CAN YOU TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND AND HOW YOU ENDED UP AT FAST COMPANY?
This is my second time working at Fast Company. I started as a part-time blogger five years ago, then became a full-time writer and editor before leaving in 2012 to run PopularScience.com—a wonderful, nerdy funhouse of a news site. I returned last fall to head up Co.Design, one of four subsections of Fast Company’s online network, and haven’t looked back.
WHAT IS THE BEST PRODUCT THAT HAS COME ACROSS YOUR DESK LATELY?
A stack of illustrated postcards depicting vintage A-frame houses. Flipping through them is like stepping into a Wes Anderson movie.
ARE YOU OFTEN SURPRISED AT NEW IDEAS, PRODUCTS AND OTHER INNOVATIVE PROJECTS IN YOUR POSITION? HOW DO YOU KNOW IF SOMETHING IS WORTH WRITING ABOUT ON CO.DESIGN?
Oh, sure. If I weren’t surprised by the work I see, I wouldn’t have much reason to open my laptop each morning. We cover design that solves problems, whether it’s a business problem (the soda industry’s plummeting sales), a cultural problem (abortion clinics’ aggressive protesters), or something else entirely. But we also just cover things we’re passionate about. One writer loves history. Another loves books and art. Ideally, the site should feel like a house of many mansions.