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“The Chain Will Keep Us Together”
(blockchain for the music industry)

I live and work in a hotbed of technology – San Francisco. I am bombarded daily with hype for the latest in tech. Most of this is just that – hype. But every once in awhile a new bit of technology comes along with the potential to completely change the world in which we live. I […]

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The Needle and the Damage Done

Neil Young’s proclamation that he is pulling his catalog from streaming services really hit me hard. I’ve been trying to reconcile it in my head the entire week. I am a long time Neil Young fan – I’ve purchased plenty of his albums on multiple formats over the years. I’m an early streaming adopter and […]


4 Reasons Why the Tidal Streaming Service is Good for the Future of Music

It would be easy to glom on with the haters as they lampoon the out-of-touch celebrities that gathered to announce Tidal, Jay Z’s recently acquired streaming service. Few could argue that the announcement event wasn’t pitiful. There were nearly as many uncomfortable celebrities on stage as there were disingenuously enthusiastic people in the audience. And […]

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Law of Project Momentum: TANGIBILITY

The most tangible effort or deliverable will receive the most attention. Example: If you present strategy and a prototype in the same meeting be sure to present the strategy first. It will be challenging to get your audience to enter a strategic mindset once they’ve seen the prototype. A theoretical hierarchy of UX deliverables by […]

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Rules of Thumb for Creative Collaboration

OpenEndedGroup is a trio of digital artists hailing from Chicago and New York comprised of Marc Downie, Shelley Eshkar, and Paul Kaiser. Their creative output frequently incorporates dance, music, installation and film to produce pioneering art within the digital realm. But it’s not the group’s creative works that I write about here. What truly got […]

Replace Your Pivot

“Pivot” appears to be the buzzword du jour among those attempting to launch the next innovative mobile app. The design and development cycle for mobile apps tends to be short, fast and aggressive. It’s not uncommon to change course (pivot) when a new competitor enters the scene. Often it’s the overlap of some “killer features” […]

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mind profile: Kelly Johnson

This is the first in a series of profiles of leaders in collaborative design. Name: Kelly Johnson Dates: February 27, 1910 – December 21, 1990 Bio: Celebrated aeronautical engineer at Lockheed Martin for more than 40 years. Designed 40+ spy planes and is ranked 8th by Aviation Week’s “All-Time Top 100 Stars of Aerospace and […]

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story arc: Seeing is Believing

Here is another installment of noteworthy items I’ve come across over the course of the week. -Enjoy.   It’s still voodoo magic to me: A hard flip pretzel at 1000 fps I’m too busy interacting with the site to read the message: Apparently it’s about being responsible It makes sense when you consider the furniture lasts […]

story arc: May 20th

Here is the first in a new weekly installment of noteworthy items I’ve come across over the course of the week. I present them to you without much commentary and I leave it to you to consider a story arc among them. Enjoy. A fascinating way to experience a curated gift by your chosen luminary. […]

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THE WORD ON THE CURVE I look forward to the day when we look back on the early 00’s and laugh about the ridiculous blight websites put on the user experience. I’m talking about CAPTCHA. When it first appeared I thought it was a small but maybe necessary hurdle in my path to fill out […]