Inbox by Gmail – The Verge →

Dieter Bohn:

Inbox also does the same sort of email triaging that has made Mailbox, Acompli, and other Gmail apps so popular. You can “snooze” a message away and have it reappear at a certain time or a certain geolocation.

Thrilled to see this finally see the light of day. I saw mocks for this all the way back in 2008 (when the first prototype got off the ground internally). A lot has changed since then, so I think it was indeed worth the wait. I honestly never thought it’d launch publicly… very happy for the team.

An all-new

I originally bought this domain way back in the fall of 1999 as I started undergrad at GaTech and didn’t know a thing about web design. The primary goal was to carve out a space where I could organize and share my design portfolio as I went through school in hopes to land a job. The secondary goal was for it to serve as a blog… because that was the state of the art of sharing yourself online in ’99. However, the idea of a simple-to-use CMS didn’t exist — things like Blogger and WordPress still had yet to be dreamed up. So running a blog meant slinging files over FTP and updating the archives all by hand with each new post. It was a lot of manual work, but none of us knew much better. In the end, both goals were achieved, though the implementation evolved over the years as the web matured.

Here’s a screenshot of my site in 1999. Built with Flash, as you hovered the cubes, the blue sides would spring off the edge. And, oh the pipes: For some reason I found it cool to put a vertical divider between my first and last name.

This site in 1999.

Eventually I shed the blog, keeping only the portfolio (a light-weight one at best) and a WordPress instance running.1 However, there was a core problem to this setup: The portfolio pages were implemented pretty much out-of-band from WordPress. So updating the portfolio meant working like I did in 1999. Which practically, just didn’t happen.2

Below is a shot of what this site looked like just after I left Google. I’m still fond of its directness, but it didn’t leave much room to grow.


For many reasons, I always viewed the blog and portfolio as two very different things—so much that I eventually spun up to capture miscellaneous design-related links.3 Until this summer when I realized I might be able to get the best of both worlds with the right design. As a result, the new is both a blog and portfolio, but all published with WordPress.4 In this design, a new portfolio piece is… well, also a blog entry. My hope is that this simplification will allow me to write more about design while also showing some off the work that goes into what my team produces each day.

More than anything though, the web was matured just so dramatically since 1999 (more significantly in the past 5 years) that I can’t help but want to have a place where I can try the new tools and share what I’m learning along the way.5

  1. Here’s what the front page looked like from 2000-2002 (I love seeing my Mac desktop, the apps in my dock, and fact that the site is advertised as “best viewed with Internet Explorer” (my, how things have changed), a picture of it circa 2003, and right up to 2007.
  2. Working at Google during this period also meant that adding new work to my portfolio simply couldn’t happen.
  3. My plan is to fold that kind of content into and through my @joshteague Twitter handle.
  4. Over the years—born out of my frustration WordPress—I toyed with just about every CMS out there, including lightweight static sites with Jekyll. In the end though, the ecosystem of tools and community surrounding WordPress has kept me coming back.
  5. I’m talking things like beautiful web fonts, SASS, amazing prototyping tools, easier local development and version control, mobile, and on and on.

Pied Piper →

Noted Silicon Valley entrepreneur and bon vivant Erlich Bachmann has founded both Palo Alto’s Hacker Hostel incubator (allowed to reopen by the Sheriff’s Department in 2011) and the airline booking aggregator Aviato, acquired by a major airline in 2008 for low seven figures. That’s right. Seven. Figures.

Teaser product site for HBO’s newest comedy. I’m anxious to watch episode 3 tonight…