Carl Smith at Converge SE - photo credit Jason Beaird

Redesign our Design Thinking

ConvergeSE is one of my favorite events. It’s generally swarming with smart people sharing smart ideas. But all this talk about design thinking has me thinking about design thinking. We…

Design Corrosion

Is it me, or is most software getting worse as it tries to appeal to more people? As an application’s customer base grows, developers must consider an ever widening set of…

Trading Design for Equity

I was recently approached with the following question by a designer looking for ideas on how to decide on working for equity in a startup: If I were to work…

Blue Beanie Day

It’s Blue Beanie Day on the Web and we’ve all joined the fray by donning our indigo toques and updating our avatars. But what does it all mean? Advocacy without…

The Firestorm of 2022

Jeff Croft started a fire. A fire that needed to be set. I’ve watched luminaries within the Web community jump on and off the standards soapbox. There is so much…

Search Engines and Web Standards

During a session at SXSW on Web Standards and SEO (transcribed here), the conversation revolved around how search engines treat semantically correct, valid pages versus the spaghetti mess of code…