April 21, 2016

Cost, privilege and paying dues: my piece of tech real estate

In my spare time, I run a side project called Facets, a newsletter which aims to feature writing by minorities in the tech industry. The theme of a recent issue was Cost, and it prompted some reflection on my own journey, my own privileges, and how much it has cost me to occupy this piece of web […]

January 10, 2016

bottom up, not top down: a different approach to teaching code

“And when you’re done, this is what you should have.” I was helping to teach at an introductory HTML/CSS course when I heard the instructor say the above words, which immediately gave me pause. The instructor pointed to the example that they had created, up on the projector, that the students were expected to copy. […]

December 30, 2015 #,  #,  #,  #,  #,  #,  #

don’t call them resolutions: a year-in-optimistic-review

I’ve had the past week off, and have been pondering writing a ‘year-in-review’ thing for even longer than that. There’s only so many such posts you can see and be jealous of via Medium/Twitter/[insert social media] before you start to feel like you’re missing something. But I didn’t know how to quantify what I’d done, […]

October 9, 2015

&yetConf: building beyond category

This past weekend, I was lucky enough to attend and give a talk at &yetConf, and this post is an attempt to sort through some of the feelings around it. The conference is about “the intersections of technology with humanity, meaning, and ethics.” It’s a lofty goal, putting on an interdisciplinary event about how the technology […]

September 13, 2015 #,  #,  #,  #

XOXO: no way back, but every way forward

I was in a car accident on my way to the conference, but I learned that it shouldn’t define me as a person. It shouldn’t define my capabilities. It shouldn’t define my weekend or my relationship with my family. I learned this while at a technology conference, and want to reassemble the story now, before it loses its rawness.

June 19, 2015 #,  #,  #,  #

Print endures, and challenges the act of sharing.

Making tangible things: it seems to be a common desire for those working in the web industry. How we define “tangible” is different from person to person, but quite often it manifests in lettering or woodworking, or doing something which involves us stepping away from the laptops and the vectors and into a world where a mistake can’t be undone by rolling back a commit or deleting a few lines of code.

June 15, 2015 #,  #,  #,  #

Types of Fun: Reflections on my first talk

I can safely say that speaking in front of people has never been one of my ambitions. I had never given a talk before. I responded to Typebrigade’s call for speakers bizarrely, because I thought I had no chance. I had a vague idea that wasn’t so much typography-focused but personal, a history lesson with a typographical leaning. But my judgment deserted me at a critical time and I sent in a proposal. When Kenneth got in touch with me, saying they’d love to have me on the 4th of June, I was committed. And very, very afraid.

June 14, 2015 #,  #

Ceremonial blog launching

I was originally putting off firing up a blog until I had a chance to update my website, but then I decided that it would probably take forever to happen. So, we have a blog, and now I might actually have no excuse to write my thoughts down. Here’s to at least a few of them being thoughtful ones.