In the beginning days of the Web, Open Source was a human right. I can often remember in the 90s as the Web was just starting to emerge how important it was that all of the Web could be decoded by simply pulling down the menu and selecting, “View Source…” which let you see the underlying code that created a website. And you could easily copy it, and adapt it, and share it with others so that more people could make more sophisticated websites.
But the “View Source…” menu is now buried deeper in the browser’s menubar; and ever since Flash and other closed systems arrived on the Internet, it hasn’t been possible to view a lot of code written by the biggest companies out there. It’s happening in little pieces, but not at scale. Something important to creativity—Open Source—can easily go away. It’s vanishing, slowly, and quietly. We at Automattic intend to keep it alive, healthy, and growing.
Design is a poorly designed word—it can mean too many things. We need to sharpen its meanings in the contexts of computational media to unleash greater value for businesses and humans.
A world that respects each other’s differences, encourages each other’s differences, and that celebrates the hybridizing of each other’s differences.
Lumio Lamp / You open it, and then everyone is in awe. You close it, and then everyone will ask you to keep opening it up again. It’s a portable light, charged with a regular USB cable, and the mini Lumio+ also serves as a battery for your tech gear.
Bellroy Wallets / I looked for years for the perfect men’s wallet, and funded every Kickstarter project where new, slim men’s wallets pop up every other week. Until I searched for the term “slim wallet” and found Bellroy.
Hi! Prior to joining Automattic I was Design Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) and got to work with over a hundred technology startups at all stages of development—to support their leadership teams to better leverage design. At KPCB, together with a team including Jackie Xu, Aviv Gilboa, and Justin Sayarath, we launched the #DesignInTech Report—which identified trends at the intersection of technology, business, and design in both private and public companies. Currently I serve on the boards of Sonos and Wieden+Kennedy, and I’ve written a few books including The Laws of Simplicity, Redesigning Leadership, MAEDA@MEDIA.
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