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October 27, 2016 · Post

Filtering ideas and inspiration

I was listening to a conversation (eavesdropping) about inspiration and thought to myself, “Does inspiration happen more frequently when you’re not as experienced at your craft because it’s easy to have lots of bad ideas?” Then, as you grow in experience and craft, inspiration happens less frequently – not because you’re having less ideas, or a decrease in inspiration, but because your brain is less receptive to bad ideas. It filters through the cruft more efficiently and rejects the bad ideas before you’ve had a chance to even register them.

October 11, 2016 · Audio

Album: I love you, but you don't know what you're talking about by MRCH

September 14, 2016 · Post

Fighting Flies

I’m always turned off by the way some MMA fighters gloat over their opponents when they get a submission, TKO, or KO. I always think “Have some humility and respect for your opponent!”

October 01, 2015 · Post

Designers don't (just) make things pretty

In some ways, this post is definitely a rant. It’s about being frustrated by (what seems like) an industry-wide misperception. As a designer, but my job isn’t to make things pretty. My job is to make sure users are delighted by the product, app, or website that I’ve worked on. It’s to make software that’s humanly relatable.

August 11, 2015 · Audio

Album: Hanami by Paisley

July 05, 2015 · Post

Notes: Customizing My Ruby Environment on OS X

This post is as much a note for myself as it is sharing my setup and experiences with others.

December 27, 2014 · Post

Book and Audiobook List for 2014

I almost kept my New Years resolution for 2014: read a lot more fiction, and read a couple of books about design. I nailed the fiction part. I only partially read some books about design.

May 03, 2014 · Post

Password Friction

We’ve all dealt with this: Horrifying password creation experiences. I was trying to set up an account with a service that’s mandatory for me to use… I followed their instructions for setting up a password, but this error message came up each of the 7 times I tried submitting the form:

January 20, 2014 · Post

Scientist, or Artist?

So a friend and I walk into Press Coffee, which is spectacularly close to the 29th Drive office. While waiting in line, an older gentleman notices my beard, which at this point is long enough to attract attention. Now, it was quite noisy, and this gentleman had an accent which made him hard to understand at first. I’m quite American in that I only fluently speak American English, so accents are sometimes impossible for me to understand (Never mind the fact that my hearing has been damaged from far too many Punk Rock shows in my youth). He commented on my beard, and since I couldn’t quite understand, I replied with “Oh, thank you.”

January 04, 2014 · Post

I Can't Read This

The Starbucks app for Android has it’s fair share of issues, but the worst I’ve found is when you log out of the app. I might be wrong, but it looks like some kind of character encoding issue.

December 20, 2013 · Post

This Is Not a Touchscreen

Here’s another UI fail… Windows 8, running in VMWare Fusion, insists that my iMac is a touchscreen device. It’s impossible to dismiss this dialog without restarting, and eventually it shows up again. Go home, Windows. You’re drunk.

November 20, 2013 · Post

You has Negative Messages

I’ve decided to start recording all the little UI failures I experience in software. Mostly because they are funny; having a collection of these is also good for teaching myself about patterns to avoid. The first (which I’m sure I sent out to Twitter) comes from Apple’s Messages app: it has to do with poor syncing of the read/unread status of an iMessage. Instead of clearing the unread status of the icon, it displays a negative number. Not sure if this is fixed yet.

November 10, 2013 · Post

Photoshop, Paths, PDF

I had an interesting dillema pop up while working on some Photoshop comps that were going to be delivered as PDF files. The PDF exports contained bar charts which were easiest to create using vector paths due to their design style; and while Illustrator may have been easier to handle such content, the project required Photoshop to be used.

September 03, 2013 · Post

Site Redesign

Today I deployed the newest version of my website to Github. For the past year my site was powered by WordPress; however it was way more firepower than I needed. When all I have is occasional posts and sometimes adding new porfolio/work pages, it doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense to be maintaining WP updates, etc. Now it’s powered by Jekyll, LESS, and love.



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Trying to balance craftsmanship with minimum loveable product on the daily. Design Lead at Tallwave. More info