Thomas Bishop

Author: Thomas Bishop

  • My Favorite Sci-Fi Books of 2022

    My Favorite Sci-Fi Books of 2022

    My reading goal for the year was 15 books. By June, I had blown past that goal. In early August, I hit my stretch goal. All in all, I ended up reading 36 books, most of which were sci-fi — from classic to brand new and everything in between. Hard sci-fi, military sci-fi, sci-if horror,…

  • Finding Focus in the Chaos

    Finding Focus in the Chaos

    For my entire life, I have had difficulty focusing and retaining information. Like many others, I live with a form of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) — specifically a variation called Inattentive Presentation (ADHD-I). But while I could write an entire series on these struggles, today I wanted to share some things I have found…

  • On My Home Screen: January 1st, 2020

    I’ve always been fascinated by what others’ home screens look like. So I’m trying something new and sharing what’s currently on mine:

  • 👋 Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019 😍

    👋 Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019 😍

    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.

  • 👋 Goodbye 2017, Hello 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.

  • How my former life as a musician prepared me for design

    [Originally posted on Automattic’s product design blog] 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…

  • Navigating Impostor Syndrome as a Newbie Designer

    [Originally posted on Automattic’s product blog] 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,…

  • Lessons Learned: Analyzing Data at Scale

    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 design blogs.

  • Why We Design

    Why We Design

    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.

  • I’m joining Automattic!

    I’m joining Automattic!

    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…