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Steal inspiration from everywhere

My friend Paul Isakson recently posted this great quotation by Jim Jarmusch, the indie filmmaker (Broken Flowers, Coffee and Cigarettes, Ghost Dog). His words so beautifully capture something I’ve felt for a long time, and I wanted to share it with all of you. “Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or [Keep Reading…]

I admit it: I’m always five minutes late. And it stops now.

I was just smacked in the face by a recent blog post by my dear friend Jeffrey Zeldman, Free advice: show up early, about the consequences of being late to client meetings. Why? Because it forced me to finally fess up to one of my major flaws: I’m always five minutes late. Sure, five minutes [Keep Reading…]

New to New York?

My new friend Dave Dawson recently graduated college and moved from Cambridge to NYC. While I was timid and intimidated when I first entered the working world, Dave is quite the opposite –– he is eager to put himself out there, meet lots of new people, and see what the city has to offer. Over [Keep Reading…]

U.S. Patent 7,587,349

I am thrilled to report that U.S. Patent 7,587,349 was granted on September 8, 2009, and I am named as a co-inventor! This has been more than 4 years in the making. My first job out of grad school in January 2005 was at Digitas as a Senior Interaction Designer, and one of my first [Keep Reading…]

IDEA 2009: Social and Experience Design – Day 2

This is a continuation of my coverage from the IDEA Conference in Toronto from September 15-16, 2009. My Day 1 roundup can be found here. Day 2 also had a great lineup of speakers: Tim Queenan Christian Crumlish and Erin Malone Matthew Milan Mari Luangrath Stephen Anderson My Twitter notes from the conference are below. [Keep Reading…]

IDEA 2009: Social and Experience Design – Day 1

I’m in Toronto this week for IDEA 2009, the conference run by the Information Architecture Institute. This year’s theme is Social and Experience Design. Speakers from a variety of backgrounds are helping us understand how to make informed and insightful design decisions based on the ever-changing landscape of the web caused in large part by [Keep Reading…]

Make sure that whatever you design is fitting a need in the world and has a purpose

I have officially made it. I was quoted by Catriona Cornett on inspireUX. “Differentiate yourself by fully understanding the problem before you attempt to solve it… Don’t just fall in love with a solution and go full-force on making it look great, but really make sure that whatever you design is fitting a need in [Keep Reading…]