Legalese

Thoughts on GitHub, discrimination, and language.

You keep using that word

A close look at the origins and evolution of the word “meritocracy,” and the politics that our language reveals.

Overkill

On The Sixth Extinction and The Once and Future World

Back

A responsive redesign.

Why?

On What Is Reading For?

Drafts

On The Library at Night

Starts

Today marks my last day with Typekit.

Robbed

On How to Fix Copyright

Deploy

On publishing as the beginning, not the end; the third and final part in a series of articles that expand upon my essay in Issue No. 1 of Contents.

Markup

Why editors need to know HTML; part two in a series of articles that expand upon my essay in Issue No. 1 of Contents.

Represent

The first in a series of articles that expand upon my essay in Issue No. 1 of Contents.

The in-group

On Trickster Makes This World and The Comedy of Survival

Sacred

On Trickster Makes This World

OMG

On The Information

Change

On the occasion of the release of the fourth book from A Book Apart.

On the news

How we read is breaking ranks with how the news is made.

Three

On building a publishing house, and loving great content.

Forgotten

On Time and the Art of Living and How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read

Forever

On the length of forever, and our role as caretakers.

A privilege

On Common as Air and The Comedy of Survival

Durable

On Common as Air and The Printing Press as an Agent of Change

The company of others

On the release of A Book Apart’s second title, CSS3 for Web Designers from the inimitable Dan Cederholm.

Roots

On getting back to the words, and joining Typekit.

On audience

More on the new publishing, and how A Book Apart is older than it seems.

Biscuit making

On The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work and Small Is Beautiful

Thinkers

On Design and Truth and How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read

On publishing

Three announcements about the future of publishing.

Masks

On The Value of Nothing

On craft

On my decision to leave Norton—my home for nearly a decade— and join the ranks at Etsy.

Witness

On Reading Pictures and Standard Operating Procedure

On work

“Work” can mean toil or slog, but it can also mean creation, opus, oeuvre.

Doubt

On The Courage to Create

Early

On The Printing Press as an Agent of Change

Finishing

On With Borges and How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read

On the library

I wonder if the promise of an ebook isn’t the book but the library.

Loss

On The Library at Night

Beginnings

The relaunch of A Working Library, and what I’ve come to think of as a new beginning.

On feeding

As I write this, I am baking bread. Or, at least, I am trying to bake bread.

On advertising

Let’s pretend, for a moment, that the reading experience on the web is dependent upon an advertising economy.

By design

By design, a text makes a statement as to how it should be read—or if it should be read at all.

Unreadable?

A response to Joe Clark’s article in Scroll Magazine on reading long on the web.