Today, Scott Berkun (my former team lead at Automattic, mentor, and friend) is launching his brand new book, The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work. This book tells his personal story of working at Automattic and I’m super excited because I was a part of that! I still haven’t had the chance to read the book, but just got the kindle version and browsed through it quickly. Of course I wanted to see what he said about me, and what I found made me emotional and nostalgic:
I’d seen his portfolio and he passed Matt Thoma’s bar, so I wasn’t concerned much about his ability. But I needed to check him for attitudes: good designers are never happy. They always see ways to improve what they’ve done. He passed my test and finished his support tour just in time to meet us in New York
This was the beginning of the best year I’ve had at any company I ever worked for. And I believe a big reason for it was Scott. I learned so much from him and he always made me feel productive and safe in my design decisions. I miss him every single day.
I can’t wait to read the whole book as I love the tone Scott writes in. I’m sure I’ll relive a bunch of episodes of Team Social (the team we worked on together at the time).
There’s a great article and interview about the book on the WordPress.com blog, check it out. You can get the book on Amazon, and more info on Scott’s website. I leave you with the cinematic trailer made for the book launch: