Illustration of the designer by Marcus Tegtmeier

I’m Justin McDowell and I specialize in design & revolt.

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Rolo

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Rolo watches as his companion flashes The Wave in Leavenworth, Washington.

Last week, I went out to go bouldering after work with two of my climbing buddies and a dog named Rolo.

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The Best Tool I Ever Wrote

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One of the best bits of code I ever wrote was a little JavaScript bookmarklet for my previous job at the Arbor Day Foundation. It swapped out the URL of the live server with the development server (and vice versa). Before that, we had to manually click the address bar, click again to deselect the text, select the relevant part of the URL, replace it with the desired server address, hit enter, and wait for the page to load. It was tedious and prone to human error, and I just wanted to click a button. Nobody asked me to do it, but I decided to see what I could do to make the process more simple.

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Standardizing My Couchsurfers

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I have been a couchsurfer and Couchsurfing host for several years. Many people question my sanity for allowing strangers into my home to spend the night, but the key to having consistently good experiences is to also have standards. I recently decided to increase my standards, and got some unexpected results.

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