Hi, I’m Jonathan. I live in Minneapolis, and I make websites. I’m into design, theology, justice, and grace.
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A blog about design, faith, and how they work together. View All Posts
March 13, 2018
activism / books / spirituality / theology
I had a chance to read a copy of Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove’s new book, Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion, which examines the ways Christianity in America is, and has always been, torn in two. He further examines how especially as a product of white Christianity in the South who participates in the black led freedom movement that has always existed alongside the religion of slaveholders, he is also torn in two.
September 27, 2017
politics / theology
I have thoughts about the flag, the anthem, the pledge that are not directly related to my thoughts about protesting during the anthem (which of course I support).
I don’t stand for the anthem. I sit. I have since the aftermath of 9/11, as clearly as I can remember (there may have been a gap, but it’s been more than a decade at least). It’s relatively rare that I’m in a place where people say the pledge, but if I am in such a place, I don’t say it. I wouldn’t go to a church that had a US flag in it, unless it also had a LOT of other flags. None of the flags or all of the flags, is what I’m saying.
May 15, 2017
Recently the topic of diversity in conference speakers, specifically among radical Christian folk, came up on my Facebook when the website for The Peace of the Gospel was launched, and of the twenty speakers nineteen of them were white. I saw a few different things happening in the discussion, and I was reminded of some things I’ve learned.
Items of Interest
Collecting amazing and interesting things on the web. View All Items
May 26, 2015
design / mobile / user experience
It’s time to recognise that this is the wrong approach. We shouldn’t try to compete with native apps in terms set by the native apps. Instead, we should concentrate on the unique web selling points: its reach, which, more or less by definition, encompasses all native platforms, URLs, which are fantastically useful and don’t work in a native environment, and its hassle-free quality.
May 9, 2015
design / portfolios
Any portfolio is the start of a conversation. It needs to invite discussion, further questioning, and that all important call-back.
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.
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 CareerBuilder.com 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.