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Awesome Email of the Day: I write to you, thanks to Google Translator

Passion knows no bounds. Thanks never gets lost in translation. From: Bruno Chaves To: Whitney Hess Subject: hello from brazil Date: August 4, 2010 9:04:13 AM EDT I do not know write in English. my English is very bad. But you can read;) I write to you, thanks to google translator:) I met his blog, [Keep Reading...]

Awesome Email of the Day: Increasingly dissatisfied by how little influence I feel I have

I am a very fortunate person. I feel it every day. Some days I get the most incredible emails that make me realize it even more deeply. A few months ago I got this one, and I was given the permission to reprint it. This is why I do what I do. I know so [Keep Reading...]

A Book Apart: Empowering Fuzzy Teams in 100 Pages or Less

On Sunday, I reread Jeremy Keith‘s HTML5 for Web Designers, from cover to cover, on the plane to An Event Apart San Diego. I first read it when it arrived on my doorstep in July, but I am in a different mindset now — beginning a new product adventure — and I wanted to refresh [Keep Reading...]

Inspiration and Aspiration

The words inspiration and aspiration are often used interchangeably, and I think it’s important that we draw a clearer distinction. Inspiration is defined as, “the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something.” Aspiration is, “a hope or ambition of achieving something.” Stimulation versus ambition. Excitement versus action. And most significantly, external versus [Keep Reading...]

The Honor and Burden of Chairing a Conference

I attend a lot of conferences. Okay, more than a lot — an ungodly amount. Just check the Conferences tag on this blog. Attending them is a ball, inspirational but tiring. Speaking at them is a privilege, stressful but rewarding. Organizing them…now that isn’t something I’d wish on my worst enemy. Why? Because it’s a [Keep Reading...]

Awesome Email of the Day: How Little You Really Know

Back in February, I wrote a blog post titled How Little You Really Know. If you haven’t read it, go check it out now. I got the below email in response, and have kept it in my inbox as a reminder of why I do what I do. It’s a few months late, but I [Keep Reading...]

Being a godmother is like being a user experience designer

On April 18, 2010, Griffin James Lam Konig was born at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasett, NY, weighing in at 7 lbs 13 oz. Griffin’s mom Donna is the 39-year-old daughter of my childhood babysitter Theresa (who I’ve always called T-T). The day after Griffin came home from the hospital, twenty-seven years after Theresa [Keep Reading...]