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Web Developer’s New Year’s Resolutions


We’ll be in 2016 in just a few days! Of course, there’s no better time to set some goals for the new year. We asked around, reached out to some of the most amazing people in the web development world, and today, we’re excited to share their resolutions with you. Enjoy!

Jeffrey Zeldman

A List Apart Magazine and the Happy Cog studio founder, author, speaker, and a living web design legend.

In 2016, I will…

  • Re-open Happy Cog‘s New York design studio (so we will have two studios doing design work: one in Philadelphia, the other in NYC).
  • Learn CSS Grid Layout
  • Celebrate A Decade Apart — the first ten years of An Event Apart — with special programs, prizes, giveaways, and more
  • Design something amazing

Sara Soueidan

An award-winning freelance front-end web developer, writer, and speaker from Lebanon, passionate about HTML5, SVG, CSS3, and JavaScript.

  1. Practice hobbies offline. I used to draw a lot when I was younger and have stopped ever since I started working on the web. I fell in love with creating on the web and haven’t drawn anything because I’ve been spending my time online. I’m hoping to devote more time for drawing every once in a while in 2016.
  2. Write a book.
  3. Spend less time on social media, and spend more time working on side projects. (This is two points in one, really.)
  4. Read more books. I have to admit I’m not the most avid book reader in the world, so I decided to make an experiment this year and spent a big part of December reading. I read more in 2 weeks than I did in the entire year and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Reading more books is definitely something I wanna do more in 2016.
  5. Find a better balance between speaking and developing. Front-end development client projects always take a priority in my work over speaking and writing, but I still couldn’t find the perfect balance for both in 2015, so I’m planning to tilt the balance towards development in 2016.
  6. Publish more blog posts on my blog. I’d still publish elsewhere, but I want my blog to be home to most of my articles in the future.
  7. Manage my time better and work less hours per day. I’m really bad at taking breaks because I find myself coming back to my desk all the time, even when I know I shouldn’t, so this is on the top of my list of priorities.

Brad Frost

Web designer, developer, consultant, speaker, and writer.

My main goal for 2016 is to be positive and productive. I’m planning to finish my book, and I just lined up some client work. And hopefully I’ll be launching a fun project I’ve been working on for a while. I’m going to do my best to focus on positivity and getting stuff done.

David Walsh

Senior web developer for Mozilla, author, speaker, and founder of Script &Style and Wynq Web Labs.

I have a few resolutions I’m excited to start in 2016. My first resolution is to increase my knowledge of Firefox OS for connected devices, specifically Firefox OS smart TVs. I think that Firefox OS is in a great position to challenge Roku, Apple TV, and other vendors.

My second resolution is to become a better “dev dad.” We recently welcomed our second child to the world and I hope to create a better work-life balance for myself and my family.

Dudley Storey

Speaker, teacher, and author of Pro CSS3 Animation.

In 2016, my goals include:

  1. Publish my second web development book (theme and content to be revealed soon!)
  2. Keep up my current pace of writing 3+ articles a week for thenewcode.com
  3. Complete a presentation at a major conference
  4. Run a marathon
  5. Plan my sabbatical; I’ve been teaching web development for over a decade, and have recently recognized that I am overdue for an extended break to fully recharge and refresh.

Catalin Zorzini

Web developer, blogger, and founder of Mostash.com and Inspired Magazine.

I hope to learn more about tea ceremony and Japanese culture in 2016, and to relaunch my new project: http://webappmeister.com.

Andy Sowards

Web designer, developer, entrepreneur, geek, and avid blogger.

2015 was spent preparing for 2016. I spent a lot of time working on myself, my health, my life, relationships, and goals. 2016 is going to be spent enjoying myself and my family, while continuing to really focus on what matters. Simplifying everything to the point of gross efficiency will be the theme of the year — everything that isn’t needed, in work and in life, is out.

Jake Bresnehan

Front end developer and curator of Web Design Weekly.

The main things that I want to achieve this year are:

  • A major redesign of the WDW site and newsletter
  • Release a product in the first few months of 2016. It is 90% complete but the last 10% is taking a little longer than expected
  • Continue to enjoy what I do on a daily basis and continue to learn

Tim Perry

Tech lead at Softwire and creator of Build Focus.

My resolutions are:

  • Learn React, since it’s clearly got real sticking power as a JS framework now (especially with the rise of React Native)
  • Play with service workers so I can stay ahead of the websites-as-apps curve that’s up and coming right now
  • Take my productivity tool startup from private alpha into the real world with a big public beta
  • Build something with Arduino. The web is on the up, but it’s always good to have perspective on what the rest of the tech world is getting up to.

Dillon Lara

Lead web developer at Venta Marketing.

I’d like to become more efficient at my processes while working, so that I will be able to spend more time with my family. To achieve this goal, I plan to read more books about productivity and building an efficient web development department at our agency that fosters creativity and flexibility. Ideally, this process will help me, as the lead developer, and the entire agency balance work and life effectively while still building products we are proud of, in a timely fashion without the feeling of stress or guilt.

What about us?

Of course, our team also has a few resolutions to make. First off, we’d like to dedicate more time to exploring new technologies. It’s really important to stay curious, and even a bit hungry for knowledge. Making good use of these new hacks and techniques, we’d like to optimize our workflow and reduce delivery times. Cheers to 2016!

Your Turn!

What’s on your list of new year’s resolutions? Let’s hear them in the comments!


  1. Paul Stonier Dec 30, 2015

    To embrace more JavaScript and OOP practices in my work. I’ve put some time into learning a bit this year and it’s time to put it to use.

  2. Jonathan Neal Dec 30, 2015

    Some of my overarching goals:

    – Write out my personal goals for real.
    – Continue contributing to Open Source while remaining employed.
    – Work on a project with a personal www hero like Sara Soueidan or Una Kravets.
    – Spend more time addressing GitHub Issues and/or find more contributors.
    – Write down the things I want to code so that I remember what I’ve done and what I’ve yet to do.

  3. Chin Dec 31, 2015

    Keep on working, great job!

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