Design milk: an evening w argodesign

Posted on Apr 28, 2016 in Blog, Education, experience design

It’s fun to peak into another studio, see their presentation style (and templates) and hear them talk about their work. I paid particular attention to the style of typography, the sizing, formatting, choice of imagery and pacing of the story. Project brief, goals, methodology, research findings, solution, result. And also the content. Obviously. Mark Rolston […]

Thinking about hip hideaways in Austin

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 in architecture, Blog, community, experience design

I was combing through my delicious bookmarks searching for a link I saved months ago when I realized I have collected a long list of awesome design conscious hotels in the Austin area. I thought I’d share them here! Hotel Ella The Architect’s House 2008 Riverview Street, Austin, TX 78702, (512) 402-7300, Contact here. Heywood Hotel Hotel […]

Font Management

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 in sketchnote

Photo of two adjacent signs posted to a construction site Oops! Looks like someone forgot to activate the correct fonts before sending the artwork to the printer. This is an easy mistake, but it’s always important to confirm if you’ve got the proper weights. Problems could be caused by: multiple copies of typefaces with slightly […]

Unplug Thoreau-Style: how technology helps us simplify

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 in consumer insights, experience design, technology
Unplug Thoreau-Style: how technology helps us simplify

I loved the article Simply Your Tech Life, Thoreau-Style in last weekend’s WSJ. The author draws parallels between the 20-something Thoreau who was living with his parents and took a few months “off the grid” to reflect on modern society and write. From this experience, we got Walden, filled with “19th-century transcendentalist” musings that the […]

Junior: my 7-year companion

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 in community, experience design, user research
Junior: my 7-year companion

The content of this post would normally be reduced to a pin on my “Products I love”  Pinterest board, but I felt like expanding for design evangelism sake. Many friends have asked me for ergonomic chair advice over the years and here’s what I tell them. I began a thorough search during my 2nd year […]

A greeting card: Happy Birthday!

Posted on Jul 15, 2013 in Blog
A greeting card: Happy Birthday!

A little handmade card upcycling West Elm promo pamphlet sent all the way to the Netherlands to my cousin. Hand drawn typography and paired with a lovely envelope from my local Paper Source. Gefeliciteerd means “Congratulations” in Dutch and is a common birthday message.

Project Checklist: Learn to Sew

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 in Uncategorized
Project Checklist: Learn to Sew

One of my summer goals is to improve my sewing techniques. In Toronto at Christmastime, I bought some beautiful Japanese organic cotton fabric that I turned into a pillow. I couldn’t resist a swath of jet black bamboo fabric that I envisioned as a dress. In New York a few weeks ago, I picked up […]

Review: Life Architecturally takes us on a textural, colorful tour

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 in architecture, Blog, design process
Review: Life Architecturally takes us on a textural, colorful tour

Recently, I attended a great evening event: the rooftop film screening of the documentary, Life Architecturally which follow husband and wife team, architect Robert McBride and interior designer Debbie Ryan. Granted an intimate look at their process, projects and team dynamics, we learned a bit about what inspires them and what challenges they face in their […]

What Makes a Great Tea Shop

Posted on May 31, 2013 in community, design process, experience design, Strategy
What Makes a Great Tea Shop

Recently, the tea shop up the street, the only tea shop of its kind in Austin, closed down its brick and mortar shop and is focusing its efforts online. I was surprised by my own mix of emotions: vexation and a lack of confidence in the owners’ commitment to running a successful tea shop and […]

SXSW’13 Provides Bigger and Busier Offering … and Free Food!

Posted on Apr 1, 2013 in Blog, community, experience design
SXSW’13 Provides Bigger and Busier Offering … and Free Food!

This most recent SXSW proved to be an exciting week, with energy and optimism that was palpable on every street corner. The Interactive Weekend really kicked off with the annual frogdesign opening party, which was touted as a social experiment of sorts. Many major tech brands—such as Google, Blackberry, and Mashable—set up camp and lured visitors with exciting new […]