ve worked there, a 24 column, percentage-based grid. This type of grid is quite common in the i...

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