December 29th, 2021

Given how fast framework complexity has escalated in the past couple of years, it feels like we’re at the point where not using a framework for web dev could be a strategic advantage for a new startup or company

— Baldur Bjarnason

November 24th, 2021

When JavaScript is the first tool we reach for to solve every problem, we risk restricting access rather than expanding it.

—Jeremy Wagner, Responsible JavaScript

November 20th, 2021

Put into strict UX terms, some things cannot be designed in a human-centric and empathetic way. And those things should not be built.

—Eva PenzeyMoog, Design For Safety

November 16th, 2021

The idea that it’s alright to do whatever unethical thing is currently the industry norm is widespread in tech, and dangerous.

—Eva PenzeyMoog, Design For Safety

August 28th, 2021

The world cannot be understood without numbers. And it cannot be understood with numbers alone.

— Hans Rosling, Factfulness

August 11th, 2021

Should I press “play” on the toaster?

— A thing I said, just now.

August 10th, 2021

It’s the damnedest thing: The dead abandon you; then, with the passage of time, you abandon the dead.

— Jennifer Senior

June 2nd, 2021

One of the biggest paradoxes of doing consisently good work is that it starts to make you think that good work is what makes you a good person.

— @DesigningInward, blowing my mind at #UXfest.

February 24th, 2021

When you measure include the measurer.


January 29th, 2021

I arrive at the bus station and immediately long to get away so I can miss the place again from the safety of some distance.

— Colin Walsh

January 9th, 2021

Cynicism is a theory of everything.

— Rutger Bregman

October 30th, 2020

Replying to a tweet from @aardrian

Then make them real pages.

Completely agree with you there!

Big modals that are basically fake web pages—even if coded accessibly—feel deceptive, lacking in material honesty.

July 2nd, 2020

It feels like everything is falling to pieces outside, but remember that fundamentally, most people are actually nice to each other and when people aren’t nice to each other, it’s generally out of fear and hurt.

— Dan Hon

March 29th, 2020

I felt it right there in my chest, the cool clutch of a cliché: my heart sank.

— Machines Like Me

March 29th, 2020

My radio, with its irregular blobs of solder on a board, appears no less a wonder than consciousness itself arising from matter.

— Machines Like Me

March 19th, 2020

Replying to a tweet from @Aizlewood

Knock knock.

Who’s there?

Control freak—now you say “Control freak who?”

March 2nd, 2020

It was a comforting myth, and one I embraced because I had seen comfort, without realising it was only a myth.

— Abolish Silicon Valley

February 3rd, 2020

We are but whirlpools in a river of ever-flowing water. We are not stuff that abides, but patterns that perpetuate themselves.

— The Human Use Of Human Beings

August 1st, 2019

In elevating frontend to the land of Serious Code we have not just made things incredibly over-engineered but we have also set fire to all the ladders that we used to get up here in the first place.


April 10th, 2019

The real measure of information is not in the symbols we send—it’s in the symbols we could have sent, but did not.

— A Mind At Play

March 8th, 2019

The events of the world do not form an orderly queue, like the English. They crowd around chaotically, like Italians.

— The Order Of Time

March 7th, 2019

Don’t design to control; design to give control.

— Gerry McGovern

December 28th, 2018

> Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. — Groucho Marx

Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.

— Groucho Marx

October 15th, 2018

…and all the fond nothings of daily life should clothe themselves in elemental sparks and shoot with fiery speed in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, from hemisphere to hemisphere…

— A Thread Across The Ocean

September 4th, 2018

Conquerers live in dread of the day when they are shown to be, not superior, but simply lucky.

— The Stone Sky

August 6th, 2018

If a religion is a system of human norms and values that is founded on belief in superhuman order, then Soviet Communism was no less a religion than Islam.

— Sapiens

July 21st, 2018

Like a government diverting money from defence to education, humans diverted energy from biceps to neurons.

— Sapiens

July 5th, 2018

So many ways to screw the pooch, and just one staggeringly complex, scrupulously modelled, endlessly rehearsed, indefatigably tested way to succeed.

— Hidden Figures

April 22nd, 2018

They sat there in the evening of the last day. And, though there was no actual point to it, they loved each other.

— The Best Of Richard Matheson

March 6th, 2018

Photographs are photons on flypaper.

— The Ursa Major Moving Group

February 12th, 2018

Language is imperfect; poetry, perfectly imperfect.

— Time Travel

January 9th, 2018

And since we are speculating, we’ll use those powerful pseudo-laws, the Principles of Mediocrity and Minimal Assumption.

— A Fire Upon The Deep

October 13th, 2017

Technology isn’t destiny, no matter how inexorable its evolution may seem.

— The Dream Machine

September 29th, 2017

We are dead stars looking back up at the sky.

— Dr. Michelle Thaller


July 6th, 2017

The world spun the sun to the Center of the sky and then downward once more.

— Grass

January 8th, 2017

The circle of life on Ceres was so small you could see the curve.

— Leviathan Wakes

January 7th, 2017

The flower responded to the star.

— Helliconia Spring