How to make a fully kitschy distributed company’s holiday video

Originally published December 20, 2017 on maeda.pm. Having been a longtime fan of the over-the-top First Round Capital holiday videos, I took it upon myself to imagine what a fully remote company could make. So I set off with Automattic's Chief Semicolon Advocate Michelle Weber on a journey fueled by her reshaping of the lyrics of Jingle Bells … Continue reading How to make a fully kitschy distributed company’s holiday video

Motivating your remote team can start (or stop) with a blogging habit

As a fan of the late John W. Gardner's work on "renewal," I am also a fan of his work on "excellence." I know that word "excellence" makes some people feel either icky or excited, but his treatise of the topic is fair and sufficiently sublime that I come back to his book on the … Continue reading Motivating your remote team can start (or stop) with a blogging habit

Getting on the same page in an all-remote design team

Although the variety of tools available to fully distributed teams is staggering — everything from virtual stand-ups, sit-downs, async, sync, todo, not-todo, audio plus screen, all video, post-it shares, partial video, full video, AR, VR, and so forth — it's not an easy to thing to connect 1-to-many.  However connecting 1:1 is easy because there's … Continue reading Getting on the same page in an all-remote design team

Data, Inclusion, Craft Principles at Automattic Design

Originally published on automattic.design We’ve spent the last half year at Automattic Design finding our design principles. That might sound easy to do when so much has been written out there about design. But we’re the world’s largest all-remote design team, so we felt there was a need to brew our own. Start from curiosity. … Continue reading Data, Inclusion, Craft Principles at Automattic Design