With the books freshly closed on 2018, I find I’m looking back a bit. For me, last year was…well, it was a year. A lot of good things, absolutely, but there was a ton of transition, and more than a little difficulty.
So I’ll start with this, because I think it’s the best place to start: writing on this website continues to be one of my favorite things. And this year, I managed to do even more of it. I wrote twenty-six posts in 2017; last year, I managed to pass that threshold in early August. I’m proud that I finished out 2018 with forty-three posts, totalling some 25,000 words. The numbers aren’t really important, other than as an indicator I’m making time to write. And that’s something I hope I can keep doing in the new year. (And, like, always.)
Here are some things I wrote about:
- I got a job in November. And I know I’m only a couple months in, but I really like it.
- I remain
concerned aboutinterested in how automation is reshaping digital design. If anything, I’m hoping to write more about how the products we design have a real impact on jobs, and on how we approach our daily work.
- I talked a lot about collective solutions to systemic, industry-wide issues. That is the worst sentence I’ve ever written, but: while there’s very little you and I can individually do about Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), or about our industry’s moral and ethical lapses, I’m hopeful we can solve them collectively. Once we get organized, that is.
- I launched a Skillshare course about modern responsive design fundamentals. And I’m thrilled the initial reviews have been really positive. If you check it out—and it’s free with this referral link!—I’d love to hear what you think.
- Karen and I put our little podcast to rest. I do miss having a regular excuse to chat with Karen, but I’m sure this won’t be the last time we collaborate on something. She’s one of the best people I know, and working with her is a damned joy.
- On a more personal front, I traveled a little bit to see friends and visit family last year. And I made time to volunteer for a couple nonprofits here in Boston. They made a real impression on me.
That’s it for now, I think. Because, hey, we made it, you and I. And I know I said it last year, but it still applies: you’re still here, and I’m glad for it. And I’m glad to be here with you.
And this still applies, too: thanks for reading, friend.
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