2018 is already over, eh? It’s been one hell of a journey, and has brought a huge range of emotions – from stress and anxiety, to joy and anticipation of things to come. Looking back, there is a lot to celebrate. Here are some of the many highlights from 2018.
If there was one word to describe my 2017, it’d be “bittersweet”. It’s sometimes hard to look around at the world and feel optimistic, but the past year has also been the best of my life. Here were some of the highlights.
I have always had a fascination with the cross-section of art and computers. One of my finest memories as a kid – circa the mid-1990s – was watching my dad, a computer programmer, work on an application icon for his company’s software — one pixel at a time (on a 16 point grid if I remember correctly). The attention to detail and art of it all fascinated me, and made a deeper impression on me than I realized at the time.
Being a designer at Automattic is pretty great. We have some of the best designers in the world building things that help millions of people build and publish on the web. It’s inspiring to work alongside some of my design heroes on a daily basis, but like many other designers, I battle Impostor Syndrome while trying to find my place in the grand scheme of things.
My first couple months at Automattic have been eventful, and I’ve learned a lot in that time. Last week, I took some time to think about lessons I have learned – specifically around working with data at scale – and wrote about it on one of our new product designblogs.
These days – with technology and design surrounding us at all times – it’s easy to lose perspective and lose sight of why we started designing in the first place. We often get so lost in the weeds about details and execution, that we forget about how much real, meaningful impact we have on the people who we build products for.
Last fall, as I started plotting my next move, I compiled a list of companies that I considered to be “dream jobs”. This list was primarily based around a few characteristics that would make a company/team ideal for my needs: flexibility, culture, leadership, and impact. The companies on this list had varying marks for each of the characteristics, but one company held strongest in all of the above: Automattic.