Jeff Croft

I’m a product designer in Seattle, WA. I recently worked at Simply Measured, and previously co-founded Lendle.

Some of my past clients include Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, and the University of Washington.

I’ve authored two books on web and interactive design and spoken at dozens of conferences around the world.

I’m currently accepting contract work and considering full-time opportunities.

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  • Blog entry // 07.17.2006 // 7:55 PM // 18 Comments

    Win with me on Blingo

    Since it’s been a long time since I’ve done anything to encourage my reputation as one of the Internet’s more vocal purveyors of Free Shit™, I thought I’d take a moment to invite all of you to join me on Blingo. Blingo is a search engine, powered by Google, in which simply performing your daily searches can garner you goods — things like iPods, PSP, iTunes gift cards, VISA gift cards, and more.

    I’ve been using Blingo for about six months now, and have won three times: two iTunes gift cards and a VISA gift card. Nothing super-exciting, but not bad for doing the exact same searches I’d be getting nothing in return for on Google. You can use Blingo without joining me as a friend. Just go to and search normally. However, establishing friend networks on Blingo increases chances of winning, because when someone you invited wins, you win too!

    To use Blingo without being my friend, you don’t have to give away any personal information at all (until you win — then you’ll need to tell them where to ship your prize). To join Blingo as my friend, you do need to give them your e-mail address — but they won’t sell it to other parties.

    If you’re going to search the Internet, why not get Free Shit™ for it?

  • Blog entry // 02.16.2005 // 12:07 PM // 7 Comments

    I’m trippin’

    I just saw a very old woman (in her 80s, at least) driving a Scion xB. I swear to God.

  • Blog entry // 08.10.2004 // 8:25 AM // 0 Comments

    One more reason TiVo rocks.

    From Engadget:

    Brian Teasley, a member of band/cult the Polyphonic Spree, didnât think much of it when one of his checked bags didnât show up after a flight from Dallas to Birmingham, Alabama, but airport security in Dallas sure did. They freaked out over a custom-made microphone in his bag, and after shutting down five gates, DFW International Airport security officials proceeded to use a bomb disposal robot to remove the bag from the terminal and take it an open field. Unaware that all of this was going on, Teasley managed to fly home to Birmingham (so basically his bag wasnât fit to fly but airport security didnât see any problem with letting a person who may have been trying to bomb the plane get on board)…

    So howâd he prove that his explosively rocking microphone wasnât actually an explosive device? He gathered all of the police and security officials around his television, where he showed them a recent episode of Craig Kilborn of the band performing (with said microphone) that he still had stored on his TiVo.

  • Blog entry // 12.23.2003 // 10:32 AM // 2 Comments

    eXtreme Segway

    When I first saw the Segway, I thought to myself “someone really needs to get one of these things on a halfpipe.” Apparently, I wasn’t the only one.

    Too bad they’re obviously Photoshopped.

  • Blog entry // 12.16.2003 // 11:04 PM // 5 Comments

    New Christmas Desktops

    Merry Christmas!

    When I’m bored, I sometimes set type. Yes, I’m a dork. Get over it. Anyway, the most recent result of this pastime is this series of desktops, free for you to download and use this holiday season. They’re available in a variey of totally not-Christmas-y colors.

    I only rendered two sizes in each color: one at 1600x1200 for those of you with 4:3 (regular aspect) screens, and one at 1280x854 for those of you with 16:10 (widescreen) screens. Want another resolution? Bah humbug. Make it yourself. :)



  • Blog entry // 09.23.2003 // 4:39 PM // 0 Comments

    Burination Shall Commence

    In one of my fantasy football leagues, two unlikey victors have jumped out to an early lead. Apparently, football knowledge is not actually a prerequisite for success. In any case, the two 3-0 teams face each other in week four. One team, the “trogdor_burninators,” is laying the smaque down on his opponent, “Hey That’s My Bike” by offering up the following bulliten board material in anticipation of this week’s matchup:


    You can see it in all its majesty over at Dustin’s site. You may be wondering what the hell a trogdor is. Well, if you don’t know, now you know.

  • Blog entry // 09.19.2003 // 10:48 AM // 0 Comments

    It’s that time of year again…

    That’s right, it’s interntational Talk Like a Pirate Day once again. Hop on over to the official site, or check out Jeremy’s translator. Lastly, check out this site in Pirate-speak.

  • Blog entry // 09.03.2003 // 10:31 AM // 0 Comments

    Typography Quiz

    I like type. I consider myself to be somewhat knowledgable when it comes to typography. So, I tried my hand at this typograhy quiz. It’s hard. I got nine out of 30 correct. I only was able to wager a guess on 10 out of 30. Here are the quiz and the answers. Have fun.

  • Blog entry // 08.29.2003 // 9:29 AM // 1 Comment

    It’s Friday, if you need it.

    Oh, and next Friday is Hawaiian shirt day…so, you know, if you want to you can go ahead and wear a Hawaiian shirt and jeans.

    If you don’t know, now you know.

  • Blog entry // 08.28.2003 // 4 PM // 0 Comments

    Happy B-day, sis!

    It’s my sister’s 23rd birthday! In an effort to drive her utterly mad, I’m encouraging everyone to send her a birthday wish. In order to make it easy for you, I’ve created an online form.

    Help me flood her e-mail box!

    Update: We got her! Jennifer was completley tripped out. It was beautiful. I got this e-mail from her:

    Yesterday I got a ton of birthday emails from people I don’t know and some of them I think you might know. I haven’t opened any of them, so it’s not causing me any problems, but I was just wondering if you knew. Michelle was on there and an address was there. Hopefully you are not having computer problems, but I thought I should let you know. Have a great weekend! Jennifer Croft Genetic Counseling Intern Northwestern University

    And I responded with:

    Hehehe. :) I think this might answer your questions: I just decided you need extra birthday e-mails, I guess. :) Hope you had a great birthday and we’re too annoyed by the e-mails! By the way — Michelle sent hers separately…I’m not responsible for that one! Jeff

    And she came back with:

    You are such a brat!!! I wanted to post a reply on your sight to thank everyone for the birthday wishes, but I’m not (sure how). Please tell them all that I said thanks and I had a great birthday. See you soon Jennifer

    Indeed. Thank you all. :)

  • Blog entry // 08.21.2003 // 3:26 PM // 13 Comments

    Caribou Lou

    151 Proof Rum + Malibu + Pineapple Juice = Caribou Lou

    For those who don’t know, that’s Caribou Lou — origin in Mizzou.

    Tech N9ne

  • Blog entry // 08.19.2003 // 9:32 AM // 1 Comment

    Emotion Eric

    Eric Conveys Emotion. It’s ok if you don’t get it.

  • Blog entry // 07.30.2003 // 3:47 PM // 0 Comments

    Play 20 questions…aganist a computer.

    Addictive fun at Play 20 Questions

  • Blog entry // 07.28.2003 // 11:51 PM // 4 Comments

    A Well Thought-Out Englilsh Paper

    by: Kyle “The Yellow Dart” Smith

    Since maybe like the Middle Ages, there have been many differing opinions about hustle and bustle. This cannot be denied. It is my intention to sit down and play video games for several hours.

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