Cyclocross

Every year our entire company gets together and one of the things we all have to do is give a four minute talk on any subject. In the past, this has always made me super nervous, and this was the first year that I wasn’t shaking in my boots. Progress!

The slides aren’t exactly synced up, but if you have ever wanted to learn more about cyclocross or have no idea what it is, your wait is over!

Two things I want to work on for next time:

  1. Look at the audience instead of the slides
  2. Less “um”s and “yeah”s

design.blog

At Automattic, we have an online design magazine at design.blog. It’s something that our Head of Design, John Maeda created and it has become a joint effort across all the designers and design lovers I work with.

Every Thursday we publish a new issue, which involves 2-3 articles from design leaders and a brand new homepage created by an Automattic designer. This week, it was my turn! I used the Paper app on the iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil to illustrate the cover. It was really fun and actually made me want to get back to my ink and watercolors doodles.

Design.blog cover:

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Individual images:

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Press:

Reblogs

Hack Day Project: Update Reblogs

You can reblog a WordPress.com post to your own site by using the reblog button. reblog

The colors and typography of a reblogged post vary from theme to theme, but the overall layout remains fairly consistent. I updated the look and feel of reblogs to be cleaner and easier to read. You can check out a “before” shot if you’d like to compare 🙂

Below is a reblogged post from en.blog.wordpress.com, which features sites using the theme I designed:

The WordPress.com Blog

Kelly, which was designed by Automattic’s own Kelly Hoffman, is an inviting, fun theme for bloggers of all stripes. Its clean, one-column layout makes it perfect for text-heavy posts, but can be just as ideal for a tumblelog-like stream of images.

With bold featured images, the ability to customize the header and the background, and three widget areas in the site’s footer, you can make it your own with just a few quick tweaks. Here are some examples of the theme’s versatility.

Curated Style

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Curated Style, a Toronto-centered fashion blog, makes great use of Kelly‘s out-of-the-box look. The theme’s cursive font in the header injects a stylish playfulness, while the generous white space in the posts makes the images of Toronto’s fashion scene stand out.

The blogger behind Curated Style effortlessly added a few personal touches, like a patterned custom header image, a splash of bright pink in the custom background, and an easy-to-navigate

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Editor

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A whole new way to create posts and pages. We had only recently launched an “interim editor” when we got to work redesigning a new one from the ground up. It was the last piece of the Calypso puzzle and it is my favorite thing I’ve ever had the pleasure of designing. (More screenshots and info coming)

Read the announcement post.

WordPress theme

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The first thing I did when I got my job at Automattic was to design a WordPress theme I always wanted, but couldn’t find. Its a single column theme that is super flexible. I’ve been using it on this site for well over a year and I’ve changed the font, color scheme, and background photo.

Check out the announcement post and this featured post over on the WordPress.com blog.

My sister Carole is using it on her blog as do over a quarter of a million others. Its available for both your self hosted WordPress and WordPress.com site.