Updated design for the Seattle City Flag, a ring of Puget Sound waves connected to one another to represent our common bonds

The Current Seattle Flag

When I say I needed to redesign Seattle’s city flag, I mean it. I needed to do this, not because I thought I could make money from this project, but instead because I believe so deeply in the future of Seattle, in American cities broadly, and the power of how we represent ourselves influences who we become — it was eating me up to do nothing.

Currently, the Seattle city flag is an overly complicated design that few citizens know about and even fewer fly.


For a long time now, I have been thinking about the Seattle flag, and how its design leaves the city without a banner citizens are proud to fly. (Why I needed to Redesign the Seattle City Flag) In my journey to create a simpler, more beautiful flag, I stumbled upon something, a history of our flag forgotten by all but a few.

This is that story.

To know the story of the Seattle city flag, we must start with an obscure event of sports history, the Seattle Goodwill Games. The Goodwill Games were created as an attempt to warm relations…


Our journey evolving the Microsoft Office freemium model

An overview of the Office.com app launcher providing the user quick access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.
An overview of the Office.com app launcher providing the user quick access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.
Create your best work with Microsoft 365 and Office.com

Once upon a time, back in 1990, you could purchase a humble set of Microsoft Office applications on discs for your productivity work. Over the following decades, those tools have become the heart of personal computing. The continual innovation of those tools, the transition to the cloud, and their incredible functionality and capability has made Microsoft Office an integral part of today’s digital economy. So why has Microsoft made some of these valuable tools free?

Our journey

When first released, Office was driven by a perpetual license business model — the product of standard…

Jackson Ridl

Microsoft 365 Free, Artist

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