Author

Michael Arestad

I design at Automattic.

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Retired with a business

Not too long ago, my coworkers produced a report to help understand small business owners. It’s filled with solid insights that will challenge your ideas on who small business owners are…

Ride passenger

Have you ever had to sit and watch someone struggle to do something on a computer or phone? They keep clicking the wrong thing or looking in the wrong place,…

1000

Goal: Get 1000 page views on a blog post with $20 to spend I have several hypothesis to achieve this goal. I think the cumulative effect of most can be…

The language of time travel

I have been working with a team to build a time machine. Yep. A time machine. It can travel to the past. It can return to the present. It can’t…

Let’s meetup

It’s easy to keep adding features to a product based on the instincts or personal desires of the contributors. This usually results in features or flows that no one asked…

Code play

I challenge you to go write some playful code right this very minute. Especially if you don’t know how to code. Stop reading this article and go find a playground…

Improving the WordPress experience

The experience of creating a WordPress site can vary wildly. Occasionally, I hear how someone set it up without any major roadblocks. I more often witness nightmare-level setup experiences. Together,…

Why?

Designers are pretty dang good at asking that one tiny infuriating question. In my experience, the question is often taken as a challenge to an idea or even insulting, but…