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

Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion

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.

The flag, the anthem, the pledge, the troops

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.

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.