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Tagged: interviews

Interview with Matt Mullenweg on the new WordPress release cycle and more image/svg+xml

I had the opportunity to interview Matt Mullenweg at the end of WordCamp US 2016, and we chatted about the new WordPress development cycle, the WordPress REST API, and more.

Following on from State of the Word, 2016, it’s good to see Brian and Matt discussing the announcements in a less formal manner. Their discussion around the REST API and defining its success (starts around 11:50) was most interesting, although I found Matt’s answer somewhat woolly. Authentication issues aside, I’m wondering if the slow adoption of the REST API is related to a lack of firm commitment to the feature? Or maybe it’s just too advanced for the majority of WordPress users. Regardless of the reason, it would be good to hear a solid commitment to it.

Obsessive GIF Artist Al Boardman on the Importance of Personal Projects image/svg+xml

Al Boardman, prolific GIF-creator and expert animator, has created motion graphics for an impressive list of famous brands (including Nike, IBM, and Twitter). His signature style is simple yet sophisticated, with a color palette and a smoothness that sucks the viewer in.

Al Boardman’s GIFs are both wonderful and inspirational; after browsing his collection, I feel like I want to do less coding and more designing. I’m thinking that I might have another play with my site’s design soon. The current minimal design is nice, but not much fun.

At the start, I had no clients, no contacts and no work, but I eventually picked up a few low-paid bits and bobs from startups around the city. It didn’t lead to much, so, I decided to try a different approach, and one that I’d recommend highly. I stopped chasing low-paid work that I didn’t particularly want to do and focused on creating work for myself.

Oh, and the interview is a pretty good read too.