(Listen) You 2.0, Hidden Brain on NPR

Two weeks ago I mentioned the notion of think as a poet, work as a bookkeeper. Not surprisingly I heard an echo of this on a new summer series on the "Hidden Brain" NPR radio show. The first episode — You 2.0: The Value Of 'Deep Work' In An Age Of Distraction — features Deep Work author Cal Newton (I haven't … Continue reading (Listen) You 2.0, Hidden Brain on NPR

Abstract, High Resolution, Listen & Learn

Have you watched Abstract on Netflix yet? World-class designers share their life and work and philosophy, which I've found fascinating. A common thread in the episodes I've watched so far is that design doesn't happen in a vacuum. In order to produce something useful and beautiful that people will love and buy, you have to engage with … Continue reading Abstract, High Resolution, Listen & Learn

Interview with WisdmLabs

I recently spoke with Namrata G from WisdmLabs about Automattic, WordPress, GPL, CSS frameworks, and more. Full interview here: Interview with Lance Willett – Sweeper at Automattic.

Anomaly Report

Helen Hou-Sandí chimes in on the crucial difference between being a minority and an anomaly.

WPCandy Interview on Commercial Themes

Hard to believe it's been 12 months since the last time I was on WPCandy. I talked last Friday about commercial themes on WordPress.com with Ryan Imel of WPCandy, looking back one year after launching the service. Here are the links to listen to the interview. Full-length interview: Community Interview with Lance Willett about commercial … Continue reading WPCandy Interview on Commercial Themes

Don't Work on Spec

From the Important Topics in Running a Web Design Business Dept. I’d like to share a recent conversation with a colleague about whether or not it’s a good practice to include mockups in a possibly unpaid bid for a project. I’m posting it here for reference and to continue the conversation. Colleague: I’ve seen on … Continue reading Don't Work on Spec