2012: a great year

2012 was a really great year, and I thank everyone who played roles in making it so fantastic. I’m particularly indebted to my coworkers at Capella. I made a major transition from design and design management to product management when I accepted a job here in 2011, and it’s been a wonderful career change. I…

Technology alone is not enough.

Technology alone is not enough. It’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our hearts sing. I’ll never forget the thrill of seeing Steve Jobs on stage at WWDC in 2010 and 2011. In 2010, the enthusiasm was about the new iPhone 4. There was so…

The Management Problem

Today, Whitney Hess wrote a great blog post entitled The Management Problem. In it, she argues: The problem with managers is that they’re totally disconnected from the everyday doing [that is] getting done. She goes on to suggest a solution, that it’s a designer’s and developer’s responsibility to make sure that their managers understand and…

Now hiring in Minneapolis: Public Interest Design Director

I’m a proud alumnus as well as a proud former employee of the University of Minnesota, and so I was really excited to read about this job announcement today. I’m particularly happy because “the U”, as we affectionately call it, has been a leader and supporter of public-facing, multidisciplinary design for years. The example closest…

The Big Web Show, Episode 62

To quote the show’s description, “The Big Web Show features special guests and topics like web publishing, art direction, content strategy, typography, web technology, and more. It’s everything web that matters.” So it was an incredible honor to be interviewed by Jeffrey Zeldman about my second book, Mobilizing Web Sites. Stream   |   Download…