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, 20181 Comment

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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April 23, 2018No Comments

New permalinks

I updated my permalink urls today. Previously my site used /blog/year/post-name, but now it will use /category/post-name.

Why the change? A long time ago I decided to hard-code the word "blog" into the site permalink, which was fine for blog posts. But years later, when I needed to add a new portfolio, it caused my projects to be listed under /blog/work instead of just /work.

I mostly get inbound links for Android / UX development and Digital DJing tips. This url change shouldn't be too disruptive to those readers because most of those posts are simply old or outdated. I've left those two categories in the main menu for the time being to make it easy to relocate those posts.

[Update: I also changed "Android Dev Tips" to "UX Development" since that's my area of expertise.]

My apologies for the minor hassle. Moving forward, I expect there will be far more use for my posts in the future due to upcoming changes to my site.

March 23, 2018No Comments

Rave history: 20 year old, first Skills event flyers available in San Francisco

I designed rave flyers back in the day using the alias Elemental. I kept a small stack of almost everything I made, figuring I’d do something interesting with them in the future. Well the future is now, so I’ve figured out a simple way to share some history: I’m releasing original rave flyers on the anniversary of their event, starting with Skills #1.


The very first Skills party was March 21, 1998. The packed wall-to-wall event took place in the basement of Maritime Hall in San Francisco and included Tom Slik, Happy Kid Marty, Dyloot, Trent, Greg Sandler, J-Bot, Thomas Trouble, Vertigo, Mars, Mystre, and Congo, along with "free water & candy & fruit & toys”.

There’s a small stack of these original Skills flyers at Vinyl Dreams in San Francisco.

Feel free to grab one. Enjoy!