Content Design Challenges

About two months ago, SiteInspire got a responsive redesign and the internet once again started tweeting up a storm about this nice redesign. It’s a cycle that seems to happen every few months: a site gets redesigned responsively, is done professionally, and the design/dev community starts feeling proud of itself and about the real changes we’re having on the everyday experience of using the internet. It’s great that we’ve begun to convince businesses of the need to cater…

Custom Short Domains

I’ve added the ability to tweet posts here using a great plug-in called “WP Tweet Button,” which took maybe 5 minutes max to install and customize. I wasn’t looking for anything super custom with this, just the ability to have it appear both in the feed and on an article page. There are more features for users wanting more control but for it’s ease of use, I would recommend it.

What it made me realize…

The Basics of Typesetting

Two Thursdays ago, Maxim Zhukov moderated a panel with Paul Shaw, Erik Spiekermann, Roger Black and Matthew Carter that touched on a range of topics from Open Type to how they judge non-Roman fonts to everyone’s favorite fonts. With such a range of personalities as well, Spiekermann’s German extrovert to Carter’s stoic Brit with charm, it felt like hanging out backstage in the VIP lounge of a festival with only headliners. Throughout the panel discussion, you got a sense…

Comedy is Changing Entrepreneurship

Last month, I bought Louis C. K.’s comedy special when it went on sale for $5 (!!!!) exclusively on his website. For the same price that I can rent a movie on iTunes, which I’ve only been conned into doing once, I bought my favorite comedian’s comedy special. The download has “no DRM, no regional restrictions, no crap.” And it’s a pretty hilarious comedy special, melding the…

Working in Distracted Environments

When I was in grad school at Parsons, there was a definite divide between the people who chose to study in the 10th floor lab and those who went…well anywhere else that was quieter. The lab was (and probably still is) more of a lively environment. People user tested in the lab, did group projects, ate meals, checked out equipment, had loud Skype calls, and just about anything you can imagine. Suffice it to say, there was a consistent…

Thinking

“Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.”

-Goethe