Four Short Things – 9 February 2019

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 shows from the 1930’s to 1950’s, there is plenty of Eames, Saarinen, and Bruan to make any home […]

Four Short Things – 2 February 2019

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 grown I have recognized that as with all relationships, the manager-managee relation requires all parties to invest in […]

Four Short Things – 25 January 2019

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 Olympics in different sports. When we think about “The Greatest Athletes”, we often talk about people who dominated […]

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

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 […]

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 […]