Web-log

Web-log entries from 2010

2010-12-23

These minimalist designs are lovely failures

I'm a minimalist but the art director in me says: all but two or three of these are  design failures. Don't get me wrong, they... more

2010-10-15

Education as production line

This is a brilliant animation featuring education reform & creativity expert Ken Robinson. His central thesis is that all modern education systems are built on... more

2010-10-14

I wish

I wish I knew how to surf, and how to make things with my own hands. I never tried the first and I fail repeatedly... more

2010-10-12

The scrapped new Gap logo is nothing like Tropicana or other branding disasters

Because every designer is apparently required to have an opinion about the (now scrapped) new Gap logo, I feel compared to clarify:This design monstrosity is... more

2010-09-30

Thoughts about the Forest Park bike access decision

(From a comment I left on BikePortland.org, more info here) I have two dogs in this fight. So I've spent a few hours thinking about... more

2010-09-09

Don’t walk your bike up a hill

Tonight on my ride home up Montgomery Drive I passed a woman walking her bike up the hill. Don't ever do this.I've written previously about... more

2010-08-09

The thing about Drupal

I have not been feeling the Drupal love lately. Drupal seems hell-bent on making my designs as difficult as possible. I thought this reflected either... more

2010-07-27

Job advice for recent grads; and working at Mercy Corps

I get “networked” a lot, especially now that I’m working at Mercy Corps (which is a really great place to work). Similarly, a lot of... more

2010-07-26

“How then do I live it?”

Dave Moulton writes:Pro-cycling change is happening all over the US, and I believe it is partly because of this change that the non cycling public... more

2010-06-16

Why I moved to Oregon

I came here for the gray and wet and chilly  more

2010-05-24

Teaching, for Non-Teachers

My wife is a teacher and I help her a lot with creating and planning computery classroom things. I used to work at a school,... more

2010-05-17

Facebook, the new town directory

For two years in college (1990–1991) I shelved books at the University of Nebraska’s Love Library. One day I discovered a whole class of reference... more

2010-04-06

What has it got in its pocketses?

I’m in Seattle right now for a web conference. When I travel I’m highly aware of my usual patdown routine. This is the thing I... more

2010-04-02

Three stories about “Tough + Fun”

ONEThis morning when I got the trailer loaded up in POURING FRICKING RAIN I thought “today is a ‘tough’ day, not a ‘fun’ day.” Before... more

2010-04-01

Fun + Tough

Today, peopleforbikes.org asked me to share my ideas about “improving the future of cycling.” Here’s what I wrote them:Check out this ad, for the Gap:... more

2010-03-12

Don’t make the stylesheet grep for you

For the last decade or so, every time I wanted to design something like a “subheader,” I’d code it like this: <h3 class="subheader">This is a... more

2010-03-08

Mountain Bikes

Dave Moulton wrote today about the evolution of mountain biking. He asked for his readers’ “take on the period” — here’s mine:I grew up in... more

2010-01-26

When is an “accident” not “unintentional?”

So I’ve been thinking a lot about the recent sentencing of Antonio Cellestine in the hit-and-run death of Gordon Patterson. Mr. Cellestine was, by his... more

2010-01-07

Today I learned about Lady Gaga

...via a music-related internet discussion group consisting mainly of people I know in the Real World™ (i.e. 30- to 40-something white people, mostly male). Prior... more

2010-01-04

Oregon’s new hands-free cel phone law

...has not apparently rendered Oregon drivers any less inattentive.I’m all YAY for this new law but it feels like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.... more