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Sticking To It

If I wanted a career like his, I would have to seek deeply in my soul.

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?…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

“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…