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>


Hope is a concept with which I have a conflicted relationship. I'm a hopeful person, very much a "glass half full" type. Despite my optimism, I always cringe a little bit when I hear somebody saying that they're "hoping" that this thing or that thing will happen for them. I like it even less when… Continue reading>

3D Printing

3D printing has been getting a lot of buzz recently, its evangelists have been cranking up the rhetoric with some pretty heady predictions of a brave new world of home fabrication of, well, pretty much anything. Even some more mainstream publications such as The Atlantic have got in on the act. I've been reading all… Continue reading>


image credit: Ethan Labowitz Design/Build is a trend that I'm seeing more and more in the environmental graphics work that I do. Clients are increasingly looking for the turn-key approach that can provide them with a full-service solution from design through to installation. I understand the motivation from the client's perspective -- they only have… Continue reading>