The Now

September 16th, 2017

Working for a design school and going to grad school there was a true gift: it led me to work with and know some amazing designers and artists. I found computer science and design later in life; my early academic career was centered on history (although my fellowship at the National University of Ireland, studying…

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Taking Risks, Trying New Things and Creative Confidence

August 30th, 2017

I am teaching a college course for the second time. It feels new still, but not as new as it did last fall. I am a big believer in diving in and trying new things, even if it is outside of your comfort zone; it’s intrinsic to who I am. I remember once telling a…

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The life of design

August 4th, 2017

In my first published article, I wrote with some passion about the ideas of lean UX and the somewhat sparse interjection of UX design into an engineering framework. Being intensely interested in the making part of design, and seeing these ideas as a metaphor for acts of design across the spectrum, I wrote about these…

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Stand in the Place Where You Live. Creating Joyful Experiences Part 1

May 8th, 2017

I’m reading Happiness, a book by the Buddhist Monk Matthieu Ricard. I am struck by the importance of this work, on the level of giving readers the potential to re-imagine themselves. Understanding what role ego plays in the degree to which we are happy seems a key to so many sources of problems we encounter.…

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Our Robot Fantasies: Much Ado About AI

April 8th, 2017

I studied information systems in graduate school, and I remember in the mid 2000s there were numerous articles pontificating on the paperless future we all would enjoy. These writings would wonder at how we would exist, diagram out scenarios for simple governmental tasks like renewing a driver’s license, and discuss the moral and ethical implications.…

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Allowing New Iterations

March 21st, 2017

I personally love going into book stores. It is probably a remnant from when I went to libraries growing up. I also love going into record shops. If you read the above, and think that all seems rather antiquated, you are definitely not alone. Why get in the car, drive down to the shop, when…

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UI and UX, Infinite Purpose

February 19th, 2017

“Perplexity seems to be an inexorable companion to time’s passage”–Yuval Dolev “The present moment is that ambiguity in which time and eternity touch each other”–Kierkegaard. “Time isn’t holding us. Time isn’t after us”–David Byrne “A strong man acts within that which constrains him”–Cromwell. Time can have some fear associated with it. Our age is tied…

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Journal. February 11

February 12th, 2017

“How vulgar, this hankering after immortality, how vain, how false. Composers are merely scribblers of cave paintings. One writes music because winter is eternal and because, if one doesn’t, the wolves and blizzards would be at one’s throat all the sooner”–David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas “With much bad luck, since my mother was American, I would…

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Remaining True to Ourselves

February 1st, 2017

Where do we look for our identity and purpose? In this recent election, it seemed clear that identity and expectation was tied to the external. Building a wall, banning people; these are everything to do with some idea that we can only exist as being in opposition to someone else. Indeed, no discussion from either…

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Reflections Before the Inauguration, from a friend

January 20th, 2017

I wanted to share the thoughts of a dear friend; they are beautiful I do believe America and the U.S. of A. can be an the indispensable force for good. That the world could be spectacularly better because of us. That each of us have to become involved directly in our government. It’s harder than…

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