A break from the digital life — Bent Wood Bicycle Tray Project

By Sunday, November 30, 2014 No tags 1

As a side project, I have been de­sign­ing and build­ing these bent wood bi­cy­cle trays. Need­less to say, I’ve spent a lot of time in the wood shop work­ing with a va­ri­ety of wood work­ing tools. It has been a while since I have used a band­saw and ta­ble router. It feels so sat­is­fy­ing to be mak­ing some­thing tan­gi­ble with my hands. Like most de­sign­ers, I spend a lot of time in front of my lap­top or read­ing and talk­ing about design.

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Above the Fold — Thesis Update #3

By Friday, November 28, 2014 , 1

Over the past few months I have been fo­cus­ing most of my en­ergy on my grad­u­ate the­sis project at the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton. It has been an up­hill strug­gle that has left me feel­ing both ex­hausted and ex­cited for the com­ing months. Any­one who has been through the ar­du­ous chal­lenge of find­ing and choos­ing a the­sis topic to fo­cus on can at­test to the men­tal pain that I am feel­ing. I do feel like I have fi­nally man­aged to put a few stakes in the ground, and I con­sider them to be mi­nor achievements.

Fo­cus, re­fine, move for­ward and re­peat. This is the strat­egy and the mantra that I have fol­lowed in or­der to keep me push­ing forward.

Fo­cus, re­fine, move for­ward, repeat.

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Finding the perfect name | Down with Domain Squatters!

By Friday, November 28, 2014 No tags 0

NameMesh’s in­no­v­a­tive web­site makes find­ing the per­fect do­main name eas­ier and en­ter­tain­ing. Ad­mit­tedly, I have spent hours on the NameMesh site. My wife thinks that I may be crazy, but find­ing the per­fect name for a project has been be­come more and more chal­leng­ing as all of the seem­ingly great do­mains have been snatched up by squat­ters, hosts, and auctioneers.

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Mesmerizing video of Chernobyl from Danny Cooke

By Wednesday, November 26, 2014 No tags 0

Just watched this mes­mer­iz­ing video of Cher­nobyl, Post­cards from Pripyat Cher­nobyl from Danny Cooke on Vimeo. Great use of im­ages and drone video footage.

Makes me want to go out and buy a nice video cam­era and travel the world and ex­plore the for­got­ten places on earth.

See more of Danny Cooke’s videos here.


Where GlassyBaby’s Are Born

By Thursday, November 13, 2014 No tags 0

Out on an­other tour of an amaz­ing lo­cal startup, Glassy­Baby in the Madrona neigh­bor­hood in Seat­tle, WA. If you haven’t heard of them, you should look them up. They are a high end, beau­ti­ful, glass tea light can­dles. Orig­i­nally cre­ated as small gifts for friends, Glassy­Baby has quickly grown to a large studio.

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Touring GrayPants Seattle Studio

By Thursday, October 30, 2014 No tags 0

On a cold and wet Thurs­day morn­ing, I made my way down to the SoDo neigh­bor­hood in Seat­tle WA, to tour the Gray­Pants stu­dio. Deep in­side the in­dus­trial neigh­bor­hood, tucked in be­hind large anony­mous build­ings sits an old wooden build­ing pre­vi­ously used for boat build­ing. This is the home of GrayPants.

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News Journals / Primary Research — Thesis Update #2

By Monday, October 20, 2014 No tags 0

The first phase of my pri­mary re­search for my mas­ter the­sis project started with some mak­ing. Af­ter get­ting a quick re­fresher tu­to­r­ial from de­signer Abi­gail Steinem, I de­signed and made hand bound jour­nals for my re­search par­tic­i­pants to record their news con­sump­tion habits for a week and a half. I re­cruited (with the help of Kris­tine Matthews, my the­sis chair) a class of ju­niors at the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton. The jour­nals were an in­ter­est­ing chal­lenge. In or­der for them to not be­come a chore they needed to be sim­ple and straight for­ward. They also were made small and sturdy so that the stu­dents could eas­ily keep the jour­nals on them at all times.

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