crystal beasley
gleam in her eye with whiteboard marker in hand

always choose awesome
My Nerd Story

My Nerd Story

Hi, Paul Graham. My name is Crystal and I’ve been hacking for the past 29 years. I don’t know how you intended your comments but oh lordy, the internet has had a fun time speculating. I’ll leave that commentary to others but I do want to say I’m happy you brought up this debate about...
My 1/3-Life Crisis

My 1/3-Life Crisis

Today is my one-third life birthday. I’m 33 and 1/3 years old. I have a lot of great stories from this first chunk. So what’s next? Have you seen the documentary where Picasso paints from the other side of a glass? It’s a national treasure of Spain and for good reason. It’s simply him working....
Chief eXperience Officer at Mozilla in 2012

Chief eXperience Officer at Mozilla in 2012

  Yes, this is a post about Mozilla, but you can generalize to any open-source software project. At every conference I hear the same refrain, “Why is design so hard in open source?” It’s so hard because *drumroll please* it’s not made a priority. None of the top decision-makers are designers. Period. The End. You...

Inked with Mozilla

Hooray! I just inked a contract with Mozilla to come on as a full-time UX Designer. I’ll be working on external stuff like campaign sites and internal tools like crash reporter. I start June 13th. The whole 35 person Web UX team is flying up to Portland the week after to meet me. Ok, not...

My Twitter Name @skinny Is For Sale – $25k

Since I’ve had a few inquiries, I’m officially putting up my twitter username, @skinny, up for sale. It’s a certified, one-owner name in like-new condition. The first $25,000 cashier check or cash takes it. Note to the high school students who have nicely asked if they can have it for free: GET OFF MY LAWN....
I Did Stuff in 2010

I Did Stuff in 2010

I set out at the beginning of last year to DO STUFF. My goal was to have 12 new things I owned. I didn’t quite make that number, but I’m still very proud of the work I did this year.
How I Got Hired at Cheezburger

How I Got Hired at Cheezburger

I was reading the article by Clay Shirky this morning and it lit a fire under me. The post, titled A Rant About Women, in short says that when women fail it’s often not because of lack of talent, ambition or intelligence but an unwillingness to be “arrogant self-aggrandizing jerks.” He was irritated to see...