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Spammers, Evildoers, and Opportunists

Search Engine Optimization is not a legitimate form of marketing. It should not be undertaken by people with brains or souls. If someone charges you money for SEO, they are running a scam.

DePo Skinny Theme for WordPress

The DePo Skinny theme for WordPress is a variation on my original DePo Clean theme, developed by myself and my…

Rhymes with “Neener”

Introducing The Magazineer, a blog for people who make and love magazines.

Miss Me?

So I’m back. Why? A few reasons. I’ve got a few posts percolating in me and I need a place…

10 Insights on Blogs from PEW

Notable insights from the PEW Internet study on blogging: 1. “The most popular topic among bloggers is their life and…

Generation M

I’m 33. That means I’m stuck somewhere in between Generation X and Y. Generation X was stereotyped as lazy postmodernists,…

Infinite Gates

A small note to all those staring deeply into their navels and fretting about the role of gatekeepers in the…

Embrace your bottom!

I mentioned this idea briefly when I posted about the recent redesign, but I wanted to expand it further. Web…

How Tags Happened at Technorati

It’s been six months since we added Tags to Technorati (where I’m Senior Designer), and as it turns out, it…

The New New Thing

Seven months ago, when I told my friends and family that I’d taken a job at Technorati, they all had…


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





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