Jonathan Stegall

Hi, I’m Jonathan. I live in Minneapolis, and I make websites. I’m into design, theology, justice, and grace.

You can read more about me, see what I do, or just say hi. Especially on Twitter.


A blog about design, faith, and how they work together. View All Posts

MailChimp interest groups in update profile forms

November 13, 2014


I’ve recently been doing some customization of MailChimp forms – essentially just wrapping the data in our own HTML so we can style it. While doing this, specifically with the Update Profile form that subscribers can click in the footer of emails, I ran into issues where the checkboxes were not correctly checked, leaving users with no way of understanding which newsletters they might already be subscribed to.

The Unkingdom of God from Mark van Steenwyk

June 9, 2014

activism / books / theology

Mark, of course, is a Christian Anarchist. It’s a lovely thing to see in Mark, his family, and in his community, and one I’ve always found compelling. For myself I tend to waver between just being a leftist vs going all the way to being an anarchist, but things like this make me more and more convinced his is the way I want to follow. But regardless, this particular book takes aim at Empire and Christianity through the lens of the gospel and anarchism.

Items of Interest

Collecting amazing and interesting things on the web. View All Items

Ultra-Contextual Design

May 6, 2015

design / design research / journey map / user experience / user research

Every experience could blend into the aether and let me get on with life. Instead, video ads auto-play at full volume just when I thought I had my work computer muted, my “smart” coffee maker takes 10 steps to brew a new pot, and every new app download asks for information that I’m not sure I want to give up. I’m constantly bombarded with dumb experiences, but we can make them smarter with ultra-contextual design. Context-aware systems provide information and utilities to people based on the tasks they are trying to accomplish.

A Complete Guide to SVG Fallbacks | CSS-Tricks

May 4, 2015

design / images / svg

Here at CSS-Tricks, there’s a lot of information telling you how wonderful SVG is. And as much as we want to convince you that SVG is for Everybody, SVG isn’t as widely used as we would like. In fact, some people still (literally) don’t get SVG.

What Really Matters: Focusing on Top Tasks · An A List Apart Article

April 23, 2015

a list apart / design / design strategy / user experience

The solution is to make hard choices using Top Tasks Management. Top tasks are the small set of tasks (usually less than 10, often less than five) that matter most to your customers. Make these tasks work well, and you’ll be on the right track. Get them wrong, and chances are you’ll lose the customer.

Top Tasks Management is a model that says: “Focus on what really matters (the top tasks) and defocus on what matters less (the tiny tasks).”


My work happens in my day job, and occasionally on interesting side projects. View My Work

Who I work with

I've spent the past several years in various roles at MinnPost, Emory University, AirWatch, and in Minneapolis and Atlanta. I've consulted on projects locally and in other places across North America.

How I work

I do design strategy, design research, user interface design, and build responsive websites with HTML5 and CSS. I'm passionate about discovering and solving problems, learning about people to make things they like to use, and beautiful interfaces.