I have finished a book, Customers Included, which explores the question, "Why do companies so often fail to give customers what they want?" The book includes case studies ranging from Apple, Netflix, and Google to African water pumps and Brooklyn's Prospect Park. [more inside]
Infinity's Kitchen is a journal of experimental literature and conceptual writing. The new issue is published partially in print and partially online and includes constrained writing, antonymic poetry, visual poetry, literary criticism, an essay about word squares and a poem composed of redacted hip hop lyrics, all from 13 international contributors in print and 26 international contributors online. A full table of contents for the new issue is available on the publication’s website at http://infinityskitchen.com/news/infinitys-kitchen-6/
My misguided, confident cartoon character is back with some invaluable advice for the romantic traveler... in his trademark, confident style seemingly informed by the infinite wisdom of men's magazines. [more inside]
A photo layout algorithm side project made into an app! Works best with Instagram currently. Would love any feedback you might have. Here's an example collage.
A lot of conferences are overwhelming, so I'm putting together a gathering for 20 people. It will be next summer in Seattle. Creative folks of all kinds are welcome; we have a lot more than 20 people who have expressed interest but I'm looking for as much of a range as possible. [more inside]
I was bored one day and started sketching out some old computer/video games screen shots in MS Paint. Somebody suggested I put them on a tumblr, which I did, then promptly forgot about it again until now.
An animated data visualization I designed in association with CNNMoney went live this morning. It shows and compares salaries for different people (Kobe Bryant, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, a minimum wage worker, a physician, etc), accumulating in real-time for 1 minute. Watch the disparity grow second by second!
A while ago I became minorly obsessed with the aesthetics of digital camouflage. After some initial failures playing around with photoshop, I started exploring ways to replicate these sorts of patterns algorithmically. This eventually turned into PATLAB, an app that generates a colour palette from a user photograph, and uses that to generate an easily-editable camo pattern. Some examples.
ManyLittleApps aggregates seven (and counting) web apps for website design, graphics design, and wordplay. [more inside]
A freezing cat seeks the warmth of a woman, but ends up having to rely on city infrastructure. Along the way, there's a bit of Gangnam Style, a hot-tub scene of sorts, and a very brief bedroom dalliance. [more inside]
A database and visual search engine of over 200,000 Japanese woodblock prints. Starting in the early 1700s and exploding in popularity throughout the 1800s, Japanese woodblock prints depicted the fantastic world of Kabuki actors, courtesans, warriors, and nature. The style of the prints feels particularly modern and vibrant, even today a couple hundred years later. This project aggregates prints from a number of museums, dealers, and auction houses into a single searchable resource. [more inside]
I finished an animated comedy short this summer, about a lovesick cat, which I am now turning into a YouTube series. Franklin the Ladies' Cat combines animation with live action, and episode 1 is up! Hope you'll help me spread the word if you like it. [more inside]
ONOPO is a reimagining of an iconic American board game. I attempted to simplify and clarify the game system, removing any thematic metaphors and other non-essential elements. Inspired by abstract strategy games, I designed a minimal iconographic system which uses as little language as possible. [more inside]
I started this project as way to get people interested in voting while at the same time offering a satirical approach to the typically bland ways people are implored to vote.
I'm tired of the spin and the half-truths. While politicians jockey for position and influence, Americans are suffering. I'm taking my Chamomile Tea Party posters to the public! I've rented ad space in Washington, DC's Metro and I've posted the first of two ads on their back-lit signs. [more inside]
MobChalk is a simple tool for anonymous communication in public spaces using your smartphone. You can leave messages, chat, or meet people. It's like invisible graffiti for every place you go. [more inside]
For the last two weeks I have been creating desktop wallpapers based on book covers. The idea was sparked by a very old reddit post where one user asked why there weren't any high resolution images of book covers. I saw that and figured, "Why not high resolution, wallpaper ready versions of book covers?" And since they didn't exist, I started to make them. [more inside]
I stay in a lot of hotels for work, and have become fascinated with the bizzarre carpet patterns often found in the hallways. I have collected them here for your viewing pleasure.
It feels like our world is spinning out of control. We see poverty, disease, and destruction all around us, and as we search for ways to make sense of the chaos, we're turning to new disciplines for answers and solutions. New, creative innovations are needed, and these new approaches demand different methods and different theories. This book is presented as a handbook for teaching and learning how to design for impact. In it, you'll learn how to apply the process of design to large, wicked problems, and how to gain control over complexity by acting as a social entrepreneur. You'll learn an argument for why design is a powerful agent of change, and you'll read practical methods for engaging with large-scale social problems. [more inside]
Intervals is an online app that I've been working on for several years. Our web design and development agency built it, and uses it, to track our time, tasks and projects. Thought I'd share it with other web-savvy types who might find Intervals useful. There is also a lot of great content in the blog as well, where we've been writing about web design and development for several years. Lots of great content there.
This is a four-minute Ken-Burns-style microdocumentary I made about Seton Hill University's Michael A. Arnzen, four-time Bram Stoker Award winner and the twisted mind behind gorelets.com. [more inside]
I have re-designed several classic Disney movie posters, giving each one a quirky twist! I'd love to hear your thoughts!
I am attempting to design a chess set for the blind in 10 days. I am documenting the experience and explaining my strategy--design thinking, creative methodologies, product development, sketching, modelling--over the 10 days. I'm already on day 5.
Make No Wonder is an HTML5 game where you explore a procedurally-generated wilderness landscape, collecting resources and building structures and tools to survive. [more inside]
With the Oscars just around the corner, I decided to redesign the posters for all of the Best Picture nominees for this years Academy Awards, please let me know what you think! If you then go to my Tumblr page you'll see a few other posters i made for films also nominated for Oscars this year.
Random configurations of Unicode characters, stacked or scattered off-kilter
Your friendly neighborhood word dispensary. [more inside]
GroupsFinder helps you find and track all of the groups near you, and the events that the groups host. [more inside]
I have been designing gig posters, record sleeves, cd covers and other assorted music ephemera since mid-2004. The pieces range from letterpress to offset and silkscreened works. This year I finally got my act together enough to compile nearly all of it into a website featuring nearly a decade's worth of work with new stuff getting produced and added all the time. [more inside]
An infographic solution to the problem of living in an awesome state. [more inside]
I know what you're thinking – the world needs more sarcastic t-shirts like it needs a hole in the head. Nevertheless, here we are. Hope you like 'em! More designs are coming, and I do take requests.
I made a new font by averaging all the fonts on my computer.
I have a small number of these chairs. I will trade them for anything that you think has a similar value.
A co-op wastelands caravan card game for 1-4 players that lasts 30-45 minutes. Race for the Galaxy Vs. Magic the Gathering with a splash of euro gaming in a dirty Fallout post apocalyptic setting. This will be kickstarter.com funded and I would love any help with card ideas and mechanics. [more inside]
The company, Saatva, is making buying a mattress less painful. You get an ultra premium eco friendly mattress without the hassle/salesmen associated with a traditional mattress store. On top of that we offer a 30 day home trial with no restocking/return fees. Let us know what you think. Note: I posted this here before, but we have really matured since then.
A Tumbleblog in which I scour the web for what seem to me to be transmissions from our very near future.
I recently gave a talk about great design can be counter-productive. It was part of "IxD Bauhaus", an event discussing an approach to interaction design that my team (Windows Phone design) is using. And in the talk I kinda call out Windows Phone as an example of great, but perhaps counter-productive design. [more inside]
Photo gallery on The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, an exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts chronicling the legendary designer's 35 years in the fashion industry.
I've started a blog to show my comics of Kittypuss, a cheeky black cat. She does all things cat like, though she sometimes gets in situations that are rather unusual.
A quick and dirty page for any web developer who wants to crib all of that text you need for a properly functioning web site; account creation, forgotten passwords, login errors, etc. Free to use, just cut and paste it into your site.
I just finished my girlfriend's new website showcasing her sweet illustration and design skills. I think it is nice.
I had always been interested in the power and intersection of propaganda and graphic design. And World War II was a fertile era for both. So I started to remix old propaganda posters from the era with contemporary messages about the rancor that is prevalent in American political discourse. I have now published 19 of these posters under the moniker of The Chamomile Tea Party. The two most recent posters: Our Latest No Fly Zone and America's 4th Front: War on the Middle Class. Comments always welcomed.
For the past few years I've been developing techniques for computational graphic design. This is my new website, showing some of my work.
I am a developer in the e-commerce world and I often found myself looking for design patterns of common interface elements on e-commerce stores. I had screenshots of add to cart buttons, color/size pickers, and checkout forms but I had no where to share them. I built this gallery site to share individual elements that I think are inspirational or worthy of reference and I hope it can be a useful resource to other designers, developers, and information architects. [more inside]
The Highlights is an online arts journal from Brooklyn, NY. Beginning as a response to the journalistic bent in art reviews, the publication was created to give artists an outlet to engage in unconventional criticism. Since that time, we have enlarged the format to include experimental text and digital media projects. These works are an extension of the artists’ own practice and consist of image-based essays, original videos, interviews, as well as fictional, virtual, biographic, and diaristic writing. All completed projects are stored permanently in the online archive where they are available for browsing. [more inside]
A slowly rotating circular graphic reveals relative weather data for 50 cities across the globe. Cities are organized according to highest average annual temperature, and precipitation levels animate month to month. Mostly just eye candy, I suppose.
Finally out in the open - a project I've been working on at work. Sweet, beautiful open source map design.
In the course of one day, photograph all of the examples of design that you notice, good, bad, or ugly. I'm especially interested in where you are from vs. where you are at the moment. Are you local? Is this design you grew up with or is it new to you? What does the design say to you? [more inside]
Happy Hour is a card game based around serving drinks. Currently in alpha/playtesting phase. [more inside]
Stock trades determine the songwriting in this audiovisual presentation, translating the ups and downs of 2010 into musical notes. Using a five-note scale spanning three octaves, pitch is determined by the daily closing numbers of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.