Contributing to Gridicons

Designing an icon might appear super easy, perhaps because of the size of it, some people may think there’s only minimal work involved. Very recently, I was working on a set of icons for’s […]

A Padding Pet Peeve

One thing that I commonly see on websites that really gets under my skin is links that don’t have a enough padding to making them reasonably clickable. Here’s an example of what I mean: In […]

Designing a successful IRL meetup for a remote team

Automattic is a distributed company so we don’t get all that much time together.  This means that whenever we do I am always really mindful of how to make the most of it. Team meetups […]

Our Creed

Back in mid-July, John Maeda asked me to write about my first few weeks working at Automattic, but it took me until now to stop and reflect on how it’s been since I was hired […]

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 to explore and some documentation […]

Fixing the theme customization experience

Have you ever used Instagram? If you did, you’re probably familiar with the filters it offers, that let you change the look and feel of a photo instantly. It’s very easy and satisfying – just […]

Navigating Impostor Syndrome as a Newbie Designer

Being a designer at Automattic is pretty great. We have some of the best designers in the world building things that help millions of people build and publish on the web. It’s inspiring to work alongside […]

Where Illustration and Themes Meet

As an illustrator, one of the reasons I started working with WordPress themes was the need for a portfolio website that reflected my style — whimsical, colorful, and a bit cute. Themes in this genre were sparse […]

Dear Junior Designer

In the US, summer is coming to an end, the weather is getting cooler and college students are heading back to school. I always get a bit nostalgic around this time of year, reflecting back […]