Nathaniel Salzman

Chicago area designer, writer, maker and journalist.


February 21, 2018

Update: My Year Without Facebook

Last January I quit using Facebook. A year later I don’t miss it at all. I feel happier, more connected to my friends, and my ability to focus got better. Now I want everyone in the world to know that it’s okay for them to quit Facebook too.

January 18, 2017

On Dismantling My Facebook Account

Last night I did something that was frankly a long time coming. Something that, if I’m honest with myself, I’ve wanted to do for quite a while but lacked the courage. That is, I dismantled my Facebook account.

November 9, 2012

My CB450 featured on

A huge welcome to anyone visiting from BikeEXIF today! I am absolutely thrilled to see my 1974 Honda CB450 featured on what is easily my favorite motorcycle blog. For new readers, I write a lot about my own adventures in fixing and customizing bikes, so do please have a look around. You can find more – Read More –

August 29, 2012

A question for regular readers

I have a question for you, my handful of regular readers. As many of you know, I write regularly as an automotive journalist for,, and I also spent a year as BlueCat Motors’ official documentarian, writing a weekly story about what was going on at the shop and some of my own – Read More –

August 10, 2012

Thank You, David Rackoff

I’ve just learned that David Rackoff died today.. His decades long struggle with cancer finally got the better of him. I’m deeply saddened to hear of his passing. His was a dark, wonderful wit. When I think back to my first exposure to him — his Fraud essay entitled “In New England, everyone calls you – Read More –

March 29, 2012

Writing, Riding and Wrenching: The 2011 Wrap Up

For me, 2011 was truly epic. It was long, arduous, fun, tedious, surprising, frustrating and a hell of a lot of fun. Looking back, I can’t believe how much happened in just a single year. With 2012 in full swing, I’m looking back on the 2011 that was, what I learned, what I experienced, and – Read More –

February 3, 2012

Ecstatic and homesick

I wrote this the evening after I found out I’d landed a new job, but couldn’t share it at the time because I hadn’t yet told my former employer. This morning I got an important phone call. It was a job offer from Razorfish — arguably the pre-imminent company in my field. It’s something that’s – Read More –

January 18, 2012

Exciting things to come

I announced it on Twitter already, but the whole point of this blog is to talk about things that matter to me. My career definitely fits that criteria, so I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll soon be joining the UX team at Razorfish. I’ve admired their work for a long time and am both proud – Read More –

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