Yours truly in 1989. This week is my 20th anniversary as a resident of New York City. I moved here in September 1989 at the tender age of 18, excited to begin studying art at Cooper Union but largely ignorant of how much New York itself would teach me for the next two decades. What … Continue reading 20 Years in New York City
In his Time Magazine Person of the Year interview, Barack Obama said “it turns out there’s some spending that has to be done on information technology, for example, that we can do very swiftly.” If recent speeches by the new President are any sign, I sure hope he’s talking about rural broadband access. Like many … Continue reading Tubes for the Sticks
As you might already know, The School of Visual Arts, one of New York’s leading art and design institutions, is gearing up for a brand new MFA in Interaction Design program beginning this September. SVA has for many years been highly regarded, especially for its vibrant and cutting edge MFA programs (for example in Design … Continue reading Mastering Interaction Design: Deadline January 15th!
Today is the seventh anniversary of the incorporation of Behavior, the humble web and user experience design consultancy I helped found in 2001. Happy birthday to us! My four awesome partners and I started the company in what at the time seemed like the worst possible economic climate to launch a new business. The one-two … Continue reading Behavior is Seven!
If you’re in NYC this Thursday, you should come to see From Sketching to Experience, the first of Liz Danzico‘s Dot Dot Dot series of small, informal (and free) lectures. These lectures are the ramp-up to SVA’s new MFA in Interaction Design program. I’ll be one of the speakers this Thursday, and am also going … Continue reading Talking about Sketching about Interacting
Last week I delivered a brand new presentation at the O’Reilly Web 2.0 Expo, right here in New York City, entitled The Seduction of the Innocent: Merchandising in Interactive Product Design. (I’m presenting it again this Friday at the Euro IA Summit in Amsterdam, hopefully with a few enhancements.) The topic itself went through an … Continue reading Seducing Web 2.0
I just found out that @benjamin_spock is following me on Twitter. I’m getting the feeling that I’m being sucked in to an Alternate Twitterverse generated by Mad Men. About two dozen new Twitterers have followed me over the last couple of weeks, and the majority of them have been characters from Mad Men. At first … Continue reading Mad Men’s “Alternate Twitterverse”
Newstand by Berenice Abbott, 1935 In print design, the expression “above the fold” dates from an era where broadsheet newspapers were folded in half and piled up in stacks in front of newsstands, showing only the upper-half of the front page to potential customers. If an article or a picture did not appear “above the … Continue reading The Scrolling Experience and “The Fold”