There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat, And we must take the current when it serves, Or lose our ventures. –… Continue reading>

Leave the Wolf

The xkcd comic above caught my attention when it was originally published a while back, and it came back to mind as I mulled over the usual year-end thoughts about New Year resolutions. There's a kernel of truth in that thing. So often we are carrying around things that we don't need, either physically or… Continue reading>

The Jargon Problem

I've always been fascinated with language and the ways it can be used. Clear, evocative prose expressed in an authentic voice is such a pleasure to read. It can be so difficult to get an idea across in an engaging way, that I truly admire anyone who can pull it off. Of course, language can… Continue reading>

Compassionate Design

I've been thinking a lot about the concept of compassion lately, and about how it relates to my work as a designer. It's a tricky concept. When you look for definitions of the word compassion, ideas like pity and suffering come up quite a bit. While they might fit some situations, they're not quite what… Continue reading>