2018 Design in Tech Report

The 2018 Design in Tech Report from John Maeda is alive and kicking (I'm late to sharing this as it debuted at SxSW in March.) This year's deck places a strong focus on inclusive design and artificial intelligence. Computers aren’t good at inclusion. They’re good at exclusion, because they’re only based on past data. The … Continue reading 2018 Design in Tech Report

Perception Versus Reality

Question: "How are things going, both in perception and reality?" This topic comes up a lot for me lately. As I dig into a reply I find myself grappling with a significant gap. I know there's bound to be a distance between perception and reality, yet often I don't know how something is perceived because … Continue reading Perception Versus Reality

Agile Thinkers Know When a Best Practice Isn’t Best

I have a hiring heuristic called ABCDEF, which stands for: agility, brains, communication, drive, empathy and fit. For gatekeepers, I’ve found agility is the most important attribute. To test it, I ask them: ‘Tell me a best practice from your way of working.’ Then I ask: ‘Tell me a situation where that best practice would … Continue reading Agile Thinkers Know When a Best Practice Isn’t Best

Hitsville

You can build something that the cool kids love. You can build something that the bystanders love. Or you can build a cult favorite. Best to do it on purpose. Via Seth Godin's new podcast, Akimbo.

Inclusive Design, Day 7/15: Roku and the 10-Foot Rule

This is day 7 of 15 in a short series on inclusive design. If you missed earlier posts, see day 1 here or view the full list. "Solve for one, extend to many" is a key principle of inclusive design which I learned from Kat Holmes and her work with Microsoft. Via fellow WordPresser Leo … Continue reading Inclusive Design, Day 7/15: Roku and the 10-Foot Rule

Top 5 Recent Sensible Leader Posts, and What’s Up Next

Here are the top 5 posts on this site — as measured by your visits and likes — published in December 2017 and January 2018. Gutenberg is the Next-Generation Engine for WordPress The Real Reason People Won’t Change TOA (Thoughts on Acronyms) Radical Renewal 2017 Daily Reads: Dalio and Drucker What else interests you? I'd love to hear … Continue reading Top 5 Recent Sensible Leader Posts, and What’s Up Next

Tide: Automated Testing for WordPress Plugins and Themes

Yet another way to contribute! Remember this 20-piece WordPress contribution chart with the tester Easter Egg? Even though testing is growing stronger in WordPress core with each release, it's still mostly manual — usability, visual regression, accessibility, and beta testing with real sites before launch. Now the tide is turning a bit more toward automation. I'm beyond thrilled … Continue reading Tide: Automated Testing for WordPress Plugins and Themes

Stripe Connect, Frontend Experience

Connect: behind the front-end experience is an extraordinary frontend engineering knowledge drop from Stripe's design team — how they built engaging landing pages with next-generation technologies like CSS 3D, CSS Grid, and the Web Animations API — including the (new to me) Intersection Observer API to detect the visibility of an element. A must-read. Via Twitter / johnmaeda.

If You Love Being Limited

Laura Sorensen — the talented designer behind Atelier LKS (and my first cousin) — explains why Squarespace might not be a great for fit for your website in 10 Reasons to Choose WordPress Over Squarespace. First of all, their templates virtually require high-end photos to not look odd or underwhelming. Some Squarespace sites are gorgeous, but you … Continue reading If You Love Being Limited

Inspired by Doug Glanville’s Triple Threat: Baseball, Journalism, and Social Justice

A modern-day baseball anthropologist, Doug Glanville is a former Major Leaguer whose activism and advocacy for social justice is as inspiring to me as his incredible talent as a writer and journalist. For years I've enjoyed his essays and reporting on sports, society, and life from The New York Times to ESPN to The Atlantic to … Continue reading Inspired by Doug Glanville’s Triple Threat: Baseball, Journalism, and Social Justice