Atomic Design: a quick review

So I checked out what’s currently available from Brad Frost‘s upcoming book, “Atomic Design”.

I must admit: as an internet netizen, I now suffer from a severe lack of focus for long-form. This, however, was an easy, rewarding read, and an interesting peek on Frost’s mind, too.

The two available chapters of Atomic Design uncover Frost’s very own way of deconstructing user interfaces and creating a modular framework for them, one that makes sense in the context of future-friendly UI and the processes needed for effectively creating it.

Personally I found the five-tier idea a bit clunky, as the separation between 2nd and 3rd levels (what Frost calls “molecules” and “organisms”) can be blurry. Then again, Atomic Design should be seen as a framework: a series of concepts and principles in which to base a UI design effort; it’s not meant to be a complete, set-in-stone way of doing things.

I can’t wait to read the last two chapters of the book once they’re available.

So many things, so little time.

So, I’ve hit an impasse.

Too many interests lead to too many projects. Plus I’m one of those persons that are more excited by starting something than by finishing it.

As years have come by, I’ve learned to manage myself in that respect. Less projects, more management. It all works up to a point, then I have to pick myself up again when the environment changes.

As for my blog and website, this means almost two months of having done the commitment (again) of updating them on a weekly basis. I’ve had not done this. Instead, other projects caught some of that time.

This is okay for some projects but not for others. Specially when it comes to learning: frequency and density are important.

So I’ve decided maybe I will redo the site again. And again. And again. Maybe that’s the way. Ever since An Event Apart Austin (which was awesome by the way), I’ve wanting to check out many different things and technologies, such as the full potential of SVGs. I’m also not satisfied at all with my current build configuration, and I want to explore tools like Grunt and Gulp.

So that’s that. Today is an off-day, a day that – thanks to circumstances – I am able to take for myself. I do have projects for today (I want to make some tasty pozole, clean up a bit…) but, above all, these days allow me to really figure out what can I do better this time.

What about you? Have you reached an impasse in your personal progress? What do you do to ensure you keep on track? Please reach me out at @sgenius. I’d love hearing about you.