What can we augment, and why?
How can digital experiences—most notably, augmented reality experiences—enhance our relationship with the physical and natural world?
I’ve written a lot about the importance of listening and active listening in design, but it occurred to me that it might help to get more specific about how listening happens.
Three good design principles
Hard won, never perfect. What are yours?
TED Talk: Paleoanthropologist Genevieve von Petzinger has studied and codified ancient markings in caves across Europe. The uniformity of her findings suggest that graphic communication, and the ability to preserve and transmit messages beyond a single moment in time, may be much older than we think.
Hephaestus designed for user experience
Once again, I read a designer’s post telling readers that “the user is no longer a spectator”.
How is this still a thing?
The user has never been a spectator.
Nature is not minimalist
Pattern archetypes: an elegant onion
I find it half fascinating, half maddening. It can be bulbous and comical or elegant and mysteriously harmonious. Its leaf-like form and the fascinating ways it can tightly repeat make it seem archetypal. One site’s onion is another site’s paisley, ogee or persian pickle, and the meanings of all those terms overlap and blur.
New Business Launch: Space to Love
Space to Love is a new organization and decluttering business, based in Los Angeles. The vision of author and designer, Christel Ferguson, it will focus on both adapting to and facilitating important life changes for individuals, couples and families.
Emotion and Design, and Empathy
This post contains a few “supplemental notes” to my article about the topic on Webdesigner Depot.
In writing the article, I was most excited about the extraordinary role played by empathy—that time and space where you allow yourself to be moved by someone else’s feelings.
Print-on-Demand… with Juice
Somewhere between “all things Print-on-Demand” and “Creating a Design Culture” lies a turbulent explosion of ground-breaking startups. These are people who are acting now on the growing creative potential of emerging technologies…
Designing to sell: does color always reach us first?
Brazilian graphic designer Paula Rúpolo recently challenged our senses and our expectations by swapping the colors of competing brands’ logos.
Use Print-on-Demand to build your business identity
Print-on-demand, the ability to create custom items as needed—rather than in large quantities in anticipation of future needs—has become one of the defining phenomena of this digital age.
Art of the Bag: Penina’s Top Ten
As I write this post, a personal Pinterest board I’ve titled, “Art of the Bag” has 136 pins. That’s less than I feared, but still quite a lot of information to process in pursuit of functional beauty. I considered starting a new board (which would bring the total to […]
Custom business cards for a Los Angeles hair stylist
These custom business cards were designed and printed for Los Angeles hair stylist, Leisa Canter. The gifted stylist is usually booked to the gills, so hadn’t needed to think about new cards… until she realized it was time to catch up with her own creative and business growth.
Logo: Soul Mates Assistance Dogs
Tamara Muro is the founder of New Orleans’ critically acclaimed Velvet Coffee. I had the privilege of designing the logo for Velvet and was delighted when she came back for design help with her new venture.
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