by Leslie Hinson and Matt Carrano

Two designers collaborating using a whiteboard
Two designers collaborating using a whiteboard
Photo by Kaleidico on Unsplash

Building components for the PatternFly design system isn’t easy. More often than not, the first solution isn’t the perfect one, but it’s a starting point and a chance for us to collaborate with our users to figure out how to improve.

This is the story about the PatternFly toolbar and how it evolved based on input from designers and developers from the Red Hat Cloud Services team.

Defining the toolbar: It’s complicated

So what exactly is a toolbar? Depends on who you ask! When we say “toolbar,” we’re referring to a set of elements that sit on top of…


by Leslie Hinson, Jan Wright, Dana Gutride, Jessie Huff, and Michael Celedonia

PatternFly logo
PatternFly logo

PatternFly has a lot of moving parts, and there is never a lack of things to do. Honestly, it’s easy to get wrapped up in all the demands of the present, but we wanted to press pause to reflect back on what’s been accomplished and look forward to what’s to come.

Reflecting back on 2019

In 2019, the PatternFly team released the first stable and production version of PatternFly 4. This gave development teams confidence to adopt the new system. …


Teamwork was a consistent theme in my upbringing, largely in part, because my father is a football coach. I would like to share with you his key lessons about teamwork.

Lesson #1: Never hurt the team. This requires practicing three things:

  • Try your best.
  • Be loyal.
  • Communicate.

Lesson #2: Play the next play. This is not only a lesson that he teaches his “kids” but would also consider it a family motto. Play the next play means to never get too crushed about prior defeats, but also never get too cocky about prior wins. …


Seven months ago, the idea for a PatternFly conference was introduced during a discussion about growing our community. At that point in time, a PatternFly conference was just a twinkle in our eyes.

PatternFly is sponsored by the Red Hat User Experience Design team. In June, the 50+ members of the UXD team will be traveling from all over the world to Raleigh, North Carolina to take part in various team activities and workshops.

This provided the perfect opportunity to schedule The PatternFly Conference as it would allow community members, many of which are designers and developers on the UXD…

Leslie Hinson

Creative girl living in an IT world. Project lead @patternfly_des and UX manager @redhatuxd. Find me on Twitter @iamlesliehinson

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store