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 are the big issues?
Jason Kottke: I would like the American political process to change. I don’t know how, or when. I just don’t know how that would happen or how it’s going to happen. I feel like we have this two party system that is serving the two party system and big companies in America to the detriment of the supposed populous of America; who the government is supposed to be serving. And I also think the environment is a big issue. I was just reading about green accounting this morning, which is basically trying to work the environment into the balance sheet on a corporate level so that if you.
The example was if you chop down a redwood tree to make a picnic table, like for the picnic table maker that has an effect on their bottom line, and it has an effect on the U.S. GDP. But what effect does that have on people who would normally use that redwood in its natural sort of environment? And so we have all this wealth that’s essentially being created from nature – I mean from the energy of the sun; from well pretty much from the energy of the sun, and the energy of the earth, and through people’s sweat and things like that.
And you have all these companies making all this money from nature. But I think the balance sheet is kind of uneven in that regard. I don’t think we’re giving enough back. And at some point we’re going to find ourselves in trouble asfar as not having enough planet to live on perhaps.
October 9, 2007