Jonathan Stegall

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

How Americans view themselves, through a lens of social movements

January 14, 2017


After Donald Trump tweeted about how John Lewis was all talk and no action, and the people of Twitter lined up to praise Lewis (mostly) or Trump (some) in various ways, I started thinking about the different ways Americans view social movements, and the ways that shapes and is revealed by how we view ourselves. Specifically the Civil Rights Movement, but also others that work for black liberation. My thought is that how we view those movements in relation to the overall nature and trajectory of America is important and revealing for our current time.

Lament, and then follow it

November 12, 2016


If you, as a white Christian, are sad or angry, a little or a lot, about Donald Trump’s victory and its aftermath, that is a beginning, not an end. Don’t sugarcoat it. Lament. Then follow where the lamentation leads. It will lead, if you let it, to honesty and truth telling. You’ll be able to be honest about why our country is like that, and indeed the extent to which it has and has not always been like that. Our country is and has always been fiercely unwilling to do that kind of work, and most of us are individually unwilling as well. This moment presents an opportunity, perhaps, for people who wouldn’t normally do this work to engage it.

What I’d like to see happen, and what I think will happen, in 2016’s presidential election

October 26, 2016


I don’t often make predictions about elections. During the Republican primaries this election, I listened to the voices of women and people of color who were saying Trump could win, and I took them seriously and believed he could. Before Minnesota was ready to vote, I was convinced he would be the nominee (and that Hillary would be the Democratic nominee, although I figured both would lose in Minnesota, as they did). There’s nothing to value in these predictions, in my opinion, except the ability to listen to people who most pundits ignored, and then acted like nobody saw it coming.

In any case, for most of this season, I figured it could be possible for Trump to win the general, but have had no interest in predicting what would happen. Recently I’ve become relatively convinced he’ll lose, and in light of that I’d like to reflect on what else I think will happen, and also what I would like to happen.

Items of Interest

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

Web vs. native: let’s concede defeat

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.

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.


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.