By Karen

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  1. The Minimum Viable Lifestyle

    The Pastry Box Project,

  2. Every project I have ever done

    A while back I went through my hard drive and captured a list of every project I've ever done, spanning the years 1998 – 2018, so twenty years of projects. These are in alphabetical order because I'm a bit fuzzy on the dates.

  3. Introducing Autogram

    I am delighted to announce that I am starting a new strategic consultancy with Ethan Marcotte and Jeff Eaton called Autogram.

  4. Who experiences code of conduct violations?

    As far as I'm concerned, the heart of what makes information architecture a discipline is the focus on the needs of users as they navigate an information space. Here, I break down the point of view of the grievance procedure for Information Architecture Foundation events.

  5. Career Day Special with a Future Web Designer

    An eighth grader asked me some questions about web design as a career, and I had some questions in response.

  6. Ear Trumpets and Bionic Superpowers

    By concealing complexity, we may miss opportunity for more powerful, meaningful engagement. Technology doesn't have to be invisible; rather, its complexities can be made appropriately visible.

    The Manual,

  7. Pay it forward

    Your time is valuable. Spend it wisely.


  8. Integrity Comes at a Price

    Integrity is not a search for the rewards of integrity. Maybe all you ever get for it is the chance to watch the venal and corrupt succeed. The price is still worth it.

    The Pastry Box Project,

  9. Responsive Design Won’t Fix Your Content Problem

    For years, we’ve told clients to serve the same content to every platform. We explained that Responsive Web Design allows content to squish itself into any container. Is it any wonder, then, that the belief has slowly grown that RWD can act as a substitute for actual content strategy?

    A List Apart,

  10. How To Live Out Of A Suitcase

    For many years, it seemed like I lived out of a suitcase. The excitement of visiting new cities and the routine of living in hotels can both be improved by some packing tips.

    The Pastry Box Project,

About Karen

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  1. Building a Responsive Content Campaign

    Ethan Marcotte and Karen McGrane discuss the highs and lows of large-scale responsive design projects, and explain how they targeted and promoted their series of responsive design workshops.

    Insert Content Here,

  2. Karen McGrane’s 2013 Year in Review

    Jeff Eaton and Karen McGrane look back at the events and content strategy trends of 2013, and make their predictions for the coming year. Along the way, they discuss the challenge of content marketing overload, the future of WYSIWYG editors, the evolution of content migration tools, and more.

    Insert Content Here,

  3. Mobile Strategies for Your Content

    Ensuring that your site is responsive or adaptive is becoming essential to your mobile design strategy. With the plethora of devices available, users want to be able to access your site on whichever one they’re using. The days of the separate mobile site are gone. But as your design is reflowing to display perfectly across devices, what’s happening to your content?

    UIE Spoolcast,

  4. Episode 89

    This week we were joined by Karen McGrane. Karen is a mobile content strategist and has a fantastic book called Content Strategy for Mobile.

    ShopTalk Show,

  5. Episode № 42

    Seeking out the best, brightest, and smartest creative people on digital art, design, and development. From workflows to life hacks, we examine why they do what they do and how they did it.

    Non Breaking Space Show,

  6. Karen McGrane on the future of content strategy

    UX expert Karen McGrane chats to Martin Cooper about Google Glass, information architecture and why we should all get on board the content strategy train as soon as possible.


  7. Karen McGrane on mobile, content strategy, fixing technology and the media culture

    Using ‘Hire humans. Not skills. Not roles.’ as our marching orders, the Lab’s profiles are Q&As with highly-impressive makers and strategists from media (and its fringes), each with unique perspectives on journalism, publishing and communications technology. We’re after smart people shaping the ways we communicate with technology, and not all of them work in a newsroom.

    Northwestern University Knight Lab,

  8. Karen McGrane on building a strategy for mobile

    The content strategist and UX designer says that mobile will be the fulcrum to push smart publishers to restructure their content for a multi-platform future.


  9. Karen McGrane on Editorial Workflow

    Karen McGrane and Jeff Eaton discuss their experiences building editorial interfaces for large CMS projects, the challenge of bridging online process with offline reality, and the fact that Microsoft Word will never, ever die.

    Insert Content Here,

  10. Adapting Your Content for Mobile

    As more web capable devices hit the market, designers need to consider where and how their designs will be seen. Unfortunately, the same consideration isn’t always made when it comes to content. With design changing so much in a multichannel environment, content must be structured independent of how it will eventually look.

    UIE Spoolcast,

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