Rob Knight

This is my list of things I’ve found (articles, videos, presentations) that struck a chord with me. You can see all of my things on Pinboard.

  • January 08, 2017

    Understanding Rural America isn’t the problem

    "For us “coastal elites” who understand evolution, genetics, science…nothing we say to those in fly-over country is going to be listened to because not only are we fighting against an anti-education belief system, we are arguing against God. You aren’t winning a battle of beliefs with these people if you are on one side of the argument and God is on the other. No degree of understanding this is going to suddenly make them less racist, more open to reason and facts. Telling “urban elites” they need to understand rural Americans isn’t going to lead to a damn thing because it misses the causes of the problem."

  • December 14, 2016

    Five Leadership Hacks – Rands in Repose

    These are good. And small. And easy to make into habits.

  • December 11, 2016

    10 Font pairing resources

    Sites that recommend font pairings and font stacks.

  • November 15, 2016

    How we broke democracy

    Tips for ideological isolation in social media.

  • October 14, 2016

    Be kind

    "Be kind and see the potential in people. Give them a break."

  • June 23, 2016

    Don't scar on the first cut

    Great advice for organizations, period.

  • May 29, 2016

    Insights into managing software developers

    Aimed at software development, but really this is excellent advice for anyone who manages a team. In particular, I like his point that management of software developers is not a step up from development, it's just another job that anyone may or may not be good at.

  • May 22, 2016

    Your brain does not process information and it is not a computer

    Waving goodbye to the flawed metaphor that our brains are computers, storing copies of experiences and processing information the same way every time.

  • May 21, 2016

    How technology hijacks people’s minds

    The kind of design essay we need more of. A tour of how technology is designed to draw you in to spending more time using technology. And some ideas for how technology could do better.

  • May 14, 2016

    How typography can save your life

    The implications of typographic choices in critical user interfaces. This is a must-read for designers.

  • May 08, 2016

    Being A Developer After 40

    Excellent career and life advice from a developer who has reached that dinosaur level of 40. I think as the field matures, so will it's workforce. There is a place for experience in this career path, and it will compliment the youthful energy that dominates start-up land today.

  • May 01, 2016

    Casey Gerald: The gospel of doubt

    A simply marvelous and thoughtful talk by Casey Gerald, who urges us all to question our beliefs and embrace uncertainty. There is plenty to ponder in this talk--about religion, capitalism, inequality, and empathy. I loved this talk for how uncomfortable it made me feel about some of my assumptions.

  • April 21, 2016

    How to Explain Mansplaining

    "The manologue takes many forms, but is characterized by the proffering of words not asked for, of views not solicited and of arguments unsought. It is underwritten by the doubtful assumption that the audience will naturally be interested, and that this interest will not flag. And that when it comes to speeches or commentary, longer is better."

  • April 16, 2016

    The sugar conspiracy

    Exceptional article from The Guardian: In 1972, a British scientist sounded the alarm that sugar – and not fat – was the greatest danger to our health. But his findings were ridiculed and his reputation ruined. How did the world’s top nutrition scientists get it so wrong for so long?

  • April 15, 2016

    For Good Men To See Nothing

  • April 10, 2016

    A simple guide to color

    Excellent Smashing Magazine article shows you a simple color selection workflow.

  • February 01, 2016

    The “Star Wars” kids aren’t alright

    A fabulous read on the symbolism of The Force Awakens and a great take down of some of the disturbing elements of internet culture over the past couple of years.

  • January 06, 2016

    Content and Display Patterns by Dan Mall

  • December 19, 2015

    Why are projects always behind schedule?

    "Planners tend to neglect their full experience of how much time similar tasks require, and focus on an idealized projection of how the task might go."

  • December 12, 2015

    Take your conscience to work

    A thoughtful essay about bringing empathy and idealism to work. Offscreen magazine is one of the best magazines I've ever subscribed too. This essay makes me even more glad I support Kai and his work.

  • November 28, 2015

    Forget about the mobile internet

    "There is not the 'mobile internet' and the internet. Rather, if anything, it's the internet and the 'desktop internet'."

  • November 22, 2015

    People who spend money on experiences instead of things are much happier

    "We buy things to make us happy, and we succeed. But only for a while. New things are exciting to us at first, but then we adapt to them."

  • November 22, 2015

    Clearing your desk, clearing your mind

    "Just removing stuff, ruthlessly, with no remorse, no looking back, no what-if's can sometimes be the best way to clear one's life and mind."

  • November 12, 2015

    It's going to be OK

    A lovely tribute to Gene Roddenberry.

  • November 05, 2015

    Lightroom post-production workflow

    This is an excellent description of what a photographer does after a shoot.