Web-log entries from 2010


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


“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


Why I moved to Oregon

I came here for the gray and wet and chilly  more


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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