Doing good work

I have a new position at Central Coast Agency working with some new friends and trying to make some good work for our clients. I’m happy to be a Creative Director now, although it does push my efforts into guiding both concept and delivery – but that’s a good thing. One thing I do enjoy is the

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UX designer picks the winners at Cannes 2011

1. Old Spice Responses (Weiden+Kennedy) Wins Grand Prix, etc! Let’s get this one out of the way. No contest. Why? Because it took an already winning execution and brought it into lo-fi down-and-dirty Ernie Kovacs territory. A couple of props, a towel, and a deep connection to the always-on mantra of the internet. Make a

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UX will do you some good

Don’t assume in a dropdown list that aphabetical is the ideal sort. Assume that questions that are meaningful to the business problem may require an example. Don’t assume that non-required questions should be asked anyway Indicate what the information will be used for. Never use a cancel button. Align right all submit buttons. Feburary UX

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“Do no harm” design

Its true that many of the people making design decisions on the web are not designers. They are engineers, business people, students, factory workers, race-car drivers, etc. Since content is the main value proposition of the internet, how can we keep bad design decisions from obscuring their contributions? Perhaps the philosophy of "do no harm"

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Thinking about touch computing

One year or thereabouts past the introduction of the iPad, it seems safe that the term ‘touch computing’ has a sound footing in devices that are readily available in both the large, small, and medium sized flavor (Samsung galaxy). Contrast this to ‘normal’ computers and other sorts of remote controls which I supposed can be

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A very busy year

It’s been a very fruitful year working with the great team at ARC/Leo Burnett. I’m grateful most of all to the brilliant, funny, and talented creative director Bass Phillips for his leadership in the many ventures we undertook this year. For the good people of Purina, we continued refinement of WagWorld.com, where people who are looking to spend

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Google is evil, Adobe is lazy and Apple is…

“No one will be using Flash. The world is moving to HTML5.” I was struck by this quote, supposedly coming from the the Steve during a private pep talk about Apple’s relationships with Adobe and Google. Within my industry, rich interaction goes hand in hand with Flash. It has been a personal crusade of mine

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What can you do only with touch?

Its been about two years since Apple opened up the API and allowed people to write programs directly with the interface elements available within the hardware and software of the iPod device. This has been an unprecedented success, more people have picked up Objective C, even more sales have taken place since the heydays of

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6 crap User Interface ideas we’re stuck with

To be nostalgic about old computer interfaces really only seems to take place in the world of videogames. Its rare that people reminisce about Windows 3.1, although OS 9 has a couple of fans. I heard a heartfelt review of a videogame on the Totally Rad Show where one of the latest and greatest games was unfavorably compared

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