Coffee, design, & comedy; these are my passions.

I grew up (and continue to reside) in Northern California's lovely San Francisco Bay Area. My childhood was filled with weekend excursions to art galleries where my parents taught me to patiently observe beauty. I spent a few years in New York attending Cornell University where I earned degrees in Economics and Computer Science. Before graduating I was published and invited to speak at Interact in Rome.

Now, I design. To me, design is the execution of thoughtfulness. This may be a home security system, an online store, or perhaps the structure of a sentence.

This website is a collection of observations, thoughts, and work. I also enjoy the occasional Tweet.

A Typographic Approach to Email

wordsby1910:

In our on-going pursuit of trying to improve readability and usability of digital products and services, one thing that’s always struck us as odd is the way typography of email applications has been left untouched since the early days of the internet. Even modern applications released in the…

I hope this becomes a Kickstarter project.

Design Is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli

Last night I watched Design Is One at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. It was inspiring. Lella & Massimo are brilliant and surprisingly entertaining. There is something unique about designers who are partners in both life and work.

Their portfolio is unending, and each project contains a bit of magic. They mastered the practice of intertwining beauty and function. Just look at the poster above. The yellow cup has elegant curves, and a place for your thumb to rest while holding the cup. There’s actually a great story behind this cup and its failure as a product, but I’ll let you learn about it from Massimo himself in the documentary. The DVD will make a great Hanukkah gift (wink).

I also purchased tickets for:

I love this industry.

Gorgeous shot.

Face to Face

De Niro and Pacino have a chat in Heat. Amazing scene.

Photos of famous landmarks while they were still under construction.

This is amazing.

(Source: yourackdisciprine, via euphues)

That Looper Phone

I am always deeply fascinated by tech products shown in movies set in the future.

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Here we can see Joseph Gordon Levitt’s cell phone in Looper as he is receiving a call. Someone designed this hardware and software specifically for this movie. What does it tell us?

Screen

This isn’t the only recent movie to use a transparent cell phone screen. We also see one in Hugh Jackman’s phone in Reel Steel. What is the advantage? This forces all of the circuitry into the bezel. Good luck with that, Ive.

Icons

  • Battery: It’s full even late at night. Did JGL charge recently? Does it take weeks for the battery to drain?
  • Signal strength: 3 full circles (assuming this is the purpose of the icon in the upper right corner).
  • Phone: This is obvious since JGL is receiving a call.
  • Globe + Map: The map seems unnecessary considering we do not see where the call is originating from. Why show a map at all?
  • Progress bar: Above the four bottom icons we see a progress bar. It looks like JGL is on screen three out of four. Perhaps we are still swiping between sets of icons.
  • Gear: We are still using a gear to represent settings in the future.
  • Chat bubble: We are still texting too. :-)
  • Flux Capacitor & Pixelated Arrow: Your guess is as good as mine.

Shape

The phone’s shape is almost a perfect square. This tells us that in the future people either don’t watch videos on their phones, or the video format somehow returned to 4:3.

Actions

I believe it’s safe to assume that a red X means “do not answer.” A green OK is inconsistent. Why not show a green checkmark instead?

Buttons

I do not see any physical buttons. It must be entirely controlled by software.

Audio

I do not see any holes for noise to escape. How does JGL hear the caller’s voice? How does the phone ring? Note: It’s funny to use the word “ring” considering phones do not truly ring anymore.

Ports

The phone is too thin to plug in any cables. It must charge through induction (or wirelessly!).

Strength

JGL immediately smashes the phone with a rock after this close-up. I guess Gorilla Glass X isn’t indestructible.

Really?

Yes, I really enjoy these explorations.

The Monuments Men

Last night I watched The Monuments Men, and there’s one aspect that I’m still thinking about.

At one point in the movie (not a spoiler), there is a summary of everything that was stolen by the Nazis. Thousands of paintings, sculptures, jewelry, train cars, and 3,000 church bells.

Church bells? What was the purpose of stealing church bells? I can’t imagine them being particularly valuable. My guess? It was to signify the end of all religion. The Nazis would conquer everything including God.

Do you agree?

Happy 30th Birthday, Mac

I have always used Macs (except for a couple wretched summer internships). In fact, I’m putting together an Exposure post that will provide some insight into this collection.

  • LC
  • Performa 6115
  • Performa 6300
  • Power Mac G3 Blue & White
  • Powerbook G4
  • iMac
  • Retina iMac

When I look at this list and reflect, certain homes, games, and stages of my life come to mind. I can vividly remember where each computer lived, and what it was primarily used for. Sim City 2000, Warcraft II, Marathon, Starcraft, burning CDs, and, perhaps, the occasional essay.

Note: This does not include work computers. Also, y’all should check out the Thirty Years of Mac page that Apple put together. Gorgeous.

The Subtle Brilliance of Apple's Product Names

I giggle whenever I see a new Moto RAZR™ MAZZ™ HD2 Pro product announcement. I’m shocked companies still name their products in such a ridiculous fashion.

Seattle (at Rainier Tower)

Seattle (at Rainier Tower)

Found a great submission for Tab Closed; Didn’t Read and Bullshit Overlays.
Tonx includes a letter with every shipment. Delightful.

Tonx includes a letter with every shipment. Delightful.