You thought I was joking when I said this was an intermittent newsletter...
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The Intermittent Newsletter
by Jason Rodriguez

Here's what I've been up to and interested in lately…

A Few Tips on Building Slides

presentation time

With Litmus Live approaching (along with a few speaking gigs of my own), I've been thinking a lot about how to improve presentations. Here are my tips for building better slide decks. Hopefully they'll help out if you're prepping your own presentations.

Inspecting Email Accessibility in Firefox

the firefox accessibility inspector

Firefox just released the new Accessibility Inspector, which prompted me to revisit some additional tools for improving email accessibility in Firefox.

Things of Interest

Anna Yeaman from Style Campaign just published an amazing article on typographic grid systems for email, something that may be familiar to web designers but is rarely talked about in the email industry. Bookmark it.

An excellent analysis from Jason Kottke on the function of newsletters and the pervasive fear of the unsubscribe. I wish actual email marketers would take this to heart.

I mentioned I'm in conference mode… Here are some great tips on writing better conference pitches. The focus on the attendee over yourself is 💯.

Favorite Quotes

I like collecting quotes, which I routinely publish on my website as reminders to myself. I thought I'd start sharing them in my newsletter, too. Here are a couple of recent favorites.

It is very important to know who you are. To make decisions. To show who you are. - Malala Yousafzai
Don't let competition discourage you from building a thing. Everything has been done. You do it better. - Chris Coyier
Generosity is luck going in the opposite direction, away from you. If you’re generous to someone, if you do something to help him out, you are in effect making him lucky. This is important. It’s like inviting yourself into a community of good fortune. - Twyla Tharp

What's on your mind?

Strong reactions to any of the above? Want to chat about the web, email, or anything else? Email me and let me know. I promise I'll reply as soon as I can.