June 2, 2020

Design & Racial Justice

John Maeda and Kevin Bethune recently sat down to discuss the business of design, CX in 2020, & Racial Justice. While the conversation ran the gamer of topics, I pulled out a few noteworthy highlights:

  1. Are tech companies going to create more bubbles within the bubbles by allowing people to work from home and not get a chance to interact with others and build diversity?
  2. As leaders, you're privileged and have a level up on others so you need to keep that in mind and flip the script. More than ever we need servant leaders who are willing to serve
  3. Orgs need to do a lot of work internally to ensure the lip service they pay to racism actually matches actions internally
  4. A multidisciplinary (& diverse) team can see the future through various angles and as such will be central to innovation going forward. 

July 24, 2017

Map Icons

I was asked to take on a course around icon development in Sketch for Lynda. It took me a while to figure out what kind of icon I would want students to build in the course that covered all the information they were to learn. I wanted to go with one icon that built over the course but that was tricky to do. Instead, I designed these icons based on a California tourist site. The idea is that the icons would show particular landmarks that users may want to visit while visiting California.

April 6, 2017

History of Voice Interfaces

As an introduction to using voice interfaces for a presentation at work, I created this video covering the history of voice interfaces as we've thought about it through modern history. While we still have a long way to go in AI, we've come along way in recent years and how Human Resources might eventually become a voice interface.

January 22, 2017

Smart Watch Game Design

As part of one of my courses for Lynda.com, I partnered with another author to create this create your own adventure game for the iWatch.

August 5, 2016

Hotel iWatch App

Working with Lynda has been a fantastic opportunity that has not only challenged me and grown my skills but given me the opportunity to teach hundreds of thousands. This watch prototype was created for my UX Design for Sketch course. I wanted to introduce another way to interact with a hotel room. I believe most of us hate those hotel keys. They are easily lost or misplaced. In future iterations, I'd love to work through the use of the August Lock, Nest, Alexa, and other smart devices


November 4, 2015

Bring Joy

“It is not enough that we build products that function, that are understandable and usable, we also need to build products that bring joy and excitement, pleasure and fun, and, yes, beauty to people’s lives.”

Don Norman

April 4, 2014

The OtherMill 3D Printer

I was curious about 3D printing and was thus super excited about supporting the Othermill Kickstarter Project. The Othermill allows you to create custom circuits, keychains, and various other 3D projects. The only limitation is your imagination. In this studio tour, I was able to learn about the mill and watch it work.

July 20, 2013

Free as Me: Hackathon Project

During a weekend hackathon, we were challenged to provide solutions to common problems within social justice. For my team, we took on the issue of human trafficking but before we could create a solution I told the team we needed to better understand the problem.

I turned to a representative from the International Justice Mission to find out more about where they had the most trouble. It wasn't finding victims of trafficking. It wasn't getting them the services they need. The root of the problem lay within communication between the back office and the "soldiers on the ground". Trying to get the information about the victims to the back office the fastest is vital in the battle for the victims. Then I drilled deeper to better understand the issues the feet on the ground are facing.

  • They are often in dangerous situations, where showing they have a smartphone will result in them being mugged or their car being broken into
  • They cannot take the phone with them into places where the victims are
  • Cell signal is often lacking
  • English is often a second language & written language isn't always strong

Therefore the solution had to be an application that facilitated communication, saved the collected data without a cell connection, and could be something they could do as if they were leaving a clipboard in their car before leaving on the dangerous mission of researching and rescuing victims of trafficking.

Our solution was Free As Me. The application allows the researcher to collect a voice message & any other data, as well as the priority of the issue, into the database which can then be sent to the back office in the background once the signal is achieved. Thus allowing the team to move quickly to issues of trafficking.

We not only won the hackathon as Best of Social Justice but we were also offered jobs with IJM.

September 16, 2008

Journalist Time App

I had an opportunity while living in London, UK to interview at the BBC. As part of the interview, I was challenged to prepare & present a solution for journalists to track their time. I first interviewed the guys who interviewed me and asked them a bunch of questions about the challenges the journalists face on the road. They can be in remote locations with no cell signal. They need to check in their time quickly and track it against several different stories (like designers and projects). I did some competitive research and interviewed a few journalists. Based on my research, I quickly sketched up the wireframes below and then presented the project (BBCpressie) to the guys.

My goal was to allow them to input their project, time spent, what they were doing, as well as, inputting any time off they needed. The project was well received.