Chip Cullen

Simplicity comes with experience

Being able to confidently offer simple solutions that solve a problem is a hallmark of experience. Before even committing your fingers to a keyboard, experience will (hopefully) allow you to:

  • Question requirements. Is something truly necessary?
  • Get to the root business goal. People don’t just blindly ask for stuff without a reason - but getting to that real reason can take some digging.
  • Redefine success. Get others to see that simplicity and reliability trumps whiz-bang.

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Do the least amount possible

I’ve been thinking a lot about principles in front end development lately. Techniques come and go as technology evolves.

The how of things quickly changes. The why is much more timeless.

A principle that is emerging for me is simple: do the least amount possible.

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Accessible links without underlines

UPDATE - I’ve launched a new tool called The Contrast Triangle that helps you deal with this situation. You can read more about it at this blog post. When styling hyperlinks within blocks of text, sticking to the convention of underlines is always preferable. It’s clear, easily understood, and accessible.…

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The Strategic Job Hunt

Job hunting can be a messy, unorganized process.

After getting laid off, I found that there were a lot of things that I did which made me stay focused and productive when it came to my job hunt. I can’t say that any one of these ideas directly led to my new job, because it came in a way I didn’t expect.

The biggest lesson I can share with you would be to keep an open mind. You can’t predict where your new job will come from, or who will open that door. It could be that an opportunity might not meet some criteria that you set for yourself. Explore it, though, and see if there is a way that you can make it fit your needs.

These are the things that I did that helped me, and I hope they can help you:

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Surviving Getting Laid Off

Once upon a time I had a job that I loved. I had great teammates, and I was doing good work. I looked forward to getting to work every day. One day it came to an abrupt end.

I was laid off.

What I want to talk about is what came next. I felt like I did a lot of things to help deal with the trauma of losing a job that could help others.

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Why SVG is so cool (or: what happens when you're late to the party on something)

This post is more confessional than anything else. In 2014 one of the things I wanted to learn more about was SVG - Scalable Vector Graphics. Man, am I late to this party. I will confess that until very recently, I really didn’t know much about SVG, and had not really explored it or understood it.…

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Not Communicating is Not an Option

I was reminded of a basic, fundamental aspect of professionalism recently. I think this applies to any line of service work, no matter what the industry or client.

I had a bad experience this weekend with a contractor who was supposed to come to our house and do some work on some trees. They were supposed to show up at an appointed time, but didn’t. I called 45 minutes later, and I was told that they were at another job site, and would call back in a couple hours. They didn’t. It was basically radio silence all day long.

By the time I eventually did hear from the contractor, I had already reached out to another arborist to do the work instead.

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