Lamenting The Digital Legacy

Last semester I taught a class. This semester, I have embarked again on the journey that is “writing a book”. I have picked back up, the project I started in 2004, which was a remix of my thesis project from graduate school—a book version with narrative and history about Dr. Robert L. Leslie and the Composing…

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Teaching Visual Interaction Design

Combine an Interaction Design program, with a crash course in visual design, mix it up with how visual design principles, practices and approaches intersect and influence designing the full user experience and you get the class I am teaching. We are doing a crash course in the basics – gestalt principles, typography basics, type history,…

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Type History

As part of the class I am teaching – Visual Interaction Design – we are doing a module on typography and type design. Tangential to that is type history – not specifically relevant but great background for the designers. So starting with the type history deck provided by Ellen Lupton, which is part of her…

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Upcoming Webcast

I’ll be doing a webcast of my Foundations of Social Interface Design over at O’Reilly on August 20, 2015. Here’s what I’ll be talking about – check it out and hope to see you there: Description: Designing social sites and mobile applications, or adding a social dimension to an existing project, entails unique challenges way…

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Over on Medium

I wrote a piece pondering some questions coming out of the Ellen Pao / Kleiner Perkins trial. I sat on the jury for five weeks and although I was an alternate and didn’t get to deliberate, I came away with a host of questions about our industry and how we in UX, nested inside tech,…

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Designing Social Interfaces v2.

Christian and I are currently working on a revision of the Social patterns book. We talked to Mary Treseler last year at the IA Summit – where we signed free books – about a second version and finally by December we signed our contract. This time around though, we are on a super accelerated schedule…

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RE: Design

I am curating a conference! Feeling a bit deer in headlights but I am super stoked and am having a blast figuring it out. RE:DESIGN, which will be held here in San Francisco in May. It’s very interesting to be thinking about designing a conference experience. I am thankful I don’t have to design the…

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Beyond Design

Back in the days of the Bauhaus, designers were multi-faceted. The designers that many of us studied in school and admired for their modernist thinking about type and layout and grids, were also designing fabric and theatrical sets and exploring photography and writing plays. We don’t hear a lot about the other sides of these…

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The Ultimate in Grids

I have long been a proponent of grid systems in design. After all, I started out as a print designer working on annual reports and other multipage projects. The grid has been harder to apply in reasonable ways online but I still love the order of working with an underlying structure and the challenge of…

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