500 Albums is a simple mobile web app that I designed and built to practice design and development. The app helps me find good albums when I am at the record store. If you visit the link on Android, you will see a banner with an “Add to Home Screen” button. On iOS, you can […]
I am a believer in kicking off product design initiatives with design sprints. The design sprint system will not work for every design problem but they are a great tool for condensing design thinking into an agile product development cycle. Design sprints encourage collaboration, draw out deep product knowledge hidden within the organization, build empathy […]
A blog post about CSUN is long overdue. I attended CSUN last year in San Diego and it was eye-opening. I had attended Austin’s A11y meetup semi-regularly in the past, but until I had attended CSUN I had not realized how vast the world of accessibility is. Innovations like Alexa and Google Assistant are mass-market […]
Over the last year or so I have been experimenting on and off with Processing, the programing platform for designers and artists. You can see the full potential of Processing in a book I recommend called Generative Gestaltung. But Processing doesn’t have to be used to create interactive prototypes or generative art. It can also […]
As Steve Jobs famously said, “Design is how it works.” The role of a Web designer increasingly requires some ability to write code because good design goes beyond appearances. I built my own mobile web app to challenge myself to design a web app that would look and feel like a native iOS app. A […]
In July I traveled to Costa Rica to attend a friend’s wedding. During the trip I was able to visit a coffee plantation. Ever since then I have thought about the visit whenever I fill my coffee cup at RPA. I wrote a short blog post about my experience on RPA’s culture blog.
It’s always encouraging to hear a designer talk about what inspires them. Regardless of the field, design attracts people who are dedicated to making everything that they touch better. Design ideas do seem to come directly from the experience of working with your hands, even if it just means sketching before heading to the computer.
A few weeks ago I was designing a web application that included a form. When it came time to design and spec the submit button and I realized that including an inactive (or disabled) state for submit button was not only unnecessary, but it would detract from the usability of the application. Please check out […]