There are multiple reasons for this, but in short: we’ve reached a lot of the goals that we’ve wanted to and feel now that it’s time for others to pick up on this track. Our goal has always been to help the community think of interaction design on a more strategic level, helping each other understand where we belong and how we can make a difference. We’ve tried to bring the community together and to bridge the gap between disciplines and fields, and I believe we have succeeded… Over 150 people wrote for Johnny and together we published almost 600 articles, resulting in great discussions and often new insights. We reported live at many interesting events (resulting in late nights and missed parties), published beautiful Radio Johnny podcasts (thanks Jeff) and had a very interesting Johnny TV channel (thanks Martin). I personally learned a lot from all the people I had a chance to work with and had a lot of fun working with the editors and especially Vicky, who helped out from the start.
But to all good things come an end. Johnny is doing a good job and we could go on like this for some more years, but for Johnny that simply isn’t good enough. We want to make a difference, an impact in the community. Not just be ‘another source.’ So for now we will step aside until we’ve found a way to make a difference again.
I want to thank everybody who contributed to Johnny, by writing, editing or commenting. I have a learned a lot from you.
So long, and thanks for all the fish…