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Don’t Work for Assholes

I didn’t like him, but what did I know? Maybe this is just how the freelance web design business worked. I took the gig. It was, of course, a nightmare.

What’s Your Suggestion?

Critique sessions are rarely about suggesting solutions. In fact, to suggest alternatives would be insulting. It’d be like someone telling Picasso to make all those brush strokes blend in more.

Pixish, Spec Work, and Graggers

This post also appears in Pixish News. During the Jewish holiday of Purim, we tell a story about a dude…

Paul Graham’s Six Principles for Making New things

I like to find (a) simple solutions (b) to overlooked problems (c) that actually need to be solved, and (d)…

How Pixish Happened

With some stories, it’s hard to know where to begin. I could start with my obsession with photography and magazines…


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Hi, I’m Derek. I make awesome community-centric web stuff. I sometimes post things to Flickr and Twitter. I’m mostly harmless. More.





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