A kindness

Dino works six days a week as a porter in my apartment building, cleaning walls and floors, removing trash, distributing recyclables. He’s one of those essential workers who are suddenly on the front lines. We’ve always been friendly. I’ve been hibernating in my apartment for day … | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 11 days ago

My Glamorous Life

At 4:00 PM, I went to bed to rest up from my head cold, and promptly fell asleep. When I awoke, the clock said 7:15. Oh, no! I banged on my daughter’s door. “You’re going to be late to school!” I shouted. She cackled with laughter.“It’s 7:15 AT NIGHT,” she explained. | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 25 days ago

The Web We Lost: Luke Dorny Redesign

Like 90s hip-hop, The Web We Lost™ retains a near-mystical hold on the hearts and minds of those who were lucky enough to be part of it. Luke Dorny’s recent, lovingly hand-carved redesign of his personal site encompasses several generations of that pioneering creative web. As suc … | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 1 month ago

A panel on accessibility, design inclusion and ethics, hiring and retaining diverse talent, and landing a job in UX.

Video: Live UX podcast at An Event Apart with Mina Markham, Farai Madzima, and Derek Featherstone, led by Jason Ogle. | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 4 months ago

Another Blue Beanie Day

To you, the true believers, whether you knew about/celebrated Blue Beanie Day or not, I give thanks. | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 4 months ago

Let’s hang (Spotify)

Jeffrey Zeldman’s Spotify. Share music tastes with @zeldman. | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 4 months ago

Expressive Design Systems

Expressive Design Systems, the first book by Yesenia Perez-Cruz, is now available from A Book Apart. | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 4 months ago

Design Kickoff Meetings

Design kickoff meetings are like first dates that prepare you for an exciting relationship with a person who doesn’t exist. | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 4 months ago

My Brunch with Jen

Jen was present for, and actively participated in, the very beginnings of the creative and blogging web, and her famous book, now in its umpteenth edition, is still the best introduction to web design I know—probably the best that will ever be written. | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 4 months ago

Rams

We show our audience Gary Hustwit’s “Rams”—a documentary about product design icon Dieter Rams—during the lunch hour at An Event Apart. We’ve shown Gary’s film in every city of our tour this year, and every time I’ve watched it with our attendees I’ve seen new things in the film, … | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 5 months ago

The Beauty Trap in Design [Automattic.Design]

I love a good page layout. I’m a chump for a visually well composed series of paragraphs. The proper degree of corner rounding for a given set of photos in relation to a box three columns over sets my little heart aflutter. | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 5 months ago

Crash Course in Judaism

At the Automattic Grand Meetup, 2019, @zeldman shares a tale from his childhood. #standup #comedy #zeldman #WordPress #Automattic | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 5 months ago

Design is a (hard) job.

DESIGN WAS so much easier before I had clients. I assigned myself projects with no requirements, no schedule, no budget, no constraints. By most definitions, what I did wasn’t even design—except that it ended up creating new things, some of which still exist on the web. Soon I ha … | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 9 months ago

You got this.

I’M LEARNING new tech and it’s hard. Maybe you’re in the same boat. Through the rosy lens of memory, learning HTML and Photoshop back in the day was a breeze. It wasn’t, really. And CSS, when it came along in 1996, was even tougher to grasp—in part because it was mostly theoretic … | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 10 months ago

My glamorous life: are you ready to math?

For the past two years, I’ve been publishing a daily work-and-life diary on Basecamp, sharing it with a few friends. This private writing work supplanted the daily public writing I used to do here. In an experiment, I’m publishing yesterday’s diary entry here today: YESTERDAY, Av … | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 10 months ago

On Teaching (plus Monday links)

TEACHING is a great way to find out what you know, and to connect with other human beings around a shared passion. It’s an energy exchange as well as an information one, and the energy and information flow both ways. I’ve been a faculty member in the MFA in Interaction Design pro … | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 11 months ago

Limo to my bed of nails, stat!

Unintentionally hilarious Style piece on Stoicism as misunderstood and ostentatiously practiced by trend-conforming Silicon Valley billionaires. (Ooh, billionaire walks five miles a day? So does everyone with two legs in New York.) nytimes.com/2019/03/26/style/silicon-valley-stoi … | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 1 year ago

Healthcare in America

I’m one of the lucky ones. I have a great doctor and good health insurance. A boring generic healthcare company bought my longterm doctor’s group practice a few months ago. First thing they did was screw up the online patient portal, changing it from the poorly designed, barely u … | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 1 year ago

Browser diversity starts with us.

Developers, designers, and strategists, here’s something you can do for the health of the web:  Test all your sites in Firefox. Yes, we should all design to web standards to the best of our ability. Yes, we should all test our work in *every* browser and device we can. Yes, yes, … | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 1 year ago

Browser diversity starts with us

Developers, designers, and strategists, here’s something you can do for the health of the web:  Test all your sites in Firefox. Yes, we should all design to web standards to the best of our ability. Yes, we should all test our work in *every* browser and device we can. Yes, yes, … | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 1 year ago

The state of things

At the end of therapy this morning, I felt like the lone Samurai at the end of a Japanese movie. His warlord has betrayed him, his fellow Samurai have fallen into dishonor, and the rice crop failed. After a last meditation, he emerges from his tent, sword flashing, to die fightin … | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 1 year ago

A narcissist’s prayer of Thanksgiving. (My Glamorous Life)

My mom, who hated “women’s work,” would announce that she had done the very minimum—for instance, quickly boiling chicken instead of slowly baking turkey. “Done, enough, finished!” she’d exclaim, as if we were all rooting for her to get out of that sexist kitchen prison. And we w … | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 1 year ago

My Glamorous Life: On Returning

More drama at the cab stand. | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 1 year ago

Lucky, He Said. (My Glamorous Life.)

IN MARCH of this year, I had the honor to serve as a Juror in a civil case in the New York court system. In the months since I served, the city and state have been trying to honor me over and over again. And so, on a hectic Friday where I should have been … | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 1 year ago

Grateful X 2

Sometimes, when you need it most, you get a reminder that life is a gift. | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 1 year ago

My Glamorous Life: Riding North

Business travel, baby. It’s the life. | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 1 year ago

On Rejection

Recently I had the privilege of reading a book proposal which the author shared in hopes of being published. It was a beautifully written treatise, well structured, nicely paced, logically argued, and thoroughly researched. The author had clearly poured time, thought, and years o … | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 1 year ago

The Cult of the Complex

“IN AN INDUSTRY that extols innovation over customer satisfaction, and prefers algorithm to human judgement (forgetting that every algorithm has human bias in its DNA), perhaps it should not surprise us that toolchains have replaced know-how.” Our addiction to complicated toolcha … | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 1 year ago

For your pleasure

For your listening pleasure, I have prepared a 15-minute playlist composed of ten short songs. Before I share the URL, here are the requirements: You must have Spotify. (Sorry.) To enjoy, in Spotify Settings: Advanced, you must turn on Crossfade: 12 seconds. Half the trip is list … | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 1 year ago

Transcript: Intrinsic Web Design with Jen Simmons (The Big Web Show)

The following is a transcript of  The Big Web Show Episode № 176: Intrinsic Web Design with Jen Simmons. Jeffrey Zeldman: Hello, and welcome to the Big Web Show, everything web that matters. I’m Jeffrey Zeldman, your host, and my guest today is the amazing, the incredible Jen Sim … | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 1 year ago

On practice

Over the decades I’ve used computers, my drawing skill has all but vanished—along with my ability to do calligraphy or even write legibly. Which is why I’ve started forcing myself to sketch again every day. Practice is the best form of hope. Also published on Medium. | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 1 year ago

Cossack

“Are you here with your child?” It’s a Sunday and my daughter is visiting her mom. I’d spent the morning lugging my daughter’s old clothes and toys to a donation bin, where they’ll be given to some of New York’s neediest kids. Now I was on a photo walk, shooting places in my neig … | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 1 year ago

We need design that is faster and design that is slower.

During a recent conversation with  David Sleight, Design Director at ProPublica, I found myself realizing and saying “we need design that is faster and design that is slower.” Who are we and what is this thing called design? When I say  “we,” I mean our whole industry, when I say … | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 2 years ago

Beyond Engagement: the content performance quotient

The content performance quotient is an index of how quickly you get the right answer to the individual customer, allowing her to act on it or depart and get on with her day. It is a measurement of your value to the customer. | Continue reading


@zeldman.com | 2 years ago