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Netflix Recommends: Art & Design Documentaries

I’ve been watching a lot of Instant Netflix lately, ever since I canceled my cable and bought a Roku (another more in-depth post on that experience at some point). Netflix never ceases to amaze me. They’ve been learning my tastes from the films I watch, rate, and add to queue. At this point I think [Keep Reading…]

Samantha LeVan’s Lame Cancer

A year ago March 28, my close friend Samantha LeVan sent me a fairly routine email asking me if she could pass my info along to a young web designer looking for a mentor. It was so nondescript that I might have put it off for a few days, busy with other things. I’m glad [Keep Reading…]

Visualizing First-Time Interactions at SXSW

You might remember the near-novel I wrote a couple months ago on LinkedIn InMaps titled, “Hubs and Connectors: Understanding Networks Through Data Visualization.” Now New Work City member Alex Shapiro, founder of CEO of TouchGraph, has created a powerful network visualization based on contact exchanges made via Hashable at SXSW. The Java applet allows you [Keep Reading…]

FONC and the Impostor Syndrome

Last week, Caterina Fake wrote about a social observation she made at SXSW which she called FOMO — Fear Of Missing Out: people checking their Twitter and Foursquare feeds to see who was where, doing what, to make sure that they were in the right place at the right time with the right people. And [Keep Reading…]

10 best Twitterers to follow for your soul, not your career

I always see these “top Twitterer” lists of people with high follower counts touted by social climbing social media DBs. Those people bore me. Instead I’m inspired by people with a unique perspective on the world around them, unique voice and style, who make me smile or think differently or challenge me to be a [Keep Reading…]

My SXSW Core Conversation: “Breaking Taboos: Pros Get Real About Money Matters”

Money is a topic that most people dance around because they don’t want to be rude, or tacky, or misunderstood. But if we avoid talking about it, we avoid learning a very essential part of our business and our industry. In order to thrive as a professional community, we need to have a strong handle [Keep Reading…]

I am a stencil

This happened five months ago, and I was so stunned by the honor that I think I pushed it somewhere deep into my subconscious until now. In Search Patterns: Design for Discovery by Peter Morville and Jeffrey Callender, there are these cute people icons that accompany various illustrations throughout the book. There was so much [Keep Reading…]