Are design disciplines converging or diverging? Good question, but on what? I think the fundamental spirit of design has always been the same; designers work to better the human condition and to amplify ability. However, the diversity of the field is expanding as human experience expands. We can see similarities between practice and process — […]
We like to think that being a designer is great fun, and most of the time, it is. I really enjoy working with people to solve problems in creative, innovative ways. Sometimes, however, being a designer can be stressful, more stressful than people think. It’s not all color palettes and pretty pictures, and ironically, it […]
The epic debate between Lawrence Lessig and Jack Valenti is another opportunity for me to get up to speed on my contemporary American history and the First Amendment. The debate is difficult to follow, and I was grateful to read a transcript. I see the value of both protecting IP in the capitalist market and […]
Greg Smith is a brave man. It is one thing to leave a company and speak to your close circle of friends about your disenchantment. It is quite another to write an op-ed article for the New York Times. I understand the bitter emotions one can feel when the workplace you once loved turns sour, […]
I have written before about Producteev, a task management software that really helps me stay organized. I use it every day to keep track of all the assignments I need to complete, which are plentiful! I hope they stay in the marketplace, because I have grown pretty attached to the service.
The first time I encountered the concept of prototypes was at the Massive Change exhibit in Vancouver. Bruce Mau had been commissioned by the Vancouver Art Gallery to curate a show about the future of design. Instead of curating a collection of objects, he gathered a graduate class of designers to create exhibits exploring major […]