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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