Category: Opinions

The Beauty Trap in Design

My primary responsibility as a UX designer and creative director is to get inside the mind of the client and their customer. To think like they do, anticipating stumbling blocks they may encounter even if a trained professional web designer would sail briskly through.

How to improve as a speaker by deconstructing talks

Guest Post by Danielle Krage, professional speaker coach. Have you ever heard writers share the advice that if you want to improve as a writer, you also need to read? Stephen King puts it like […]

Practical tips for giving talks, and how to get started

Guest Post by Danielle Krage, professional speaker coach. Public speaking is a skillset. Getting better at it is a process. And no matter what your current level of experience, there is always a place to start, […]

Taking Gutenberg for a Spin

As part of our quarterly empathy challenge, I attempted to recreate this Longreads post, “Hey, Can I Sleep In Your Room?”: Studying Love with Elizabeth Flock. Beyond copying and pasting the article itself, I attempted […]

A Blogging Pro Responds to the January Empathy Challenge

Guest: Kitty Lusby When Automattic’s John Maeda invited me to evaluate the posts from January’s Empathy Challenge, I was thrilled. As a full-time blogger, I spend a lot of time thinking about ways to attract […]

A more in-depth look at designers' portfolios

Just six seconds. This is what is considered the time it takes to recruiters to look at curriculum vitae. Luckily, our hiring team spends far more time evaluating the candidates we get, not just because […]

Growing my Personal Blog

Full disclosure – I have never successfully or intentionally grown a blog. Most of my suggestions are speculation until proven. My personal blog has been more of a personal portfolio and a collection of thoughts […]

Experiments in Driving Traffic

If you follow this blog you likely know that last month the designers at Automattic were given the following challenge: Pick a colleague’s post, and explain why you chose that one. Outline a plan for […]

"How can I get more views to my blog?"

At work, we were recently asked to examine a common problem among bloggers of all types: how to get more views. As someone who has been blogging since before it was called “blogging”, web traffic […]