In college, we were tasked with writing a weekly blog that would be worth 10% of our final grade. To be honest, it wasn’t an exercise that I particularly enjoyed at first. The workload for my program was intensive, so my blog fell to the bottom of my priority list. Oftentimes, I felt that my…

Seven days ago, I told myself that I needed to complete the challenge of writing something compelling, revealing, or helpful every single day. It would last just one week, which is less than an eternity. I’m now sitting in front of my desk, at my office, in front of a monitor, using WordPress’ “distraction-free writing mode” to…

We always design a site in stages. Our process is built to facilitate the production of highly usable, scalable, and engaging websites that endure. First, we spend a substantial amount of time talking with our client about their business, the way they work, their challenges and opportunities, how much time they have to write and…

It’s been a week. A really good week and an exhausting one at the same time. And yet there is no beer in the fridge. According to the #YourTurn Challenge, Day 5 is advice day and the question is this: What advice would you give for getting unstuck? Related, I have five pieces of advice, as…

The End is Not in Sight

Much has been written lately about doom and gloom and the end of web design. The writings are extensive and altogether exhausting. Some feel that the traditional design firm is in decline and ending—while others feel that we are on the cusp of a new kind of web design. I tend to believe the latter…

Growing up in suburban Philadelphia in the 1970s, we didn’t have a lot of fancy. Not like kids these days. Black and white televisions. Shag carpeting. Avocado sofas with plastic covers. Keds. Orange fridges. Tang. Not much. But one thing we did have? Fireworks! A friend of mine and I, in those days of yore, would collect small…

We’re working with a client right now which has substantial website development needs. It’s a big project and we’ve been working with them for many months, going on a long but pleasurable journey of discovery, strategic direction, wire-framing, multiple rounds of design, hand coding, and custom development. Now that we’re close to launching the site,…

I’m so absolutely taken away by the full-page advert that Starbucks took out yesterday in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other newspapers. In honour of Dr. Martin Luther King, the ad turns literally turns heads with the most simple of visual messages: the alphabet is reversed and the letters “m”, “l”, and “k”, are…

The Idea of Writing

As I implied yesterday, the act of writing is an act of submission. It means creating a time to look hard in the mirror, to ask questions of oneself that are not always particularly lovely, and to build a space that publicly exposes your thoughts along with all of their flaws. It means submitting to the laws…

Writing for Godot

Enough is enough. After several years of promising myself and my colleagues that I would be writing more and putting myself out there, I’m now pulling the trigger. The weapon is in front of me and I’m staring right into it. (It kind of looks like a homemade pea shooter.) Writing is an important part of who…

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