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July 6, 2024

Periodical 19 – Creative Miscellany

Creative Miscellany...


May 25, 2024

Investing in Creativity

Investing in creativity is incremental effort and cumulative reward....


May 18, 2024

Design for AI

If the majority of attention your webpage gets is from AI, not humans, what does it need to look like? How does it need to work?...


May 18, 2024

Unscalable, Hand-Crafted Lists of Links

Technology vs. Taste...


May 2, 2024

How to Know When to Use AI

I don't need to use AI because I know how to do what I need to do and I don't need to do it any faster....


April 14, 2024

Periodical 18 – A Personal Web

I am building a personal web....


April 8, 2024

Eclipse

Partial (80%) eclipse of the sun in Durham, N.C....


April 2, 2024

Thought Experiment

Would I be ok if I was done?...


April 1, 2024

Out-Random the AI

It is human nature to create. This can define us without differentiating us....


March 30, 2024

Inner Worlds

Everyone's inner world is the one they are truly living in. There are billions of these worlds, each one larger than you or I can imagine....


March 9, 2024

Periodical 17 – Optimization

Optimizing a home is a years-long process....


February 24, 2024

object – Wooden Task Lamp

I made a task lamp in just a couple of hours....


February 17, 2024

Periodical 16 – Useful Lifetimes

One's moral progress is measured in unexpected moments....


February 16, 2024

Reality Doubt

We're about a year away from some piece of media that makes us doubt our own perceptions of reality....


February 2, 2024

Periodical 15

All art is a copy of something....


January 21, 2024

Periodical 14 – v DIY

While you're here, make the world your own....


January 7, 2024

Periodical 13

Image ecology and my top 10 science fiction films....


January 6, 2024

Periodical 12 – Sometimes the Old Way

Convenience is overrated. Convenience, I think, is the enemy of memory. The easier the experience, the less of it we actually experience....


December 31, 2023

Year in Review – 2023

A few notes and lists from the year 2023....


December 6, 2023

Periodical – 11 – What Could Have Been

Dave Karpf's re-read of the entire WIRED corpus has me thinking about predicting the future....


December 1, 2023

Periodical – 10

Thinking back on old tech and making my case for why local storage is better than the cloud....


November 29, 2023

Interaction Design is Two Things

Managing attention and persuasion are the means and ends of interaction design....


November 27, 2023

Periodical – 9

I’ve done something brilliant. A few years ago, we decided to sell our Sonos system and retreat back to an old-school, wired stereo. I liked the...


November 26, 2023

Periodical – 8

This is the first image taken from space. It was one of many images captured from 65 miles above Earth by a camera attached to a captured German V-2...


November 25, 2023

Periodical – 7

I spend a lot of time looking at websites; it’s a big part of what I do for a living. With practice, I’ve learned to look at the products of...


November 24, 2023

Periodical – 6

Good morning. It is very early. Since daylight savings, my youngest has been awake an hour or two earlier than usual and thinks the rest of us...


November 23, 2023

Periodical – 5

Happy Thanksgiving! Here in Durham, it is close to perfect. Clear skies and heading toward 57°; the aroma of holiday fireplaces is drifting...


November 22, 2023

Periodical – 4

Type “medieval marginalia” into your search engine of choice and you will quickly be confronted with a slew of naughty images straight out of the...


November 21, 2023

Periodical – 3

Hello from a rainy and cold autumn morning in Durham. We are in the midst of the most magical time of the year. Our enormous old oak is covering...


November 20, 2023

Periodical – 2

Yesterday, I mentioned the Yoto Daily, a daily podcast for kids that loads up automatically on the Yoto player. I just wanted to add that what makes...


November 19, 2023

Periodical – 1

This is a semi-daily check-in. Experimental; likely to not actually be daily. Regular and short. The kids are in the bath, listening to the Yoto...


September 10, 2023

The View from Here

There are many reasons to make things and share them, to write and publish, to speak and record. So many reasons, most unknown; far be it from me to...


August 21, 2023

The Internet's Greatest Potential

It seems that the internet’s greatest potential is to create intimacy across distance. Which means we still have a long way to go...


July 19, 2023

The Internet is Already a Social Network

Make it easier for anyone to have a website. Make syndication easier and better. That’s all that is needed to reclaim the power we’ve ceded to the...


July 11, 2023

The Big Picture

When your clients are persuaded by your point of view and expertise, they will not care what tools you use or what processes you follow. They will...


June 25, 2023

Ambient Information

Most of the time, we’re content to simply know that information exists; we lack the interest and patience to actually know the information itself....


June 21, 2023

The Fragile Bond Between Attention and Information

Most communication is visual. Isn’t that fascinating? Think of how much a picture, a symbol, a facial expression, or a gesture can communicate on...


June 11, 2023

object – WIRED Magazine, Issue 1

WIRED Magazine published its first issue in March/April of 1993 — thirty years ago. It was almost immediately considered an index of the zeitgeist...


June 9, 2023

Writing is a Primary Design Tool

In an interview with Tracy Francis at McKinsey, Jony Ive had something profound to say about writing and design: “You’ll often find creatives are...


June 3, 2023

Fascinated by Layout

Ever since I was a child, I have been fascinated by layout. I didn’t know to call it that before I studied design; I just knew that I could look at...


June 2, 2023

object – Bedside Lamp

We briefly dabbled with smart-bulbs in our house. It did not go well. Why we make these things, I do not know. Why is controlling a lamp with your...


May 21, 2023

Attention Degrowth

Sometimes I think that may be the most important insight beneath any design decision. Not to be combatted with manipulations, tricks, or just being...


May 16, 2023

object – The Present Clock

Something like eight or nine years ago, I funded a Kickstarter campaign for a clock that Scott Thrift was making with a neat idea behind it — its...


May 15, 2023

object – Yoto

In the month before the pandemic shut everything down, I was in the midst of some research on how designers — and other kinds of creative experts...


May 7, 2023

Blogging Is Not Publishing It's Therapy

I keep a NOTES.txt document as a catch-all for any ideas I jot down that don’t have an immediate place elsewhere. It is a digital container that is...


April 29, 2023

object – Coffee Cup

I bought a pair of used small porcelain mugs at a thrift shop for about $1 back in 2009. I have used one of them nearly every day since. I believe...


April 28, 2023

object – 1999 Qualcomm QCP-860

My first cellphone was the Qualcomm QCP-860. It was marketed at the time as a “thin phone.” By today’s standards, that might seem silly, but at the...


April 27, 2023

object – OMNI Magazine, Issue 1

I briefly subscribed to OMNI magazine in the late ’80s and early ’90s. It was the sort of magazine that thoroughly suited my interests but was often...


April 26, 2023

object – Game Boy

On Christmas in 1990, I received a Game Boy! Though I was never much of a video game player, I was very excited about this little, handheld system....


April 24, 2023

object – Cylinder Lamp

In the spring of 2003, I graduated from college and moved in to my first apartment. After my housemate and I had moved all our things in, I made a...


April 23, 2023

object – Carved Nupe Door

Some days, if the temperature and humidity are just right, this door opens once again into the home my grandparents kept in Nyack, New York. My...


April 22, 2023

object – A 20 Year-Old Sketchbook

I began keeping it in the final months of my senior year at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). A few friends and I had managed to register...


April 16, 2023

Technology and Moral Responsibility

As I’ve been cleaning up my site, I’ll occasionally read back over something I wrote many years ago. Yesterday, I re-read a series of posts I wrote...


March 26, 2023

The Smallest Details

In Minimalism in UX: the blessing of no choices, Dimitris Chatzilias covers a short list of common details that are often overlooked in a way that...


March 24, 2023

Outlines are IA

When you create an outline, you are arranging ideas in relation to one another: a heading is a big idea, a sub-heading is a smaller one related to...


March 13, 2023

Sub-Second Orientation

When a visitor encounters a web-page for the first time, they will ask and answer three questions within about one second: What is this...


March 8, 2023

Friction Can Be Good

Something I have noticed as content, software, and product design have attempted to eradicate friction is that friction is not necessarily a bad...


December 25, 2021

Christmas Day – Multiple UFO Sighting

At 6pm on the evening of Christmas Day, 2021, in Durham, NC, my wife and I were preparing to walk our children down the street to their...


June 18, 2018

Sunk Costs for Spite

The city where I work just spent the last two weeks clearing out a few patches of land in between the four-lane main thoroughfare in and out of...


June 14, 2018

Dada, Sit Here

S said her first sentence this morning. I was sitting on the coffee table in the living room, putting on my shoes, when she climbed up and sat...


June 6, 2018

Mind and Body

Minds are complicated. We can think about so many things at once that to say that one’s mind and body are in the same “place” at all times is hardly...


June 3, 2018

Design in a Vacuum

The baby has been put to bed. There is still plenty of daylight left. There are many definitions of “design.” One I liked for a while goes like...


June 2, 2018

Clocks

Heavy rain. SA is napping; SE is swapping out our modem. I like clocks. I always have. I like the way they look, the way they work, and the way...


June 1, 2018

You Are Here

Hello from a silent office. No one is here but me. KM and I spent the day together as planned months ago. He’s on a serious sabbatical from work...


May 31, 2018

Quietly Discoverable

Hi from a quiet house that smells of roasting beets. I’ve decided that writing a semi-public journal might be an interesting experience. Public in...


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