“Don’t wait for permission to make something that’s interesting or amusing to you. Just do it now. Don’t wait. Find a story idea, start making it, give yourself a deadline, show it to people who’ll give you notes to make it better. Don’t wait till you’re older, or in some better job than you have now. Don’t wait for anything. Don’t wait till some magical story idea drops into your lap. That’s not where ideas come from. Go looking for an idea and it’ll show up. Begin now. Be a fucking soldier about it and be tough.”

Ira Glass to Lifehacker. I’m Ira Glass, Host of This American Life, and This Is How I Work.

Quick tip for things to do immediately post-interview:

When I come out of an interview, I jot down the things I remember as being my favorite moments. For an hour-long interview usually it’s just four or five moments, but if out I’m reporting all day, I’ll spend over an hour at night typing out every favorite thing that happened. This is handier than you might think. Often this short list of favorite things will provide the backbone to the structure to my story.

Read through for the gear This American Life uses and its editing process.

(via fastcompany)

(via fastcompany)


Let me start by going back about a 18 months… After a couple years of “job hopping” and trying to find the “right thing” for me, I had finally landed at a creative recruiting and staffing company. After 3, maybe 4 months of what I consider to be the most stressful, frustrating working experience…

Let me be blunt: Stock photography needs to die. In his 1946 essay “Politics and the English Language,” George Orwell argued that clichéd language produces clichéd thinking. Using a stale image, as he’d put it, “makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts.” Stock photography imprisons us in the same cognitive jail. Its intentionally bland images are designed to be usable in many vaguely defined situations. This produces wretched photography for the same reason Hallmark cards produce wretched poetry. We live in a visual world, communicating and thinking in pictures. When we use stock photos, we think in clichés.


The true cure for stock photography is inside your camera phone.

Clive Thompson's spot-on, important Wired article on ending the tyranny of stock photos, which could be said to hold for visual culture that aphorisms do for intellectual culture.

Thompson is the author of the excellent Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better.

(via explore-blog)


This does a great job covering one of the most common questions I hear from UX designers: how do I justify my design choices.

If you have designed something without knowing why, they you’re coming at things all wrong. You might be trying to support choices because they are yours and not because they are good.

However, if we assume that you have done your job well, and now you’re sitting with your client or your boss and they are asking why, the linked article is for you.

They present: The Validation Stack. Which is a pretty decent, and simple, way to think of your argument. It breaks down into three parts: 

1) User Evidence — Behavioral data, metrics, analytics, etc.

2) User Research — Interviews, surveys, etc.

3) Design Theory — Theoretical reasons why it should be better.

Basically, their point is: if you can’t validate your argument with one or more of those things, you might be wrong.

I like it. And it works in real life.

It’s also a good hierarchy —- empirical, anecdotal, theoretical — for criticism and defense. 


"You want to tempt the wrath of whatever from high atop the thing?"

"Election Night" (4.07)

-Toby Ziegler

Submission (from a long while ago) by pokeyziegler

A pair of recent landing pages I did at work.  A pair of recent landing pages I did at work. 

A pair of recent landing pages I did at work. 




The New Star Wars Cast Only Has One Woman Who Isn’t Princess Leia

Little is known about newcomer Daisy Ridley, but today’s news hints that Episode VII may not do much to improve the old films’ famous gender gap. 

Read more. [Image: LucasFilm]


UX is not made of code. Developers work with code. So what does a UX Developer do?

I just want to call your attention to a problem that seems to be growing instead of dying the horrible death it deserves:

Job ads for “UX Developers”.

For the record: developers are great, smart, valuable…


The trees around Jesse are in bloom!