When we bought our mid-century Orlando home in the summer of 2018, the pool was one of the biggest selling points. Our kids were 6 and 4 at the time and we were spending many weekends looking for places to swim. Thanks to a pool inspection before closing, we knew in advance that we were committing to an inevitable renovation project.
It’s more like a sneaky reskinning or a slightly-modified theme swap. No matter how we talk about this personal site refresh, it was long overdue. To understand my objection to the term “redesign”, we need to rewind this VHS tape back a bit…
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about writing and how beneficial it is (especially for designers) to connect and share with our broader communities of practice through storytelling. It can be scary to put content out into the world, even more so when you’re representing a team. Sharing our processes, experiments, failures, and aha moments though is the best way for all of us to learn. Blogging regularly as a team has the added benefit of creating a window into the culture of our organizations, providing a glimpse of what working there is like.
In less than a month, I’ve progressed from being a Mastodon skeptic, to a reluctant tester, to an enthusiastic advocate. I’ve engaged more on Mastodon over the last few weeks than I have with Twitter in recent years, and this moment really does feel like a crucial tipping point for federated social.
Like a large porcelain sink dropped on a concrete floor, Twitter’s user base has been fragmented. No, this isn’t another opinion piece about Lord Musk and whatever clout chasing headline he’s fabricating this week. It’s a summary of what I’ve learned so far about the federated social network where a sizable chunk of Twitter’s vast community has found refuge, Mastodon.