My design is my own

Over at TechCrunch land I see a lot of people are calling Mike Arrington a jerk for how he dealt with a designer. ValleyWag has the timeline.

A few thoughts.

1) This is why I do my own design. And I've been derided for that decision too. But, it's ugly. And it's mine. And I don't need to deal with anyone else's hurt feelings if someone calls my design wacky or ugly.
2) I immediately sent Mike Arrington an email when he emailed the design around to a group of his friends and said it sucked. Why? Cause it didn't work on my mobile phone. I hope he fixes that soon. Dave Winer's design is great for mobile phones, by the way. I know a lot of bloggers who read other people's blogs on mobile phones (at Northern Voice almost half the bloggers there said that they read blogs on phones at least occassionally).
3) I really hate the way people deal with each other on blog comments. Going ad hominem just sucks. It's far stronger just to argue ideas and not get personal. But, that's just me.
4) Over on CrunchNotes I sense a lot of jealousy for the position Mike now holds. (He's #1 on the Share your OPML site, for instance). The thing is, I've seen how hard Mike works to get his blog out there and done. Hey, Mike, I know how hard you work on your blog and I really appreciate it. While in the hospital I've been looking for a blog that comes close to watching the Silicon Valley geek industry and I haven't found one that comes close.

Anyway, it sucks having dirty laundry waving in the wind for everyone to see, but it's part of blogging. Not fun part, for sure, but I'll gladly trade places with anyone having a bit of blogging trouble this week.

Comments

  1. wow, bloggers are one sentimental bunch :) not to mention the commenters ;)

    I remember Michael not wanting a discussion at Techcrunch about the redesign, then someone commented that he liked the old Mike who used to listen to his readers. I guess that created the problem. His reader base got too huge and not neccessarily readers who gave suggestions for his benefit.

    Hey Robert, how do you sift out the scum from the community? (especially these annoying anonymous commenters ;) )

  2. wow, bloggers are one sentimental bunch :) not to mention the commenters ;)

    I remember Michael not wanting a discussion at Techcrunch about the redesign, then someone commented that he liked the old Mike who used to listen to his readers. I guess that created the problem. His reader base got too huge and not neccessarily readers who gave suggestions for his benefit.

    Hey Robert, how do you sift out the scum from the community? (especially these annoying anonymous commenters ;) )

  3. I can certainly understand how Rachel would be offended by Mike’s callous attitude.

    How did this turn into such a drama? Mike was just looking at another blog design, not cheating on his wife. Geesh. Designers are so overly sensitive.

    Oh, there. I’ve done it. Now I’m being callous, probably making inappropriate analogies.

    And anonymous. :P

  4. I can certainly understand how Rachel would be offended by Mike’s callous attitude.

    How did this turn into such a drama? Mike was just looking at another blog design, not cheating on his wife. Geesh. Designers are so overly sensitive.

    Oh, there. I’ve done it. Now I’m being callous, probably making inappropriate analogies.

    And anonymous. :P

  5. Did you do the cover design of Naked Conversations ?

    If so why is the “naked” blurred? (to convey depth?)

    I liked the nakedness of the cover design (from the stark fonts to the vacants spaces) – brought a sort of frankness to the book.

  6. Did you do the cover design of Naked Conversations ?

    If so why is the “naked” blurred? (to convey depth?)

    I liked the nakedness of the cover design (from the stark fonts to the vacants spaces) – brought a sort of frankness to the book.

  7. Wow, what a ridiculous story. I can’t believe how petty the designer was. Oh wait, having had to deal with prima donna designers before, yes I can. Not only was her behaviour childish and petty, but her design was lame to boot. Great career move, Rachel!

  8. Wow, what a ridiculous story. I can’t believe how petty the designer was. Oh wait, having had to deal with prima donna designers before, yes I can. Not only was her behaviour childish and petty, but her design was lame to boot. Great career move, Rachel!

  9. Just catched up with this episode of eDrama. Doubt I need to watch any soap operas for few weeks.

    Think both sides took this in a bit of unprofessional way. Altho the trend now-a-days seems to be to announce everthing you do in public, hoping that people who are affected catch it from there.

  10. Just catched up with this episode of eDrama. Doubt I need to watch any soap operas for few weeks.

    Think both sides took this in a bit of unprofessional way. Altho the trend now-a-days seems to be to announce everthing you do in public, hoping that people who are affected catch it from there.

  11. Robert

    I have to say that I did not like the new green theme.

    I discovered a number of tools reading TechCrunch and do apppreciate the fact that a busy guy like Mike still takes the time to answer my e-mails.

    I do learn a lot from Rachel as far as design goes.

    I think personally I would have tweaked the design in collaboration with the designer.

    I do not use one for my blog ‘Serge the Concierge’ but I did have someone design a logo for it and it involved quite a bit of back and forth until i was satisfied with the result.

    Take care

    Serge
    Biz:
    http://www.njconcierges.com
    Blog:
    http://www.sergetheconcierge.com

  12. Robert

    I have to say that I did not like the new green theme.

    I discovered a number of tools reading TechCrunch and do apppreciate the fact that a busy guy like Mike still takes the time to answer my e-mails.

    I do learn a lot from Rachel as far as design goes.

    I think personally I would have tweaked the design in collaboration with the designer.

    I do not use one for my blog ‘Serge the Concierge’ but I did have someone design a logo for it and it involved quite a bit of back and forth until i was satisfied with the result.

    Take care

    Serge
    Biz:
    http://www.njconcierges.com
    Blog:
    http://www.sergetheconcierge.com

  13. I’ve been reading from the sidelines for the past year and apologize for not saying anything sooner. I appreciate and respect you, your website and your contributions to the www.
    Your insights and networking open up new possibilities for the rest of us. For those of us on the “Z” list, especially here in Birmingham, your content is needed.
    I also express appreciation for your personal revelations at home with mom.
    Best regards,
    Mojo Denbow

  14. I’ve been reading from the sidelines for the past year and apologize for not saying anything sooner. I appreciate and respect you, your website and your contributions to the www.
    Your insights and networking open up new possibilities for the rest of us. For those of us on the “Z” list, especially here in Birmingham, your content is needed.
    I also express appreciation for your personal revelations at home with mom.
    Best regards,
    Mojo Denbow

  15. I’ve zipped through here enough to know that you’ve had to deal with some real hummers in comments. Is it any consolation to realize that those at Political Animal, say, can be straight from the zoo ?

  16. I’ve zipped through here enough to know that you’ve had to deal with some real hummers in comments. Is it any consolation to realize that those at Political Animal, say, can be straight from the zoo ?

  17. Scoble Dude, I think there’s an anti-Alist movement in the works and that this is part of it. Bloggers are getting tired of all the a-listers linking to each other in every other post. There’s no flatland. Never was.

  18. Scoble Dude, I think there’s an anti-Alist movement in the works and that this is part of it. Bloggers are getting tired of all the a-listers linking to each other in every other post. There’s no flatland. Never was.

  19. Wow, everyone shows their unprofessional childish pissy fitting. You know, if you are going to crap all over yourself, do it private.

  20. Wow, everyone shows their unprofessional childish pissy fitting. You know, if you are going to crap all over yourself, do it private.

  21. This issue is getting blown way out of proportion, but then again, can’t say I didn’t expect it. Techcrunch is the top geek blog around the world and the sheer numbers say it all. While the green layout is decent, it doesn’t suit Techcrunch at all, especially the shade of green. It lacks proffesionalism, but I don’t really mind the ads, my image blocker, blocks em all.! ;)

    I also think the fault lies with everyone. Mike Arrington should have given a bit more freedom to his designer as she has better experience in these matters than dictate her but at the same time Rachel should learn to take criticism and things in the right way. In today’s world, if you can’t take these both, you’ll go nowhere. People power matters a lot.

    @Robert Scoble:: Design matters a lot!! While content may be king, I think the right design accelrates anything, be it a book, blog, website, etc…

    You should really be looking at your own design… IMHO, it’s a bit too plain. Some little spize, couple of font changes and borders would be great… After all, a personal blog is your home and you should feel free make it bright, light ,however you feel it. I’m not really asking for a revamp or anything but atleast a slight change to make it more pleasing to the eye.

  22. This issue is getting blown way out of proportion, but then again, can’t say I didn’t expect it. Techcrunch is the top geek blog around the world and the sheer numbers say it all. While the green layout is decent, it doesn’t suit Techcrunch at all, especially the shade of green. It lacks proffesionalism, but I don’t really mind the ads, my image blocker, blocks em all.! ;)

    I also think the fault lies with everyone. Mike Arrington should have given a bit more freedom to his designer as she has better experience in these matters than dictate her but at the same time Rachel should learn to take criticism and things in the right way. In today’s world, if you can’t take these both, you’ll go nowhere. People power matters a lot.

    @Robert Scoble:: Design matters a lot!! While content may be king, I think the right design accelrates anything, be it a book, blog, website, etc…

    You should really be looking at your own design… IMHO, it’s a bit too plain. Some little spize, couple of font changes and borders would be great… After all, a personal blog is your home and you should feel free make it bright, light ,however you feel it. I’m not really asking for a revamp or anything but atleast a slight change to make it more pleasing to the eye.

  23. Is this post necessary? Kind of feels like you’re adding to the A-List pile-on. How about some news from outside of the A-List circle?! Hoping for content that is new, different, unique, positive.

  24. Is this post necessary? Kind of feels like you’re adding to the A-List pile-on. How about some news from outside of the A-List circle?! Hoping for content that is new, different, unique, positive.

  25. “Mike Arrington should have given a bit more freedom to his designer as she has better experience in these matters than dictate her”

    Since he’s the one paying, I think he has the right to give her as little freedom as he wishes. If she doesn’t like the work terms, she probably she shouldn’t take the job in the first place.

  26. “Mike Arrington should have given a bit more freedom to his designer as she has better experience in these matters than dictate her”

    Since he’s the one paying, I think he has the right to give her as little freedom as he wishes. If she doesn’t like the work terms, she probably she shouldn’t take the job in the first place.