Should web designers know how to code?

I have asked and have been asked this question numerous times over my career. I have very good friends who disagree with me completely on my opinion, and I’m on the cusp of teaching a web design class to unsuspecting, pliable minds and I need to decide – soon – what… Read more →

What's in a name?

Yeah, such a clever title for a post. I’ll just go ahead and quote myself here: “Sometimes I’m so fucking predictable I can’t stand it.” Which brings me rather nicely to the real point of this post, which is to expound on my thoughts of what it… Read more →

The Infauxgraphic Epidemic

As has been pointed out frequently lately, there’s a strong groundswell of designers taking it upon themselves to create data visualizations that at first blush appear to be legitimate but upon further review simply reveal nothing more than the designer’s desire to impress you with their ability to… Read more →

Socialism is Destroying America

By Jaxon Repp, reposted with permission: This morning I was awoken by my alarm clock powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the US Department of Energy. I then took a shower in the clean water provided by the municipal water utility. After that, I turned… Read more →


I agree with every word of this, except my favorite song is from Seacaucus and is called “Pretty OK.” “Hopeless” is a really, really close second though. merlin: Being a love letter to The Wrens and their 2003 album, The Meadowlands. Composed of an improbable combination of gushing prose, digital… Read more →

A decade of blogging

On March 18, 2010, this blog will be 10 years old. I haven’t been the best blogger, and I haven’t written this site alone, but over the years, it’s always been a place I wouldn’t feel right about not having on the web. This graphic is… Read more →


My last post was pretty obtuse because I wasn’t yet ready to blog about blogging, but the reality is, I now work for Automattic, the makers of WordPress. The thing about blogging is that it really works best when you’ve got, you know, something to talk about. And… Read more →

Logo with Flare

clientsfromhell: Client: I already know what I want for the logo. It’s a house, with a face, and it’s on wheels with an exhaust pipe coming out of the back which is shooting out smoke in the shape of dollar signs.… Read more →

A boy in a balloon

Yes. A boy was reported to be in a home-made balloon that was sailing thousands of feet in the air at over 20 miles an hour. When the balloon landed, the boy was not found to be where everyone had assumed he’d be. The worst was feared, that he’… Read more →

Funky balls

Kevin Conboy: i’m wary of this mighty mouse though Kevin Conboy: i don’t trust them Philip Luedtke: why not? Philip Luedtke: what do you use, a microsoft mouse? Kevin Conboy: no i bought a mighty mouse Kevin Conboy: you never listen to me Kevin Conboy: but i don’… Read more →