Places Make Us

Places Make Us

My Keynote from Midwest UX is available. it is about how, as we make places, places make us back. We must be careful and caring as we design the new worlds people live in online.   Christina Wodtke — Places…

The Sunday Report

The Sunday Report

This week has mostly been about writing. I’m revising my book, and I needed a way to make my plot make sense. As I researched how to plot, I found a ton of great stuff! Enjoy! Writing Finds Firstly, Kurt…

The Sunday Report

The Sunday Report

I’m going to try something new here, and round-up the cool stuff I found each week while doing some research for things I’m doing… First, cool article here HBR: How CEOs Became Takers, Not Makers “Given incentives to maximize shareholder…

The Extra-Chunky Internet

The Extra-Chunky Internet

When I first read Malcolm Gladwell’s Ketchup Conundrum in 2004, I knew it was important to the work I do. I just didn’t know why until ten years later, when Apple’s itunes store changed the nature of how we design…

Never Take The Package Deal

Never Take The Package Deal

If you have met Richard Saul Wurman, you have a Richard Saul Wurman story. Even 37 signals’s Jason Fried has a RSW story that changed his life.  The man is often a … jerk. But he has a way of…

Learning from MySpace

Learning from MySpace

Originally published in The Journal of Information Architecture The joy of the city is its diversity. A great city has styles of buildings from many eras. It has architectural successes and failures. It sports buildings that have been adapted over the…

Resources for Drawing Ideas

Resources for Drawing Ideas

A few months back, I started a journey.  As a painter, I was confident in my ability to draw. Yet I struggled with rendering diagrams.  That journey is documented in my article, How to Make a Concept Model.  But as…

101 Theses on the Design of Digital Things

101 Theses on the Design of Digital Things

101 disordered theses on design. Originally tweeted and numbering 95, it has been edited for clarity as well as grown by 6. Claimer: This is stuff *I* believe after doing, managing and teaching Design for 20+ years. Not “The Truth”,…