Letter from the editor

Hello Increment readers,

It’s early April as I write this letter, and we’re in the midst of a global health crisis. I hope, by the time this issue comes out in May, by the time you read this, we’ve made progress toward recovery and found more moments of calm. For now, I write in a time of uncertainty, certainly—and a time in which technology’s power to connect and support us is perhaps more apparent than ever.

Against this backdrop—where many try to navigate unprecedented circumstances and adapt to this new, more virtually connected world—the work of frontend developers feels especially important. Their lines of JavaScript, CSS, and HTML are a gift, translating data into navigable interfaces, connecting us to tools and modes of communication, and enabling users to keep on keeping on.

This issue honors that work and explores its context—from the shifting sphere of frontend responsibilities to the intersection of frontend, UX, and design, how frontend stacks can be used to generate experiences like video games to the inner workings of CSS and the rise of frameworks like React.

Dearest readers, the Increment team is wishing you more than the best. Stay safe, stay well, and stay hopeful.

Sid Orlando
Editor in Chief

Thanks to our contributors for this issue

Editor in Chief

Sid Orlando

Associate Editor

Molly McArdle

Editorial Assistant

Elizabeth Minkel

Copy Editors

Rebecca Hiscott, Alicia Kennedy

Technical Reviewers

Tomer Elmalem, Jennifer Hwang, Nate Kohari, Eoin Nugent, Jordan Scales, Catriona Scott, Suzanne Wang


Safia Abdalla, Ipsita Agarwal, Chris Coyier, Ian Feather, Glenn Fleishman, Chris Lilley, Luca Mezzalira, Elizabeth Minkel, Ramsey Nasser, Omar Rizwan, Nishant Shukla, Ian Steadman, Chris Stokel-Walker, Lea Verou, Evan You


Mercedes Bazan, Justin Pervorse, Drew Roper

Design Producer

Olivia Chernoff


Ariel Davis, Rebekka Dunlap, Manolo Gamboa Naon, Ori Toor, Lena Vargas

Cover Art

Lena Vargas

Distribution and Logistics

Melissa Contreras, Bobby Kessner

Special Thanks To

Gladys Kenfack, Jamie Kosoy, Bryan Irace, Dave Nunez, Sashko Stubailo

About the author

Sid Orlando is editor in chief of Increment. She lives in New York City where she is friends with every bodega cat.


Artwork by

Lena Vargas



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