Hygge

Hygge. In a considered change of plans, we’re still in Minnesota. For the last week and a half we’ve been visiting with our good mates Chip & Sloane (and two childerbeasts) which has been wonderful. The last few days in particular, staying with mates’ parents up on Lake Melissa. Bliss would a good word to explain...

Poetic Systems

You know those times when things just seem to work out? When things sort of coincide with eery timing? When you start to believe something “happened for a reason”? Yep. This. I’m happy to announce that as of Monday, I’ll be wielding my Wacom pen full-time as part of Houston digital agency Poetic Systems....

Skillz to absolutely crush the billz

I’m on the hunt for a design job in Houston. While looking at positions advertised online this morning I came across a job ad with a detailed list of job requirements (a good sign), with the title “Graphic Designer / Web Developer / Design Department Mgr”, or “a bit of everything” (a bad sign). Below is the...

Digital me

Moving to a new city means meeting many, many new people. Meeting new people often means exchanging phone numbers and email address (I’m not on Facebizzle). In Malaysia, I had to whip up some DIY business cards for KL Design Week which worked a treat[1. Well, kinda: some people didn’t get that the cards flipped up to reveal...

An improvement to Apple’s Preview app

This is a screengrab of the PDF viewing options in Apple’s Preview app. It’s how you view a PDF on screen: as a single page, one at a time; as two pages side-by-side like a book, or continuous scroll where as you scroll through the pages, the next page slides into view below the current page, in a continuous line of pages. I...

The spike

Years ago, I read a book called “The Spike“. It describes future technologies and theorises on what the modern world might be like in the future based on then-current (in the 90s) technology. One concept that really stuck with me was nanotechnology and what the book describes as “the goop pool”. In a nutshell, the...

Icon: Gmail 2.0

A week or so ago, Google released version 2 of their Gmail app for iOS, sporting a spiffy, sleek, and slightly whimsical icon. I’ve been using Sparrow for iOS and Mac and have been fairly happy until recently when the lack of push email had me itching to go back to Gmail (on the web). Being used to having a standalone email app, I...

Godspeed, Jony Ive

Jonathan Ive has been put in charge of Human Interface at Apple: Jony Ive will provide leadership and direction for Human Interface (HI) across the company in addition to his role as the leader of Industrial Design. His incredible design aesthetic has been the driving force behind the look and feel of Appleā€™s products for more than a...