July 1, 2019No Comments

Android development exercise: OMG Star Wars!

I was recently contacted about a Senior Product Design role that is potentially a hybrid design & development role. After meeting with them and discussing my Android background, they asked that I do a take-home coding exercise based on the Star Wars API.

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May 19, 20192 Comments

Cats & Flowers

Please enjoy a springtime mix featuring tracks from All Day I Dream, Shanti Radio Moscow, Tale & Tone, and others. Some deep house, some desert house, and lots of bright bells.

Full Mix

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March 8, 2019No Comments

Typeface study: web font combos recommended by Stepto & Son

In the process of redesigning my site, I've been brushing up on my web typography skills. I've been following Matej Latin's Better Web Type email list, reading his book, and trying out interesting combos using Adobe Fonts based on what I've learned.

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September 10, 2018No Comments

Pencil Me In: The Business Drawing Book for People Who Can’t Draw

Christina Wodtke, 2017

I used to be able to sketch really well in high school and college, but what I really dreamed of was cartooning. Years later I discovered Illustrator. My cartooning dreams came true and I never picked up a pencil to draw again.

Until now.

I'm planning to work as part of a design team whereby communicating ideas requires quick sketches, mock-ups, and white boarding. Fortunately I came across this gem of a book. It walks you though steps, from simple lines and geometric shapes to text & lettering, drawing basics, and building a library of design ideas. Very nice.

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July 31, 2018No Comments

UX development exercise: Android shared element transitions

For a recent exercise, I messed around with shared element transitions in Android. This type transition is useful for selecting an image from one view that will be shown in another.

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July 31, 2018No Comments

DJs: make your live sets sound massive by using signal processors

Decks and speakers are the building blocks of playing out and there’s plenty of discussion about what’s best for each. Generally overlooked however is the stuff in the middle: signal processing components that transform the sound coming from the mixer to the speakers.

With the right equipment it’s very easy to get big sound in any setting, even when you’re using a small sound system.

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