Jason Kottke

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Jason Kottke
Jason Kottke 2005-04-25.jpg
Jason Kottke, 2005
Born (1973-09-27) September 27, 1973 (age 42)

Jason Kottke (born September 27, 1973) is an American blogger and former web designer currently living in New York City. He designed the Silkscreen typeface and has won a Lifetime Achievement Award as a blogger.[1] As of July 2013, his blog is ranked #66 overall and #20 in Science on the Technorati Top 100.[2]

Web design[edit]

After graduating with a degree in physics from Coe College[3] in 1995, Kottke started work as a web designer in 1996, on projects for clients such as Charles Schwab.[4]

In 1999, he designed the Silkscreen typeface — since used by Adobe, MTV, and Volvo, amongst others.[4] His design work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Forbes, and Brill's Content.[4] Kottke has served on the Advisory Board for SXSW Interactive from 2000–2003[4] and has spoken at the SXSW Interactive conference[5] as well as the Seybold[4] and NetMedia[4] conferences. Kottke also created the Gawker logo.[6]

Blogging career[edit]

Kottke's first site was 0sil8,[7] a collection of "digital experiments."

Kottke, a pioneering blogger, began his blog in March 1998.[3]

In 2000, Kottke and his then-girlfriend (now wife) Meg Hourihan[8] were profiled in a New Yorker article, "You've Got Blog",[9] which introduced blogging to a wider audience. His contributions to blogging were acknowledged when he won a Bloggie Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003, after five years of blogging. After a year of soliciting payments from readers who enjoyed his blog, he stopped because he had not managed to attract enough readers or developed "a sufficient cult of personality" to support the subscription model.[1]

His blogging got him in trouble with Sony[10] when he broke the news[11] of the loss that broke Ken Jennings' Jeopardy! win streak.[12]

On February 22, 2005, Kottke announced that he had left his web design job in order to work on kottke.org full-time.[13] He pledged that all content on the site would still be free while encouraging readers to become "micropatrons" by making an optional contribution of any amount. By the close of business on the day of the announcement, over 200 people were listed as micropatrons on kottke.org. Kottke also received in-kind support through a fellowship from Eyebeam, which provided space for Kottke to work in its research and development labs.[14] Exactly one year later, Kottke announced that over the course of the year about 1,450 micropatrons had contributed $39,900, the vast majority during the three weeks after his initial announcement, and that he would not attempt the feat for a second year.[15]

As of April 2015, the blog is supported by paid advertisements, as part of the design-oriented advertising network The DECK.


  1. ^ a b "Professional blogger throws in the towel". News.zdnet.co.uk. 2006-02-23. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  2. ^ "Blog Directory / Kottke.org". Technorati. Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  3. ^ a b "Jason Kottke, August, 2006 :: Rebecca Blood: Bloggers On Blogging". Rebecca Blood. 1997-01-07. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Jason Kottke :: Resume". Kottke.org. Archived from the original on 2009-02-27. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  5. ^ "2006 SXSW Interactive Keynotes". South by Southwest, Inc. 2006. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "The very first Gawker design". Retrieved 2011-04-26. 
  7. ^ 0sil8.com
  8. ^ Mead, Rebecca (May 29, 2006). "Meg and Jason". The New Yorker (New York). Archived from the original on 2006-06-12. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  9. ^ Mead, Rebecca (November 13, 2000). "You’ve Got Blog: How to put your business, your boyfriend, and your life on-line". Archived from the original on 2001-02-02. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Sony, Ken Jennings, and me". kottke.org. 2004-12-02. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  11. ^ "The Final Jeopardy of Ken Jennings". kottke.org. 2004-09-09. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  12. ^ Brian Braiker (2005-03-03). "The Blogosphere's Matt Lauer - The Daily Beast". Newsweek.com. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  13. ^ Joanna Glasner (2005-02-23). "Quit Your Job to Blog, Blog, Blog". Wired.com. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  14. ^ "Eyebeam fellowship". kottke.org. 2005-03-21. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  15. ^ "Oh, what a year". kottke.org. 2006-02-22. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 

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