The Case for Telemetry in WordPress

Update August 10, 2017: After publishing this article I reopened the Trac ticket arguing the reason for closing it was no longer valid in lieu of Gutenberg’s collection of telemetry. A few hours later it was announced that usage tracking will be removed from Gutenberg and the ticket was closed as the original argument for closing it is once again accurate.…

WCEU2017: CSS Grid Changes Everything (About Web Layouts)

Below are the advanced slides for my WordCamp Europe 2017 talk CSS Grid Changes Everything (About Web Layouts) presented June 17th, 2017 in Paris, France: From the website: “CSS Grid is now live in all major browsers, and with it everything we know about web layouts changes! Imagine drawing a grid in the browser and…

Informing Your Empathy for More Human Designs and Communities

The prevailing narrative in the web community hails empathy as a cure for much of what ails our modern digital spaces. Empathy seems a worthy tool for making our designs and interactive experiences more human, but used indiscriminately it may do more harm than good. To design experiences that fit the real lives of the people who use them, we need to take a critical look at our methods and make empathy the first step in a larger process.

An Incomplete, Chronological, Continuously Updated List of Articles About Murderous Self-Driving Cars and the Trolley Problem

Have you heard? Google, Apple, Tesla, and other tech giants are working hard to kill you. No, wait. They are working hard on a car that will kill you. No, wait. They are creating an algorithm to decide who gets to live and who must die. No, wait. They trying to figure out who their self-driving cars should kill.