OddBird

Meet the Birds…

Miriam Suzanne

Co-Founder & Project Manager

Miriam leads the OddBird process, working with clients and users to set priorities and find solutions to their unique problems. She is a user-experience expert, and a pioneer of modern CSS techniques – creating the popular Susy responsive-grid toolkit, and True unit-testing library. Miriam is a staff writer for CSS Tricks, co-author of SitePoint’s Jump Start Sass, and an internationally known conference speaker, winning “Best of” CSS Dev Conf in 2017. She is also a multimedia artist with extensive experience in theatre, writing, music, and visual art.

Featured Talks

Agile Design Systems

A talk on how we automate style documentation by building patterns directly into our code.

Dynamic CSS: Layouts & Beyond

Learn to integrate design and code to isolate components and automate style documentation with a design system built for your needs.

User Unfriendly

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

Planning Your Web Project

A non-technical guide for taking your project from concept to launch, without ever losing sight of the goals.

Featured Workshops

Featured Videos

Event Schedule

Don’t Use My Grid System at Covalence Conference

on in San Francisco, CA

Miriam (the creator of Susy) will show you the history of web layout, how grid systems work, and practical tips to avoid using them. For those few cases where a grid really is required, we’ll talk about the best ways to roll your own, so you’re not relying on a bloated library to make decisions for you. We’ll also look at the new layout toys — from flexbox to CSS Grid — and how to get started with only a few lines of code.

Upcoming Appearances

Speaking History

JSConf US

on in Carlsbad, CA

Open Source Contributions

core developer

creator



Beyond Tellerand

Talk: Don’t Use My Grid System (with Vue Invaders!)

I love when conferences give me the opportunity to travel around the world. I love it even more when conferences go beyond the web to find inspiration from other fields. Beyond Tellerand (Düsseldorf, Germany) was the best possible combination.

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VueConf US

Talk: Agile Design Systems in Vue

I’ve been excited about Vue.js since Sarah Drasner first showed me the basics. Since then, we’ve started using it for client work at OddBird, and I’m constantly impressed by the power and simplicity – so it was a real honor being invited to speak at the first VueConf US in New Orleans.

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Herman Style Guides

An agile approach to design systems on a budget

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

Today we’re launching Herman 1.0 as a free, open source project for anyone to use and make contributions. Check out the full documentation, or contact us for help putting your design system in place.

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Media Queries & Grid Settings

Practical media helpers for Susy3

Most grids change with the viewport – and Susy needs new settings at each breakpoint. Susy3 is designed without mixins for complete flexibility from project to project, but it can be useful to build additional tools and shortcuts as you go. Here are some snippets to help you get started working with Susy across different media queries.

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Welcome to Susy3!

Make grid systems your fallback plan

We’re excited to introduce Susy 3.0, a major update to our popular grid-math calculator – now more focused and flexible than ever. Susy was designed to make layout math easy, without forcing you into generic patterns and ugly markup. But grid systems are on the way out, replaced by real CSS layout specs that live in the browser. With Susy3, we want to help make that a smooth transition.

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Understanding Spread in Susy3

Susy 3.0 will be released in the next week, if all goes well, and there’s a lot to write about it. I wanted to start with a detailed overview of one core concept: spread.

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Making Function Calls Across Sass Versions

You don’t need safe-get-function utilities

The Sass 3.5 Release Candidate includes support for first-class functions. What are they, how do we use them, and what tools can we use to future-proof our Sass toolkits in advance?

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Code Patterns & Style Guides

Living Style Guide documentation on the web is a difficult problem, gaining a lot of attention in the last few years. Let’s take an in-depth look at one way to store patterns directly in Sass, and generate documentation automatically.

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We Are Not Neutral: 2016 in Review

OddBird is a small company – a shared vision and brand that transforms seven remote contractors into a Web Software Agency. 2016 was a year of big changes for us, individually and as a company. We can’t distance ourselves from the world we work in, or the lives of our members, colleagues, and clients. Software is never neutral, and neither are we. There’s work to do.

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SitePoint: Live Q&A with Miriam

I did a live Q&A at SitePoint back in August. We talked about customizing Susy for your needs, why you might not need a grid system, other tools I’m working on, and how to select or build your own toolkits.

It was a wild two-hours of typing as fast as I could, and hoping to sound intelligent. Thanks for asking the questions!

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Ask us anything.

We’re happy to answer your questions, big or small. If we’re a good fit for your custom web project, we’ll offer a free in-depth assessment!

Schedule a call with Miriam