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RAPIDFIRE pew pew! We follow up on vertical rhythm with Tim Brown, talk data storage options on the web, charging for refactoring, A/B testing, and when to get a lawyer involved.

Q & A

  • 18:20 I was wondering what your specific thoughts were on MongoDB.
  • 29:40 We’ve recently embarked on a department restructure, but the problem is we can’t settle on a name that reflects what our team offers, or whether we should even remain one department. Do you have any experience with this type of challenge, or any thoughts on how we can manage it as strategically as possible?
  • 36:00 My question is when to use flex box vs the new specification CSS grid layout?
  • 39:20 Say you spent 20 hours doing much needed refactoring — How do you prevent your client from having a heart attack after presenting so many hours of no visible results? Do you educate them about technical debt and charge them in full, or do you subtract an arbitrary amount of hours?
  • 43:00 How do you guys deal with compiled files in Git within a team setting? Any articles, links, tutorials you have came across?
  • 49:40 I would love to hear your experiences or thoughts on the topic of A/B testing and Multi Variant Testing. Have either of you done site opt tests?
  • 57:50 How do you handle terms of use and privacy policies both for your clients and for your own projects? At what point do you feel you need to hire a legal professional, and what is a good approach for doing so?

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  • Tim Brown

    Dave and Chris, thanks for sharing my thoughts. I wrote this related article for Dear Design Student, called “Math is not God: Do not fear, do not worship”: https://deardesignstudent.com/math-is-not-god-do-not-fear-do-not-worship-404f3674a8ca#.8jiqp21ij

    Loved Chris’ point about considering context as you decide on a scale. Think about multiple elements, multiple layouts, and white space relationships among elements as they flex.

    Also loved Dave’s GitHub example and general type nerdery. Know what? It doesn’t matter whether GitHub used a modular scale for its typography. What matters is that it feels great. Modular scales reliably give my work that great feeling, so I use them. YMMV.

    Love the show, guys. Thank you so much for doing it!