Hi, I’m Karen McGrane.

On a good day, I make the web more awesome. On a bad day, I just make it suck less.


Content in a Zombie Apocalypse
The Mobile Content Mandate
Adapting Ourselves to Adaptive Content
I Suck! And So Do You!
Drupalcon Keynote: Thriving in a World Of Change
IA Summit Closing Plenary 2013
Uncle Sam Wants You (To Optimize Your Content For Mobile)
Avoiding the 11th Hour Shitstorm
Designing For, With, and Around Advertising

See all my talks on Lanyrd
See all my slide decks on Slideshare

Blog Posts

State of the Mobile Web
Mobile Content Strategy Link-o-Rama
Mobile > Local
In Defense of Lorem Ipsum
What I do matters. Yours is bullshit.
What is Interaction Design History?
Interaction Design History Sources

See all my blog posts

Articles, Columns

Don’t Let Paper Paradigms Drive Your Digital Strategy, Harvard Business Review
The Rise of the Mobile-Only User, Harvard Business Review
A separate mobile website? No forking way!, Creative Bloq
Responsive Design Won’t Fix Your Content Problem, A List Apart
Douglas Engelbart and the Means to an End, A List Apart
The Alternative is Nothing, A List Apart
WYSIWTF, A List Apart
Explaining Water to Fish, A List Apart
Give a crap. Don’t give a fuck., A List Apart
Windows on the Web, A List Apart
Uncle Sam Wants You (to Optimize Your Content for Mobile), A List Apart
Monthly Column, The Pastry Box
UX: The Enemy Within, 52 Weeks of UX
Ear Trumpets and SuperpowersThe Manual
The Lesson, The Manual

Interviews, Podcasts

Ladies in Tech
Insert Content Here #21
UIE Spoolcast
Shop Talk
Non-Breaking Space Show
Together London
.net Magazine
Northwestern University Knight Lab
Nieman Journalism Lab Press Publish
Let’s Make Mistakes
Fresh Squeezed Mobile
Insert Content Here #16
UIE Spoolcast
Insert Content Here #8
Insert Content Here #4
One Stray Thought
The Web Ahead
.net Magazine
Contents Magazine
UIE Spoolcast
Content Strategy Forum
Big Web Show
Johnny Holland


Content Strategy for Mobile, Buy the book
Your Content, Now Mobile, Read an excerpt


Bond Art + Science, I offer strategic consulting services
Responsive Design Workshops, I give seminars with Ethan Marcotte
MFA Interaction Design at SVA, I teach Design Management