Be meta. Try to become a meta designer, or meta whatever area you are in. What being meta means is to look not just at the details of what you are doing, be it design or business or whatever, but take the big picture view, the ‘meta’ view, and see how every action you take […]
Archive for May 2008
I’m still on the quest to make this blog more like a blog—I think the articles are eventually going to be treated differently. I am a huge believer in the power of books. Books are the one thing I own “in excess;” my favorite charity is book-related and bookstores tend to create in me that […]
Tobie Langel interviewed me for the revived Prototype.js blog. He’s working on a series of interviews, of which I am the second, and Sergio Pereira was the first.
Amazon just sold me on a $75 book based on a single diagram (above), seen in the online preview for the book. The title is The Semantic Turn: A New Foundation for Design. It looks pretty damn salient to my current train of thought. I found the book through a citation in an academic paper […]
There is an inherent problem with the definition of design as “solving problems”: There isn’t a problem to solve. There is only the assumption that things present themselves, walk up to you and say “Hi! I’m a problem. Solve me.” Life doesn’t announce itself. Problems don’t self-identify. Neither do their best-seller-management-book alternate, opportunities. In fact, […]
Twistori, as implemented, was a whim—I woke up that morning with the desire to ship something. I picked something I’d been thinking about a while, but had never committed pen to paper or pixels to Photoshop, and stripped it down to its bare essentials, something that could be achieved in a day. The challenge was […]