This year when I got into the habit of unsubscribing from every single unsolicited email message that arrived in my inbox, I started enjoying email again. I started sending friends little notes. “Real” email had been such a thing of the past that I accidentally typed out “snail mail” as I started this post.
Some people I know have started newsletters as a way to stay in touch with people digitally, on their own terms. Some of them used to blog. Others wanted to, but never got to it.
If you had told me a couple of years ago that I would look forward to receiving newsletters I would have Elaine-pushed you. Yet these newsletters have become a new form of RSS feed for me, a way to share in what others are enjoying on the internet. They feel like a calm and sensible list of things to read during my free time. Using social media as a feed, on the other hand, is never-ending, out of control, and gamed.
Here are some I enjoy and support. They are by people who are not strangers, and I actually read them.
My twice-old colleague David Kennedy started this newsletter because “web workers should think about, talk about and practice accessibility differently. Anyone can make the Web more accessible one change at a time. That only happens if we share our knowledge, and this is one way I’m sharing mine.”
If you want to understand accessibility without the bullshit or drama, please sign up for this one.
I’ve only known of Jorge via his work, writing, and friends of his, but if you’re interested in learning how information architecture goes beyond “just websites” this is a good one. Other topics he covers include ethical design, leadership, systems, and more.
This one is for people who don’t think they’re futurists, or who can’t stand alarmist futurist clickbait. It’s also good for futurists who need to calm the fuck down. Critical, yet thoughtful. Smarter than you, but never pedantic. Just full of awe and wonder for technology. It’s very Alexis.
Mule Design’s Newsletter
Erika Hall and Mike Monteiro’s writing feels like what Ernest Hemingway would sound like if he wasn’t depressed and drunk all the time. The swearing is borderline Shakespearean, too. I read it for entertainment but it’s also excellent for you know, my job.
A List Apart
Last but not least. If you are a person who makes websites–meaning, any thing that runs in a browser–you have to keep up with this one. But I might be biased.