the upsurge of content on the web has produced needs for design, and I always appreciate Automattic’s designs across the board. I love what others do with their designs, I love the thoughtfulness of automation they support to make my life easier in ways i hadn’t even thought it could be easier. My thoughts on themes and designs, however, jumped into the spoken word realm.
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So, if you turn on your Public Radio or any government meeting and there’s a millennial with a microphone, you will know of what I speak, right?!
“I get you,” would have been your Millennial response unless you use the “b” option of, “I get it,” trigger words in sentences that indicate you are well informed, enlightened, up-to-speed and are on the same page, usually, however, used as a transition to present exactly why even though they think YOU get it, YOU are wrong.
Which usually then is responded to with the “ultimate” preemptive transition du jour, “So, . . . . . . ” giving everyone in the room the speakers earnest assurances that yes, you may have poked a whole here or there, but ultimately, I am the right decider on this issue.
BEWARE of anyone who uses that qualifier or context. For what is about to be said is usual a load of pre-fab crap to be rejected as the root premise or context for the discussion because its usually qualifies the speaker’s or presenter’s justifications for excusing whatever it is they do not want to consider as relevant or necessary to be responsible for in the discussion, at least not really beyond their stating that statement; yet, the speaker, by voicing it, give the perception and deep assurances that what they’ve just said is a most important element to them and its already addressed or “handled,” and then they try to get your buy-in to that reality with them with that seemingly questioning uptoned, “right?”
These language designs do much like the themes of a blog, creating a tone and a vibe of flow of communication and expression. This one is a deceptive form of communication that disempowers the uninitiated public (especially in public dialogues) through tricks of human emotions and interplay in a public slowly waking up to all the ways this has been done in the past without using such a pervasive cadence theme in our conversations.
This present one is almost as annoying as “Oh My God, For Sure,” of the Valley Girl Language of the 80s, yet way more dangerous because of the political use of it. This new language design, I call “NPRepugnant.” I cannot wait until it goes out of vogue, unfortunately, its only at the beginning of its cycle now. que sera sera.
be aWARe of the language manipulators and remember the truths we hold to be self-evident.
Resonar, designed by Automattic’s own Takashi Irie, made its debut in March. Created for food and design bloggers to showcase photography and longform posts, we’ve loved watching how you’ve turned Resonar on its head.
Here are five of our favorite takes, from simple and chic to full-color and bold.
Writer, filmmaker, and musician Joshua Porter transformed Resonar into a stark, high-impact portfolio site:
He opts for a static front page rather than a regular blog, populating it with a single row of monochrome that link to his books, music, and podcast. A simple menu helps visitors get in touch, hear more music, or dig into his blog posts. Open the widget panel — on Resonar, you’ll find it cleverly hidden behind the three dots to the right of the menu — to reveal his social media connections, including Twitter and Instagram feeds.
Jessie Murray is chronicling…
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