Notes about this site and my work that don’t seem to belong anywhere else.
About This Site
kubie.co went live in its current form on July 20, 2020.
It combines content from previous incarnations of my personal site (also known as kubie.co) and blog (Brutalist Bookends), as well as articles previously published elsewhere, including for third parties such as Gather Content, on my LinkedIn profile, or in my various newsletters. I published the original kubie.co as a speaking portfolio site around 2013. It took over for ScottKubie.com, a general business card sort of website I maintained before that.
Affiliate and Referral Links
I use referral links for products and services that I use and recommend on this site, social media, and in my mailings. Generally, it’s the sort of thing where if 10 people sign up at the link, I earn a t-shirt or 5% off my next bill or some other nonsense. These links are few and far between. I don’t use any automated referral tools, plug-ins, or platforms.
Copyright and Citations
All of my writing, videos, talks, and illustrations are protected by copyright.
If you’d like to quote something I’ve written from my book, this site, or one of my LinkedIn or Twitter posts, you do not need to ask my permission in advance. I’m always happy to know that it’s happened, though, so feel free to let me know.
You do need to make it clear to your audience that you’re quoting me or my work. It’s extra great if you can link to the article or post that inspired you. Screenshots are nice, too.
If you would like to translate any of my writing or talks into another language, please contact me first. I’m very agreeable to that sort of thing. We just might need to work out some details.
Website Tools and Hosting
This site is powered by WordPress. The design is built on a lightly-modified Twenty Twenty theme, with help from the Twentig plug-in.
It’s a “self-hosted” install managed by Flywheel, who are excellent.
I use a number of other plug-ins to reduce tedium and patch errors on the site, including Yoast SEO, Ninja Forms, Smush, Ultimate Category Excluder, and Redirection.
I use Buttondown for my personal newsletter, and Mailchimp for UX Writing Events.
I use Google Analytics and the previously mentioned Redirection plug-in to monitor and improve the site experience.
Photographs and Image Credits
The photo of me used on the homepage was taken by José Goulão at UX Lisbon, as were a few other photos I use throughout this site and on my social media profiles.
The default social share photo (also used on the homepage under the “Let’s Work Together” section) was taken by my friend Michael Metts, as was the photo used on the About page.
Other photos of me from conferences and events were very likely taken by Sean Tubridy of Brain Traffic.
Promotional images of Writing for Designers and other A Book Apart books are courtesy of A Book Apart.
I try to add a credit line to posts that use photos snagged from Unsplash and similar sites, but I’m sure I’ve missed some.
Many uncredited photographs were taken by me. Unless I’m in them, in which case, again, it was probably Michael or Sean.
The tagline of this site, Scott Kubie is a designer who writes, follows a pattern that I shamelessly stole from Austin Kleon.
I’ve either worked with, studied the works of, or otherwise been influenced by the following thinkers/writers/designers/intellectuals, and owe a debt to them:
- Abby Covert
- Stephen Anderson
- Michael Metts
- Andy Welfle
- Dan Newman
- Kristina Halvorson
- Meghan Casey
- Charles and Ray Eames
- Buckminster Fuller
- Ralph Caplan
- Lisa Maria Marquis
- Jeremy Keith
- Dan Brown
- Margot Bloomstein
- Mike Monteiro
- Lisa Welchman
- Eileen Webb
- Jeff Eaton
- Gerry McGovern
- Austin Kleon
- Jim Kalbach
- Karen McGrane
- Sara Wachter-Boettcher
- Merlin Mann
- John Roderick
- Andrew Hinton
- Christina Wodtke
And that’s just off the top of my head. Much love to the greater UX and content strategy communities. Wouldn’t be here without y’all.