I was born in Winchester, Massachusetts in 1980. I’ve called many places home since then, including Brookline, MA; Wilmington, DE; Detroit, MI; Providence, RI; Penang, Malaysia; and, since 2006, North Carolina. I live with my wife, daughter, dog, cat, and six chickens in Durham, NC.
I’m the creator of Design Tomorrow, a podcast about design, technology, and being human. It was born out of my newsletter, Don’t Think About the Future.
I’m also the creator of The Liminal, a podcast (on hiatus right now) about conscious metaphysical speculation and the future of minds — or, in other words, the strange, fuzzy lines between the greater reality and the little bits of it we happen to know about.
I’m also a co-host of Newfangled’s Expert Marketing Matters podcast, a bi-weekly show about what’s current in digital marketing. We cover design, content strategy, CRM, marketing automation, and just about everything in between.
I’ve written many articles covering a wide range of design-related topics, but I think my most unique contributions tend to be when I write about my passion for design leadership (defined above) and the way culture evolves through the creation and integration of new technologies.
I’ve also written a book on how web designers can strategically enrich their practice, called The Strategic Web Designer (HOW Books, 2012).
I also write a regular newsletter called Don’t Think About The Future. If you’re interested in long emails containing strong opinions about design, technology, and being human, sign up anytime.
I’ve been interviewed by a variety of people in a variety of contexts. Here are some of my favorite conversations:
I’ve spoken on interactive design and digital marketing topics at a wide variety of events and organizations, including HOW Design Live, the HOW Interactive Design Conference — for which I served on the advisory board for five years and was the Program Director for two — the AIGA, the American Marketing Association, the UCDA Design Summit, ConvergeSE, RISD’s Entrepreneur Mindshare, the Hopscotch Design Festival, High Five Conference, and many others. Some of my favorite talks are:
If reading heavily-illustrated transcripts of hour-long talks isn’t your thing and you just must see and hear what I’m actually like on stage, then I suppose this video of my talk on “The Permanent Transition” from the 2014 HOW Interactive Design Conference will do.