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Throwback Thursday: Speak Up Archive

With the main theme of this 100-day project being to rediscover blogging and the spirit of the “old internet,” I thought it would be interesting to start doing a weekly throwback Thursday.

Ten years ago, Speak Up, a prominent graphic design blog, decided to stop publishing. Bryony Gomez Palacio and Armin Vit chose to leave its archives up, leaving the design and web communities with a treasure trove of history and context.

“I started the blog on a whim as a place to vent some frustrations and as a place for the endangered breed of traditional graphic designers in a jungle of web designers and developers.”

You might wonder why I’m posting this, as I’m exactly the type of person the folks on there complain about. It’s just important to study this type of history.

We’re obviously still around and not going anywhere anytime soon. Read the archives for fun and as a lesson in the importance of continuous learning and evolution if you want to enjoy a long career as a designer.


By Desiree Zamora Garcia

I like to eat, think, and take things apart.