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Today is my last day at Litmus.

The past 7 and a half years have been mostly wonderful and I’m proud of the work accomplished during my tenure. I made a lot of friends, showed thousands of email marketers the ropes, got to travel quite a bit of the world, and helped build an internationally-renowned company.

But, as George Harrison taught us, all things must pass.

The last few years have seen a lot of growth and change at the company. Some of those changes have been awesome, some have been challenging. But, combined with a global pandemic, an increasingly frightening political landscape, and so many other factors, those challenges have led to burnout and the need to try new things on my own. So, I made the decision to step away and figure out what’s next.

In the short term, I’m going to work on some personal projects like a new book or two, increase my involvement in local civics, and focus on my own physical fitness (something I’ve been promising my family for too long). I’ll also be taking on some freelance and consulting work. And, of course, I’ll also keep publishing this newsletter.

Longer term, I’m looking into new opportunities to work with good people on interesting projects—be they email, marketing, writing, or design-related. If you know of any, I’d love to hear about them.

I expect some people will have questions about my decision and future plans. If you’re one of them, just reply to this email and ask away. I’m always happy to chat.

Some Interesting Things

I’ve mentioned it in the past, but if you’re not signed up for Dan Oshinsky’s Not a Newsletter, you’re missing out on the single best roundup of email marketing news and resources—especially for folks in journalism and the media.

The Google Developers team introduced a great new resource for anyone wanting to learn CSS from scratch. Perfect timing for me, since I’m going to be digging into CSS grid more deeply for some upcoming personal projects.

Google also started talking about Material You, the next iteration of their Material Design System. This part stands out the most: “Without compromising the functional foundations of our apps, Material You seeks to create designs that are personal for every style, accessible for every need, alive and adaptive for every screen.” Material You will be exclusive to upcoming Google Pixel devices and Android 12 to start, but I’m hoping some of those principles will make their way to their web products, too.

I like how Budi Tanrim breaks down how advocacy and inquiry work.

I’m sad that I didn’t get a sticker after my second shot of Pfizer a couple weeks ago, but this is still an interesting read from Elissaveta Brandon asking the question, “Does the I Got Vaccinated sticker have swaying power?” I agree with her final conclusion and think it’s part of the reason a lot of us will keep wearing masks despite the recent CDC updates—I mean, on top of the whole keeping others and ourselves safer reason.

Continuing on with my love for LEGO®, I’m definitely picking up this awesome set celebrating and supporting the LGTBQIA+ community.

Finally, I just got my copy of Citizen First, Designer Second by Rejane Dal Bello (the green one!) and I can’t wait to dig in. The title just about sums up my philosophy lately.

The Regular Communication Playlist

Here are the songs keeping me going this week. Follow along on my official Spotify playlist.

Have your own favorite songs? Reply to this email and share them, I’m always looking for new music to enjoy.

Other Voices

A good quote from journalist James Reston:

Stick with the optimists. It’s going to be tough enough even if they’re right.

Optimistically,
Jason

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