21 Dec 2006 4 pm eastern

Our Year in Review

Wrote some here.

Wrote some there.

Wrote a second edition in our underwear.

Expanded from New York to Philly PA.

Worked for Ad Age, Comhaltas and AIGA.

Ran shows in Atlanta, Chicago, Seattle,

New York, even Austin (where the natives eat cattle).

Published a mag and co-polished a deck.

Plucked a ma.gnolia and helped you spell-check.

That’s our year in review.

So how’s about you?

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31 Responses to “Our Year in Review”

  1. Jacob Patton said on

    What a year, eh?

    I started a campaign, left a job, moved to Mexico, and did something good (hurry, just 10 days left!).

    Let’s hope time moves even faster in the New Year!

  2. Mike Cherim said on

    Sounds like you were pretty busy, Jeffrey. Me too. In 2006 I got together a team so we could honor stylish accessibility, did a little experimenting, painted the town gray, gave birth to a second beast, performed some bloggery, and much more. ‘Twas fun yet exhausting… but I plan to keep at it in ’07 :-)

  3. Shane said on

    I moved house;
    I left a job;
    I watched my mum defy the odds in hospital and recover from a serious illness;
    I became an expectant father for the first time (due on 9th January);
    I became a freelance web designer/developer;
    I still read Zeldman, and I left comments for the first time;
    I still ate and drank too much;
    I still didn’t do any work on my own site.

  4. Matthias Mauch said on

    > So how’s about you?

    I looked after many networks, managing many servers, attend to many customers and do my job. Bring my kids every morning to school, help with homework and play with my kids.

    In free time I make a new design for my site, adding Web Standards like Accessibility, CSS, MathML, SVG, XHTML and XML. Wrote emails to persons with disabilities and discuss in forums about Web Standards.

    At present I sawed the holy christmas tree and hope for many gift to my kids.

  5. Alex Balaboshko said on

    My achievements are not so impressive. I mean, I didn’t write any book yet and didn’t become father either.

    But this year I was very productive.

    1. I left my job.
    2. Together with my companions I have founded a web-studio, which now strives to make Russian part of the WWW better, accessible and more standards-compliant.
    3. My blog about web-standards and web-design in Russian (which features some translations from alistapart.com, for example) just began to score more than 1000 users per month. That fact really encourages me to continue publishing it.
    4. New browsers became available this year (MSIE 7 and Firefox 2), that makes my life even more interesting.

  6. Mikael said on

    I took a course in XHTML and CSS, read Designing with Web Standards, designed my first ten or so semantic websites and are now actively working towards my goal of one day working professionally with web design. This was also the year I became a nerd which took up a lot of the year’s time :)

    Unfortunately this was not the year I moved and it wasn’t the year I became a millionaire. But hey, 2007′s just around the corner.

  7. Dean said on

    Nicely done Jeffrey! May your New Year be healthy, happy and prosperous.

    > So how’s about you?

    I managed to keep a daily sketchbook and began to learn the guitar. I redesigned my website. We went to the beach and up to Vermont. Released an old recording on CD and finally upgraded to Creative Suite 2.

  8. spinhead said on

    I left my job, or rather, it left us (shutting down EOY.)

    My Best Beloved survived what should have been a fatal illness, not leaving me on my own to raise our little one.

    I wrote an entire album of music, including recording crappy demos.

    And a frivolous pseudomystery novel.

    And 15 ‘original works of art‘, whatever that means.

    Beat my head against some CSS trying to create my new company, and resurrected an old design for the new version of my self-employment.

    And spent a lot of time missing four kids I haven’t seen in four years.

  9. Mau said on

    1. Started using WordPress… migrated from Blogger.
    2. After 3 years of invaluable savings on International long distance, I stopped using Vonage… cell phones got cheap.
    3. Became a U.S. Citizen. =)
    4. Copper passed away. =(
    5. Jumped into the Intel-based Mac bandwagon.
    6. Watched tons of Soccer
    7. Then I watched more, and more… confirming again how cool Soccer is!
    8. We are expecting a baby boy… still waiting though.. until February =)
    9. Completely ditched my home PC, for a Mac Pro.
    10. Released a humongous project at work.
    11. Got a Ca$h bonu$, just in time for the Holidays!
    12. Realized how fast this year went by.

    Happy Holidays, and I wish you all the best for 2007.

  10. Mau said on

    I tried posting, but I think Akismet caught my comment, so I posted it at my site.

    Be Safe, Be Merry

  11. Mau said on

    That was mean, sorry… You don’t have to go to my site:

    1. Started using WordPress… migrated from Blogger.
    2. After 3 years of invaluable savings on International long distance, I stopped using Vonage… cell phones got cheap-er.
    3. Became a U.S. Citizen. =)
    4. Copper passed away. =(
    5. Jumped into the Intel-based Mac bandwagon.
    6. Watched tons of Soccer…
    7. Then I watched more, and more… confirming again how cool Soccer is!
    8. We are expecting a baby boy… still waiting though.. until February =)
    9. Completely ditched my home PC, for a Mac Pro.
    10. Released a humongous project at work.
    11. Got a Ca$h bonu$, just in time for the Holidays!
    12. Realized how fast this year went by.

    Happy Holidays, and I wish you all the best for 2007.

  12. Todd Lambert said on

    Hear Hear!

    Congrats on an excellent year Jeffrey… I enjoyed seeing you in Atlanta and have enjoyed reading/viewing your “output” all year long.

    Myself, I am leaving my day job and venturing into the freelance market once again… So I hope 2007 goes big!

    Cheers to you and your family.

    – Todd

  13. Martin Westin said on

    That’s quite a full year.
    I had one of my most productive years myself.
    I…
    produced 22 short films in 30 days for 7-eleven,
    jumped to a MacBook pro and didnät look back,
    decided to dive into the CakePHP framework,
    built my first proper web application on top of it,
    built a pretty advanced flash-campaign-site on top of it (now closed),
    quit my old job,
    and quit my new job in the space of a month…

    so I am not ready for a very very quiet and analog christmas :)

    Thanks for all your contributions Jeffery. Merry Christmas.

  14. paul said on

    time magazine voted me the PERSON OF THE YEAR! probably my biggest accomplishment ever… i didn’t even know they knew i existed…

  15. Ray said on

    Posted a comment here

    Read an article by some guy over there

    Bought a cool web design book (second edition) written by some dude in his underwear.

    Expanded my horizons by rearranging my home office.

    Worked on building a new career. Phoned some guy named Jim for some advise. He sent me a t-shirt.

    Wanted to attend a web related show in Atlanta or Chicago or Seattle or New York. Even thought about going to Austin (but I stayed home and BBQ’d).

    Spent a considerable amount of time reading a mag and tried to come up with a way to emulate the deck so I could get this new career up and runnin’.

    Noticed dictionary.com was redesigned but didn’t see anything about it on the designers site.

  16. Jeff FitzGerald said on

    It’s been a busy year, but why do I feel like I haven’t done enough? Success continues to be like smoke.

    Started and completed my first ever corporate website, while learning a hard but important lesson in the valuation of my work.
    Tutored fellow students on the subject of web design (using Designing with Web Standards and Eric Meyer’s CSS Pocket Reference as primary instructional material). Hopefully that’s made a positive difference.
    Finished school (for now).
    Finished a band (hopefully not forever).
    Turned down a job with a newspaper, left a job and friends at a bookstore, and left everything that I ever knew… for love.
    Employed by a poorly operated screenprinting shop.
    “Downsized” by a poorly operated screenprinting shop.
    Started a dream in an ocean full of dreamers.
    Broke ground on a world of my own.
    Found more inspiration in the last six months than I’ve known in the last six years.

  17. the redesign of dictionary.com. ____ dullneon ___ said on

    [...] I’ve been a pretty frequent user of Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com for the longest time, even before the advent of Firefox’s Smart Keywords. They revamped their entire site with a clearer, cleaner, crisper look earlier this year and I just discovered that the facelift was done by none other than Happy Cog. [...]

  18. Stephen said on

    Hmmm, I thought you were mostly a web designer, but your review makes it look like you only had two gigs in 2006. Am I misinterpreting?

  19. Daring Fireball Linked List: December 2006 said on

    [...] I noticed that Dictionary.com got a terrific redesign a few months ago, but I didn’t know that it was from Happy Cog until I read Zeldman’s 2006 year in review. A perfect example of a redesign that was more about improving the experience than merely improving the site’s aesthetics. [...]

  20. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    Stephen said:

    Hmmm, I thought you were mostly a web designer, but your review makes it look like you only had two gigs in 2006. Am I misinterpreting?

    Happy Cog did a number of design jobs in 2006. I listed five of them: ma.gnolia, dictionary.com, Ad Age, AIGA, and Comhaltas. The first three have gone live; the two others are in progress.

  21. Beast-Blog.com - The Best of the Beast in 2006 by Mike Cherim said on

    [...] I noticed others have done a year-end recap of things done and things written and I thought that was neat. I decided to do the latter here with a list of some of my more decent articles of 2006. Hopefully the Best of the Beast! I hope you have enjoyed my efforts. [...]

  22. Ben Ryan said on

    Hmm. I developed the codebase for one of the biggest IT projects in Australia.

    Finally re-entered the online publishing arena, albeit haphazardly.

    Then I went to Spain in the hope of milking said role for all it was worth. Got offered a job, had it taken back off me, and came back home.

    Became an uncle (again), and am about to lose an uncle.

    I’m hoping 2007 gets me to South America.

  23. Nicholas Peterson said on

    New job, new possibilities, new opportunities.
    Read Zeldman, expanded horizons, teaching myself CSS. See above.

    To the future (with the utmost respect and knowledge of the past…)

  24. Einar Moos said on

    Zeldman is stirring.

    love

    einar

  25. David Zemens said on

    I learned a bit about website design and accessibility from Mike Cherim. I created a few websites and made a bit of money off my web obsession. I retired from my 28 year police career and couldn’t be happier that I did so.

    It pales in comparison, but for me this amounted to a busy year!

  26. Deny Sri Supriyono » Blog Archive » My Year in Review said on

    [...] Ini hanya sebuah catatan kecil (judul nyontek dari Zeldman) perjalanan selama 365 hari di tahun 2006. Setelah diingat-ingat, bolak-balik catatan di archive blog lama, kok ya cuma segini aja yang rasanya pas dijadikan bahan review selama tahun 2006. Alhamdulillah. [...]

  27. Ben Buchanan said on

    Ahhhh now I see why I liked the new dictionary.com so much. I remember thinking “woah, they hired someone good”. It’s just a pity that it still comes as a surprise when big sites relaunch with standards.

  28. Melbourne We Design said on

    Well we had a busy year.

    I got married to Jennie.

    We purchased our first house together.

    The cat died.

    Then found Jennie was going to have twins.

    Boy, me thinks I need more design jobs.

    Darryl

  29. letzthin » Blog Archive » Rückblick 2006. said on

    [...] zeldman: hier [...]

  30. luggage said on

    What a collection of literary responses to the age-old question of “what do you have to show for yourself this year?” Who says that the internet age has stunted our abilities to write? I have to say, though, that this is an excellent tradition, and sort of turns the tables on the typical “resolutions.” Resolutions always seem to me like an admission of defeat in some way – “let’s see what I didn’t manage to succeed with this past year and what I can do to change this rotten person that I’ve allowed myself to become.” For myself, I can happily report that I too got married, earned my Ph.D., had two articles published in scholarly journals, and still managed to keep up with everything worth watching on television. Perhaps not the success everyone hopes and dreams of, but it suits me nicely. With apologies for my decided lack of rhythm and rhyme.

  31. Fine art painting said on

    Last year,
    I bought my very first laptop.
    Started building a house for my mom and my siblings.
    I got a promotion and received a salary increase which also means I did well at work.
    Unfortunately, zero lovelife.

    For this year, I hope to finish the house for my parents. After which, I’ll start putting up a small offline business.

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