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Category: Design

  • Four Short Things – 9 February 2019

    Inspired by O’reilly’s Four Short Links, here are some of the things I’ve seen, read, or watched recently. The Value of Good Design MoMA’s spring exhibition includes a show featuring everyday objects, the types that it’s feasible to find in our homes. Brooms, Rakes, Chairs, A Slinky. With an emphasis on work that appeared in […]

  • Four Short Things – 2 February 2019

    Inspired by O’reilly’s Four Short Links, here are some of the things I’ve seen, read, or watched recently. Design Patterns for Managing Up The first time I was introduced to the phrase “Managing Up” I hated it. Why should I be responsible for my boss? They are supposed to be responsible for me. As I’ve […]

  • Four Short Things – 25 January 2019

    Inspired by O’reilly’s Four Short Links, here are some of the things I’ve seen, read, or watched recently. The Greatest Olympian You’ve Never Heard of: Eddie Eagan and an Unlikely Double Eddie Eagan is a unique individual who did something no one else has done: he won gold medals at both the Winter and Summer […]

  • Lessons I learned from #sndnyc: What is Design?

    Lessons I learned from #sndnyc: What is Design?

    Design is many things, but the best design is cooperative, constrained, and empowering. Those are the biggest takeways I have from the 2018 Society for News Design workshop. The three-day event included talks, workshops, and social events, all of which helped me learn about what makes helps make design great.  The Best Design is Cooperative […]

  • Random Thoughts On…Product Engineering

    Random Thoughts On…Product Engineering

    For the past 5.5 years, I've been a part of the product engineering leadership at a couple of organizations. While I'm not sure if these ideas translate to client services, I know that they have all been valuable to me as I work long term building products and brands. It's important to periodically reevaluate your […]

  • Typography Videos

    Typography Videos

    I've been spending more and more of my time thinking about typography, fonts, and lettering.  It's one of the foundations of communication.  The typeface we use adds character to what we say in the same ways that inflection adds to the spoken word.  Here are a handful of videos I've seen recently that have impacted how […]

  • Akin’s Laws of Spacecraft Design Modified for Websites

    I have long been a believer that as creators and creatives working on websites, we can learn a lot of other fields.  One that I am constantly looking at for inspiration is spacecraft and astrophysics. Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design are a collection of axioms collected and maintained by David Akin, a professor at the University […]

  • We Use Way Too Many Fonts

    Massimo Vignelli is most famous for designing the NYC Subway map. In this video, he speaks about typography, the history of fonts and argues that “There are good maybe a dozen (fonts)…I only really used three or four in my life.” He also argues that when designers are less good, they use more fonts. When they […]

  • My One Icon

    My One Icon

    A few years ago, I needed an icon for something I was working on, so I opened up the noun project and started looking.  I couldn’t  find anything, so I set out to design my first icon.  What I came up with is my blood pressure icon. The best part isn’t the emails every few months […]

  • Take the Time to Use Fewer Words – Microsoft Design 

    Using fewer words isn’t a panacea to fix every user experience; it’s just one guideline, together with all the others employed by excellent writers, designers, developers, program managers, and researchers. It’s how UX writers reduce the text to create experiences that let people to do more of what they want to do — not waste their time […]

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