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
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
Three ways that "drive by" comments or likes work in remote design teams.
The CLOS network removes the bottlenecks inherent in the main nodes of a classical hierarchical system.
Making a YouTube video takes me roughly five to seven times longer than a blog post. And my production values always vary, but practice makes perfect!
This week I'm doing my annual customer support rotation, aka "Happiness Engineering Rotation," where I get to work alongside our world famous (and all-distributed) support team.
Here's a 2016 podcast episode I did with Gayle Allen.
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
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
Liz Meyer / Shauna Lynn / Grace Sandford / Alleanna Harris / Megan Piontkowski / Jade JohnsonA few links I clicked on from Dan's list ... I was happy to see a call by Dan Mall for illustrators out there, and the discussion thread has a bunch of talented folks to impart a heightened sense … Continue reading Many illustrators design and work remotely