Jason Rodriguez

Writer, designer, web + email advocate.

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Email Design Podcast Roundup

Published on August 18, 2017

It’s been a long time since I last posted any episodes of The Email Design Podcast, despite us still recording them on a weekly basis. To remedy that, here’s the latest episode, wherein I talk about my top five tips for making email campaigns more accessible.

I recorded that one solo, which was a first but hopefully not a last (sorry, Kevin!). Recording on my own was actually really fun, especially when I got to discuss a topic like accessibility in email.

If you want to catch up on some of the more recent episodes, here’s a list that should keep you busy for quite a while:

Fun Facts About Confederate Statues

Published on August 18, 2017

The Nib at it again. Kudos to Scott Bateman for summarizing things so effectively.

Logbook: August 17, 2017

Published on August 17, 2017

Found out yesterday that I need to have all four of my wisdom teeth yanked out. Not an exciting prospect, but if it helps get rid of the pain in my jaw, I’m all for it.

In other news, I’m inching closer and closer to announcing my next project. It started as a simple update to Professional Email Design but has grown into so much more. I’m getting very excited to get it out into the world.

Plans Change

Published on August 15, 2017

I announced a while back that the second edition of Professional Email Design was coming out today. What I didn’t know then was that my plans for the second edition would evolve into a much larger project. That’s my way of saying that there won’t be a book update today. My plans have changed.

While I’m not ready to release a ton of information on that evolved project yet, I can provide a few more details.

I know a ton of you are itching for the update and I’m grateful for your patience. It sucks to postpone things this much, but I want to make sure I get it right.

I’ll be back later for more updates (once I fix those issues mentioned above), so stay tuned here or via my newsletter.

Logbook: August 14, 2017

Published on August 14, 2017

A lackluster day. Attended a few meetings, which were fine, and spent some time learning more about some new work. I’m excited about the new stuff on my plate, but think it will take a bit of time to get up-to-speed on it before becoming effective at managing it. That sounds reasonable, but the business is increasingly fast-paced and none of us seem to have any breathing room. My hunch is that could be problematic in the long run, but maybe we’ll get our bearings while blazing ahead. We’ll see.

I am very excited about my upcoming personal project, which I’ll be mentioning a bit tomorrow and revealing (hopefully) later this week, pending some DNS and SSL setup issues. More tomorrow…


Published on August 10, 2017

Another excellent take on why the Googler manifesto is such bullshit and so damned harmful, this time from Jeremy Keith. This middle section is worth including at length:

This is how we get to a situation where men who don’t consider themselves to be sexist in any way—who consider themselves to be good people—end up posting about the Google memo in their workplace Slack channels as though it were a topic worthy of debate. It. Is. Not.

“A-ha!” cry the oh-so-logical and thoroughly impartial men, “If a topic cannot even be debated, you must be threatened by the truth!”

That is one possible conclusion, yes. Or—and this is what Occam’s razor would suggest—it might just be that I’m fucking sick of this. Sick to my stomach. I am done. I am done with even trying to reason with people who think that they’re the victimised guardians of truth and reason when they’re actually just threatened by the thought of a world that doesn’t give them special treatment.

I refuse to debate this. Does that make me inflexible? Yep, sure does. But, y’know, not everything is worthy of debate. When the very premise of the discussion is harmful, all appeals to impartiality ring hollow.

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