“Our job is to find a few intelligent things to do, not keep up with every damn thing in the world.”

Charlie Munger

2018 Year-in-Review

4 countries, 13 cities, 2 conferences, 3 huge projects (CreativeGuild, TurnTo, and Wirecutter), 1 class, so many details. 2018 was a lot! 2019-01-05

This Week I Learned

TWIL: I need to take the time to ask questions to any new teammate, especially in an open office. Here's six questions, and six answers. 2018-12-05

Back Health (Pain Remedies, Exercises & Relief)

After many years of lower back pain and many many hundreds of dollars on various treatments, I finally healed my back. Computer life (and years of sports) damage your posture, and back health is a lifestyle. Here's what worked for me. 2018-11-30

Prototyping in Practice (for startups)

A slightly ambitious prototyping workshop covering competitive and user research, UX planning, five types of risk, six types of prototyping, quantitative and qualitative testing, agile team processes, and special challenges. 2015-07-20

Workspiration Interview

How I got started, turning points, ideal work environments, where my inspiration comes from, favorite places, and people I admire. 2015-07-14

Community theme for Wordpress Multisite

SO excited to launch a project I've been working on for 14 months! NYC Prepared brings grassroots disaster recovery groups together with established agencies to share information and resources. 2014-10-28

“It’s not just about what me, the individual consumer can do because that’s not gonna do it… it’s ok, where do I have the potential to organize and act collectively, and be a real force.”

Naomi Klein, Into the Streets

Brooklyn Beta 5

Notes from the last best conference ever: money/love, work/life, print/digital, small/large, control/evolution, and a strong sense of self/purpose/passion/service. 2014-10-13

Going Freelance

My friend asked for advice on quitting his job and going freelance, so I thought I'd share my notes to him. 2014-08-02

Design/Relief presentations

A well-researched ton of user-centered ideas and materials supporting community recovery and resiliance in Red Hook, Seaport, and the Rockaways. 2014-05-17

Design, relief, community, creativity

AIGA/NY is leading a great initiative called Design/Relief, sending design teams to help three local communities imagine a more vibrant future as they overcome the lingering effects of Superstorm Sandy. 2014-01-23

New site, new work!

I'm excited to launch a new portfolio and blog! It's built on Siteleaf using Sass, Bourbon, H&FJ Cloud.typography and more. 2013-11-14

Talking to strangers

The top takeaways from a Lean Startup Machine workshop: test your assumptions, work one step at a time, ask the right people, keep the team together, and just launch already. 2013-03-07

Six daily habits for artists:

  1. Sit alone; sit quietly
  2. Learn something new without any apparent practical benefit
  3. Ask individuals for bold feedback; ignore what you hear from the crowd
  4. Spend time encouraging other artists
  5. Teach, with the intent of making change
  6. Ship something that you created
The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin

Rapid prototyping resources

The full list of resources from my Future of Web Design talk in December 2012. Tools, frameworks, and processes for paper, digital, and HTML prototypes. 2012-10-21

How to run lean

Lean/agile UX is a necessary skillset for any designer working in technology. Here's an overview of how the process came to make sense for me. 2012-09-13

“If we do not rise to the challenge of our unique capacity to shape our lives, to seek the kinds of growth that we find individually fulfilling, then we can have no security: we will live in a world of sham, in which our selves are determined by the will of others, in which we will be constantly buffeted and increasingly isolated by the changes round us.”

Nena O'Neil