Meetings with your web team can cost a bundle. Don't make this common mistake.

My client was in this same situation. They had a dream, an idea, and perhaps an idea of how to get there. In their case, they worked with a virtual team so it's much harder to see the burn rate. It all seems to start innocently enough. A question about this. A question or two about that. You think, oh sure I'll just get them together to get it sorted out.

When you don't have a proper set of systems your project can get sideways quick. If you are maintaining multiple properties or platforms the amount of wasted time and burnt cash can multiply exponentially.​

After working with my client and putting together a proper design system they were able to get the project back on track. Now, when the developers had questions, they could be pointed towards a working example. Instead of reinventing the wheel, they could just pick a module and plunk it down. This got the team back to what they do best, building out the backend and focusing on business logic.


If you don’t know how front-end code and a living styleguide can reduce team conflict, personal stress and improve workflow on your next UX heavy web buildout, you need to take this free email course

Skipping or omiting these fundementally important steps to a proper UX heavy buildout are responsible for the majority of team failures. Missed deadlines, exceeding budgets, and team burnout are just to name a few. Having proper front-end code and a living / coded styleguide can streamline team performance and get you hitting milestones miles ahead of their projected due date.

This free 3-part course helps you to understand what are some fundamental mistakes are. In addition it provides simple, DIY solutions to addressing them.

    • Lesson 1: How can Design Systems Engineering save your team time and money?
    • ​Lesson 2: Why does your team need front-end code?
    • Lesson 3: Why does your team need a living (or coded) styleguide?

An expert in his field and very open to feedback and critique to help you get the best design

I really enjoyed working with James because he cared about staying true to the design and taking time to get clarity about the ui elements and intended interactions. It was nice to be able to rely on his expertise with development and his thoughtful suggestions. He’s very communicative and easy to reach which is really important when you’re trying to hit tight deadlines! It’s rare to find someone who is both an expert in his field and very open to feedback and critique to help you get the best design.

Jennifer Tang , Product Designer, ZURB

A whiz at converting designs into responsive websites

James is the kind of web developer every designer loves to work with. He's friendly, has great attention to detail and is a whiz at converting designs into responsive websites.

Marcus Handa , Designer

An integral part of my team

James has became an integral part of my team, sharing his knowledge of web development and making valuable recommendations. What stands out for me is the wonderful experience that James was able to create. He broke from the industry standard of long, boring, wordy forms for customizing books and instead created a sleek, easy-to-use app that we've named the “Character Builder.” The site is truly user-friendly and the design is very clean, not dizzying like many other sites selling children's products.

Jill Barletti , Founder

Complementary Design Systems Engineering Diagnostic with James Stone

With 30 minutes spent looking over your current properties, platforms, handoff, and build process we can diagnose the root cause(s) of team (mis)communication and inefficiencies.

After 30 minutes on the phone or Skype with me, you will

  • Understand why reducing cash burning meetings should be your #1 priority
  • Have a list of three or more ways to streamline your current design + development process
  • Know the biggest gap engineers face when translating your designs into a responsive format
  • Have a list of ideas for improving the Design Systems Engineering at your organization

Getting through this in 30 minutes flat is no small feat, but don't worry. I'll keep us on track. To receive your meeting agenda and scheduling instructions, enter your email address below and click the big orange button.

I liked that he recommended a healthy range of solution options. Good call. Very helpful.

Enjoyed my call with James today. Really smart guy, really knows his stuff. He pointed out the likely trouble spots in my project, and he also pointed out the best ways to handle them. I liked that he recommended a healthy range of solution options. Good call. Very helpful.

Paul MacMartin

James was very, very informative and made a point of focussing on my individual project requirements and preferred work flow

James was very, very informative and made a point of focussing on my individual project requirements and preferred work flow. He was very polite and knowledgeable, and I would highly recommend him for anyone wanting an understanding of the ZURB Foundation framework at a deeper level, thanks!

Kevin Nicholson