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Pat Dryburgh

Pat Dryburgh is a designer based in Vancouver, BC.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-14 05:53

This article from Segment’s Jeroen Ransijn was a real gut punch for me. I recently attempted to apply the exact same strategy to a project I’m currently working on, but differs from my experience as I have thus far failed in my execution.

Where I think I went wrong was when I decided against bringing the newly created design system into an older, existing project I was later asked to help with. My reasoning at the time was to avoid conflicts with the multiple other design libraries already in use by developers who had worked on the project before I joined. This decision has prevented me from being able to continue evangelizing the design system I had created to the organization, leaving my poor design system in the dust.

Jeroen’a excellent article is part of a new ongoing project called DesignSystems.com, “a resource for learning, creating, and evangelizing design systems” by Figma1. Really excited to dig deeper into this resource over the next few days.

  1. The collaborative design tool I wish Danny Robinson and I would have thought to create back in 2013 while we used Google Slides to remotely design Perch 3.0. 

Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-14 02:49

It’s days like today when I wish god existed so I could yell at it.

Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-11 17:06

Pushed a minor update to my site last night to use the new CSS Grid Layout Module for its layout. There are still a few quirks here and there, so please let me know if you spot anything out of place.

Permalink - Posted on 2018-04-23 16:31

Having worked in Uganda on a project dedicated to improving financial inclusion in sub-Saharan Africa, I’m incredibly saddened to hear that the Ugandan government is considering a tax increase on mobile money transactions.

If you want to get a sense of the injustice being inflicted on the people of Uganda by the telecom industry and their own government, read this article.

(via Ray Besiga)

Permalink - Posted on 2018-04-16 03:47

There is a chance that these were among 11 lions poisoned at Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda this past weekend. Yet another reminder that life is fragile.

Permalink - Posted on 2018-04-14 09:39

Since returning to full-time freelancing this past February, I’ve been using Cushion to track my time, submit and track invoices, and forecast my income and expenses. Even though I’m not yet using the product to its full potential, the value I’m getting out of it is tremendous.

Recently, Cushion released an update to the user interface that I have found greatly improves the usability of the app. In his post explaining the reasoning behind the change, Jonnie Hallman promises to share more about the design process and technical challenges they faced. This is my public reminder that his team’s fans are patiently waiting 😉

Permalink - Posted on 2018-04-14 00:59

I’ve made some changes to the layout of my site. If you’d like to see an overview of what’s changed, I have added screenshots to the pull request I created to make the update.

Permalink - Posted on 2018-04-13 05:17

I am really enjoying this album by Made Mountain. It’s very musically interesting without being extravagant. It has the feeling that a group of musicians sat around in a studio one Saturday and jammed out a great record, so it came as a surprise to see the majority of the instruments were played by one person: Robbie Manson.

On his beautifully designed website, Manson also wrote what I wish I had available to me over a decade ago when I recorded and released my first EP: instructions for how to self-release an album.

(via Chase Reeves)

Permalink - Posted on 2018-04-07 23:12

Spent an hour today debating a street preacher in order to prevent him from spewing his hatred at people on the street. Just doing my part.

Permalink - Posted on 2018-04-03 07:25

Turns out, patdryburgh.com is pretty cheap.

Permalink - Posted on 2018-03-29 13:39

This year’s Jack Richardson Award nominees have been announced and I’m really excited to see my friend Michael Marucci nominated for best Producer/Engineer of the year for “You Left Me With a Kiss” by Karen Emeny. I had the honour of playing lead guitar on this track, which you can listen to for free on Bandcamp.

Also pleased to see my dear friend and collaborator Carly Thomas nominated for Best Contemporary Singer/Songwriter. It’s been a couple of years since our last journey together on the open road and I’m really starting to miss it.

Permalink - Posted on 2018-03-27 04:33

A few years ago my friend Edward Chan introduced me to Airtable, a very neat tool for creating relational databases through simple spreadsheets. Teams use it for everything from customer relationship management to project management to documenting inspiration for creative projects.

In addition to its very impressive UI, Airtable also offers an API. Designer David Yeiser just launched a redesign of his blog which is now powered by Airtable’s API and Next.js, a framework for server rendered applications. David can now update his blog using Airtable on his desktop or mobile device, including storing drafts and publishing different types of content.

As someone who’s currently using a complicated mess of Draft actions and Workflows to publish his blog from his phone, I’m currently a bit envious of David’s approach. While I’m not quite ready to make changes to my current setup, it’s inspiring to see people experimenting with new ways of publishing to the open web.

Permalink - Posted on 2018-02-28 05:50

There’s a Vancouver Product Hunt Meetup happening this evening at the WeWork Burrard Station office. Looks like a number of new products will be demoed from 6:30–8pm, followed by drinks and networking. Hope to see you there!

Permalink - Posted on 2018-02-17 21:38


Permalink - Posted on 2018-02-17 02:31

These last few weeks in Whitehorse, while cold, have been awesome. A challenging project, a great team, and fun extracurricular activities. This is why I’m a freelancer.