Google Material: Meaningful Animation

Posted by on Apr 12, 2015
Google Material: Meaningful Animation

This past week, I spent a few days at Google’s campus in New York learning about the new Material Design spec. Material focuses on four main points, with one being the most consistent across all interfaces and devices: animation. As more apps incorporate flat design into their aesthetic and architecture, meaningful animation begins to pick […]

Building Robots

Posted by on Apr 11, 2015
Building Robots

Over the past year, I have spent hundreds of hours building different kinds of robots. Some of these machines have been built from kits, compiled from open source files, or designed and fabricated from custom components. This is an amazing time for hardware development! Consumer drones are becoming increasingly capable. Many of the robot projects […]

Journey Maps & Personas

Posted by on Feb 24, 2013
Journey Maps & Personas

Journey Maps and Personas are employed to define and design interactive products. “Persona” is frequently used interchangeably with “user” although the two terms differ in meaning when it comes to usability. Personas are profiles of fictional characters or people based on ethnographic research, surveys or interviews. Customer Journey Map A Customer Journey Map outlines the […]

Optomized Design Patterns

Posted by on Feb 24, 2013
Optomized Design Patterns

Allowing for modular and responsive design patterns helps ensure a more flexible schedule, better maintenance and improved experience across multiple platforms. Responsive design means creating flexible CSS classes for different screen sizes. Scrolling design makes pages animate with effects like parallax to give a smooth and modern feel to simple content. Mobile design means optimizing […]

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Posted by on Nov 15, 2012
Thinking, Fast and Slow

I recently attended a UX Book Club at the MeetUp Headquarters in New York. The group of about 20 people discussed Thinking, Fast and Slow, a book by the Noble Prise winning cognitive psychologist Daniel Kahneman. The book outlines a theory of two abstract systems of the brain that are responsible for various activities and […]

IA Strategies

Posted by on Aug 13, 2012
IA Strategies

Information architecture is often one of the most complex problems when dealing with a complex website. Even beyond the first few pages, new questions arrise about organization, categorization, and taxonomy. When dealing with standard content websites that feature all primary pages on the first level of hierarchy, standard naming conventions can provide stock answers to […]

Designing a New Portfolio

Posted by on Jul 27, 2012
Designing a New Portfolio

2011 iteration of my design portfolio. A decent portfolio takes a lot of work and consideration. Having made several online portfolios at this point, there are certain things that seem more important than others during the creation of the site. For one, the overall ease of navigation takes precedence over most other elements. An interesting trend […]