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A week in the life of Jeffrey Zeldman, Founder & Chair, Happy Cog. Founder & Publisher, A List Apart. Co-founder, A Book Apart, An Event Apart.


=====Monday=====


Feb. 16.

In Atlanta for the first (of eight) “An Event Apart” conferences this year.

My daughter, on Winter Break from fourth grade, spends the day with family friends, visiting the Coca-Cola museum and other Atlanta attractions.

I give the opening keynote (“Career Advice from a Cranky Old Man”) and spend the rest of the day listening to, watching, evaluating, and photographing all the other Day I speakers.

Atlanta is unseasonably cold and icy. 

 

=====Tuesday=====


Feb. 17.

Publish two articles in A List Apart: “The Specialist-Generalist Balance” by Garin Evans, and “A New Way to Listen,” by Indi Young.

Publish “An Event Apart Resources: Articles, Links, and Tools From An Event Apart Atlanta 2015” on aneventapart.com.

Introduce Day II An Event Apart speakers in alternation with co-host and co-founder Eric Meyer.

After Day II of conference concludes, daughter and I take a night flight to New York. We arrive home 2:00 AM Wednesday. Tough on a ten-year-old kid. 

 

=====Wednesday=====


Feb. 18.

A Book Apart team meeting in NYC. Planning  the release schedule for this year and next with Jason Santa Maria and Katel LeDu.

Hype Gym, training with Candice Pell.

NYC photo walk (cut short because the New York weather is bitter cold).

Play Minecraft with and read to daughter. (It’s still her week off through Sunday night, so I take most of the day off too.)

Watch daughter draw.

Publish “Once More, Wiz Feeling: Magical UX and the Internet of Things with Josh Clark” and “Deep Crate: An Event Apart 2015 Playlist” on aneventapart.com.

Publish “Prioritizing Structure in Web Content Projects” by Eileen Webb in A List Apart.

 

=====Thursday=====


Feb. 19.

Breakfast at Penelope with designer Sarah Parmenter, 8:30 AM.

Big Web Show podcast interview with designer Khoi Vinh, recorded in front of live audience on 5by5 network at 11:00 AM.

Home at noon for grocery delivery from Fresh Direct.

Post Episode № 128 of The Big Web Show at 5by5.

Publish “Managing and Making: It Doesn’t Have to Be One or the Other” by Rian Van Der Merwe in A List Apart.

Teach in the MFA Interaction Design program at NYC School of Visual Arts at from 6:00pm to 8:00 pm, with guest lecturer Khoi Vinh. (Yep, a double Khoi day.)

Back home, celebrate Chinese New Year with dumplings and such. 

 

=====Friday=====


Feb. 20.

Hype Gym, training with Candice Pell.

A Space Apart studio, releasing Ethan Marcotte video for An Event Apart.

Take daughter to doctor (routine) 4:15pm.

Publish “One Head, Many Hats: Designing For Social Behavior with Sarah Parmenter at An Event Apart Boston” and “The Map & The Territory by Ethan Marcotte – An AEA Video” on aneventapart.com.

 

=====Saturday=====


Feb. 21.

Still bitter cold in NYC.

12:00 noon, A List Apart social media hangout with ALA editorial staff, discussing strategy and tactics to improve the ALA social media experience for our community.

Later, time daughter as she takes fourth grade New York State reading pre-test from school. Afterwards, approvingly watch as she and her best friend raise hell on a play date.

 

=====Sunday=====


Feb. 22.

Day off.

Time daughter as she takes fourth grade NYS math pre-test.

Math doesn’t go as well as reading did yesterday.

An ice cream sandwich afterwards helps.




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Jeffrey Zeldman
Jeffrey Zeldman

Designer Yesenia Perez-Cruz, one of 12 great speakers at An Event Apart Atlanta 2015.
Designer Yesenia Perez-Cruz, one of 12 great speakers at An Event Apart Atlanta 2015.

Designer Daniel Mall, one of 12 great speakers at An Event Apart Atlanta 2015.
Designer Daniel Mall, one of 12 great speakers at An Event Apart Atlanta 2015.

Designer Sarah Parmenter, one of 12 great speakers at An Event Apart Atlanta 2015.
Designer Sarah Parmenter, one of 12 great speakers at An Event Apart Atlanta 2015.

breakfast with designer Sarah Parmenter at Penelope restaurant, NYC.
breakfast with designer Sarah Parmenter at Penelope restaurant, NYC.

Toby Malina, producer for An Event Apart, in The Red Chair at A Space Apart.
Toby Malina, producer for An Event Apart, in The Red Chair at A Space Apart.

Type designer Nick Sherman of Font Bureau, at A Space Apart shared design studio.
Type designer Nick Sherman of Font Bureau, at A Space Apart shared design studio.

'You're My Favorite Client,' A Book Apart book by Mike Monteiro
"You're My Favorite Client," A Book Apart book by Mike Monteiro

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