Jason Kottke is a blogger and former web designer. Educated at Coe College, Kottke began his career as a web designer in 1986. He worked on design projects for companies as diverse as Charles Schwab, Target, and the University of Minnesota. He designed the now-ubiquitous typeface Silkscreen in 1999, which has since been adopted by Adobe, MTV and Volvo. He has served on the Advisory Board for SXSW Interactive since 2000. In 2005, he announced he had left his web design job to work on his blog full-time. The site is now supported by paid advertisements. Kottke lives in New York City.
Question: What do you do?
Jason Kottke: II look at lots of things online all day and try and figure out how to explain them to other people – these things that I find.
I’ve always liked to learn. It’s a continual sort of learning, discovering – just finding out about stuff I didn’t know about. You know I can’t think of much better ways to spend my time, I guess.
It takes a lot out of you. You know you go on vacation, and you go to a beach and that’s really relaxing. And your mind is not engaged, and it’s very relaxing. And there’s other vacations where you go to a big city and you’re constantly going to museums, and openings, and restaurants, and you’re engaged very intensely. And I feel like the blogging for me is that intense engagement. And so you know doing that pretty much full time, day after day, it wears you down. It can wear you down.
October 9, 2007