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Boxes and Arrows

A few years ago I was asked to help with Boxes and Arrows, because of my experience with websites built upon WordPress.  When I was asked to help with such a well-established publication I was honored.

Founded by Christina Wodtke in 2001, Boxes and Arrows is a peer-written journal promoting contributors who want to provoke thinking, push limits, and teach a few things along the way.


Boxes and Arrows is the definitive source for the complex task of bringing architecture and design to the digital landscape. There are various titles and professions associated with this undertaking—information architecture, information design, interaction design, interface design—but when we looked at the work that we were actually doing, we found a “community of practice” with similarities in outlook and approach that far outweighed our differences.

Boxes and Arrows is a peer-written journal dedicated to discussing, improving and promoting the work of this community, through the sharing of exemplary technique, innovation, and informed opinion.  We strive to provoke thinking among our peers, to push the limits of the accepted boundaries of these practices and to challenge the status quo by teaching new or better techniques that translate into results for our companies, our clients, and our comrades.

Continuing The Call

screenshot of Boxes and Arrows website

Today, Amy Marquez, Cinnamon Melchor and myself are the Publishers of Boxes and Arrows, which has been organized into Boxes and Arrows LLC.  Incorporation was the first step in a series of updates enabling the continued growth of Boxes and Arrows.  Not only have we updated the look and feel of the website, but we’ve also enacted new business models to ensure the publication is financially self-sustained.  Currently, Boxes and Arrows receives an estimated 40K visits per month.  We continue to explore ways to optimize the operation of Boxes and Arrows while staying true to the mission and the community we serve.  It’s a welcomed duty to make sure Boxes and Arrows continues to allow for future authors to find their voice and share ideas that will enrich the entire design community.

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Design is the discipline of making informed decisions; leadership is enabling others to make their own decisions and take action.

Frank Duran