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Introducing the Mobile-Friendly & Our New Blog, Workbook

The new features a responsive design that's great for desktop, mobile, and tablet browsing—and a brand-new daily blog.

Welcome to the brand new 99U website. To keep pace with the way you read, we’ve worked hard to optimize the online experience so you can get the insights you need and get back to making great ideas happen. We’re also introducing a brand-new blog – Workbook – that will deliver observations on idea execution on the daily. Read on for details on all the new features.

1. A seamless desktop, mobile, and tablet experience now features a responsive design, which means it should be super-readable across all of your devices – desktop, tablet, and smartphone. The site now automatically detects your screen size and adjusts the design accordingly. (Seriously, try it: drag your browser window to wider and narrower sizes and watch the magic.) Now you can relax with your iPad and catch up on new 99U articles on the weekend, or quickly take in our daily posts on your phone on the way to work.

2. The new Workbook blog:  daily insights on creativity and productivity

We’re also thrilled to introduce Workbook, a new blog that delivers bite-size insights on productivity and creativity. We’ll be tracking conversations across the creative world and sharing daily observations to help you work better and work smarter. Dive in right here.

3. A simpler, better browsing experience

Beyond the responsive design, we’ve also made it easier to find the actionable insights you need, when you need them. Some changes of note:

  • Our in-depth “Articles” and “Tips” are now grouped under a single header “Articles.” This allows you to seamlessly browse all of our latest features at once.
  • The front page – and all articles – are now organized in chronological order, so you can easily hop onto the website and catch up on stuff you’ve missed.
  • Topic pages now show all 99U content types – articles, tips, and videos so you can find all of our insights on subjects like Focus, Time Management, or Creative Blocks.
  • Our video section – which features four years of 99U Conference talks – now boasts a more cinematic viewing experience. We’ll be introducing HD video this summer to deliver all of these insights with even more crispness and clarity.

Got Feedback?

We’d love to hear your feedback on the new design as well as any bugs you’re experiencing. Please feel free to share you input and eagle-eyed feedback by emailing us here.

More Posts by Jocelyn K. Glei

A writer and the founding editor of 99U, Jocelyn K. Glei is obsessed with how to make great creative work in the Age of Distraction. Her latest book is Unsubscribe: How to Kill Email Anxiety, Avoid Distraction, and Get Real Work Done. Her previous works include the 99U’s own bestselling book series: Manage Your Day-to-Day, Maximize Your Potential, and Make Your Mark. Follow her @jkglei.

Comments (24)
  • Sean Blanda

    Thanks for all of this detailed feedback! We’re off to test!

  • Sean Blanda

    On a PC?

    • PaulBaarn

      It’s fixed now.

      • Sean Blanda


  • Tushar K Motwani

    Great work. Feels futuristic with the types and font sizes. Great work on alignment and maintaining the white spaces. As always, thrilled & excited for the better experiences. Hungry for knowledge.


  • Sagi Shrieber

    Great work! Looking good 🙂



  • Dan Blank

    Wow – great work on the new design!

  • Joshua Giudici

    Been waiting to see this site go responsive. Excellent implementation.


    Excellent work 99U! I really like the feel of the new site. A lot of nice things happening. Maybe it’s just personal preference, but the navigation bar seems just a bit large and distracting when reading and viewing content, especially the overhanging pink block. Again, just my initial reaction here…

    Also, the share buttons on the left, which you’ve so beautifully designed, convert to buttons on rollover. In Chrome on Windows.

    Otherwise, great improvements.

  • Mike Zachry

    I’m experiencing a problem entering comments with an iPad. Seems to intermittently stop accepting input after using the backspace key, rotating orientation or tapping to a different location in the text. Hope this helps.

    • Sean Blanda

      Thanks for the heads up!

  • Brad

    Looks like a $50 WordPress theme. Where’d the personality go? It is snappy though.

  • Stephen Gilbert

    Great work! Though you should add .sticky #content-wrap {margin-top: 73px;} to your CSS file. That’ll fix the annoying content jump when scrolling and the sticky menu comes in.

  • Stephen Gilbert

    Also, I’m super jealous that you got a Tungsten webfont from H&FJ. It’s beautiful!

  • Stephen Gilbert

    I’d also recommend using ImageOptim ( to reduce the size layout-specific images. I put the 99U logo sprite through ImageOptim and file size was reduced 40%. No loss of quality either!

  • Stephen Gilbert

    Good work! I’ve got a few thoughts/recommendations.

    1. You should add .sticky #content-wrap {margin-top: 73px;} to your CSS file. That’ll fix the annoying content jump when the sticky menu activates. Much smoother experience 🙂

    2. Your pretty social buttons disappear on hover? I’d possibly consider implementing something similar to this:

    3. “All topics” slide-down menu disappears as soon as you begin scrolling. Boo.

    4. I’d recommend using ImageOptim ( to reduce the size layout-specific images. I put the 99U logo sprite through ImageOptim and file size was reduced 40%. No loss of quality either.

    5. Mail icon doesn’t have proper cursor because it’s a . .links-block .sprite {cursor: pointer;} would fix that.

    6. Please convince Hoefler & Frere-Jones to let me use their Tungsten web font. 🙂

    • Sean Blanda

      Stephen, thanks for the heads up and all of the details. The dev team took it all into account.

  • partha

    Thank u for sharing. Good looking and good model

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