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Publishing Versus Performance: Our Struggle for the Soul of the Web

Jeffrey Zeldman talks about the struggle for the soul of the Web, brought forth by the The Mobile Web Sucks on The Verge. It’s worth a read as is Jeremy Keith’s related On the Verge piece. To strike a balance between wonderful content and performance, like most things worth doing, we need more cooperation, experimentation, failure and patience.

A Guide to Parenting

One of my fellow Automatticians announced today that he and his wife expect a baby in the coming months. I’m thrilled for him. They have an amazing journey ahead. Part of our conversation included my guide to parenting, in four easy steps!

You will be entering a period where everyone you talk to, strangers included, will give you advice about being a parent. So I will give you mine.  :)

  1. Accept that you know nothing, and be okay with that. Every day is a learning opportunity. Iterate.
  2. Talk to your wife; a lot; Constantly; Good communication really helped us get through all the unknowns and known unknowns. After you talk to her, thank her for what she’s doing – do that at least once a day.
  3. Have fun. Even when you get baby poop on you, it will be okay!
  4. If anyone tells you to save up on your sleep now, punch them in the face. It is not possible to “save” sleep.

Maybe this will help you too!

Theme History and WordPress

You may have seen this pop up in a few places, but the WordPress project has put the interviews for its Milestones: The Story of WordPress book online. The book is available on Github and in progress. If you’re a themer, you can listen to the rich history behind everything themes, from the creation of premium themes to Kubrick and more. Plus, all the usual WordPress history. :)

Well Designed Interfaces Look Boring

Complex functions require complex interfaces; so how has interface design changed to accommodate?

Well, in many ways, it’s gotten boring.

Matthew Ström in Well Designed Interfaces Look Boring. He argues that design will lean that way in the future because it works, and it’s what users want. We’re seeing this in WordPress themes too. Users want less of an one-size-fits-all approach and more of a works-for-me design.