Life/Work Updates

It’s been a while since I’ve last blogged here, for good reason. As most of you probably know, I recently completed the Iconic Kickstarter campaign with my two partners at Waybury. This has predictably sucked up all of my time and will continue to do so for the next few months. The good thing is that it’s definitely worth it and we’re going to have one hell of a final product to share with the world.

However, that means that this blog will be a little light on the updates (translation: no updates) until early 2014. That said, I am still very busy blogging at the Iconic Blog which I highly recommend that you subscribe to. Since I’m going to be 100% on Iconic, that means all other projects (e.g., Frank) are on hold. That said, I put quite a lot of time into Frank prior to Iconic and should have a lot to talk about in Spring 2014.

Until then, I hope to see you on the Iconic Blog!

Everything is a Prototype

Designers spend their entire day prototyping, they just don’t know it. The things designers create are more than a deliverable or an artifact, they are a learning opportunity to make the work better.

Interaction design is quickly changing. Code is becoming a design medium which has made prototyping a more common design process. This is a step in the right direction, but is missing the point. Prototyping is not a step that designers check off the list. It’s *what designers do*. Everything designed is a prototype. Continue reading “Everything is a Prototype”

Frank 0.9.2 Released

It’s been a long time coming, but the next version of Frank has been released. This is a significant update and is intended to set the stage for the foreseeable future releases. Perhaps the biggest change is the Frank project repo now only contains the main parent theme. Frank for Some Random Dude, its child theme, now exists at github.com/somerandomdude/frank-somerandomdude. This may cause some initial confusion, but it will make everyone’s lives better in the long-term. Continue reading “Frank 0.9.2 Released”

The Status Update Needs an Open Standard

Twitter’s recent API shenanigans have been exhaustively documented. Like it or not, Twitter is making a business decision and there is little that anyone can do about it. App.net has made a play to provide a clear alternative. Full disclosure, I am a paying member of App.net. I think they are providing a valuable service and I am pulling for them to succeed. With that said, I do not think App.net (or any closed service) is the solution to the problem. Continue reading “The Status Update Needs an Open Standard”

Iconic and Cue on The Noun Project

I am happy to announce that Iconic and Cue have been added as featured collections of The Noun Project. It has been my goal to transition these sets from a personal project to a public resource. Moving Iconic to Github was a step in the right direction, but Github is not exactly a designer’s resource. The Noun Project will get these icons to more designers. Continue reading “Iconic and Cue on The Noun Project”

Introducing Frank

It has been a long time coming. The WordPress theme running this site, which I have named Frank, is now officially available to use. The theme has been available for some time now, but it was not up to snuff for public use. However, I made serious push in the last two weeks and I feel confident it’s ready to go. This release is a big milestone because it signifies making good on a promise I made over 3 years ago to release all work for this site as open source. That promise brought about projects like Iconic, Cue, Off Franklin and coordy. The biggest project however, and the one I am most happy to give away, is the actual site I use to publish my work. Continue reading “Introducing Frank”

Some Random Dude is Now (More) Responsive

In the past two weeks, I was able to update this site (and more importantly, the open source theme behind it) to have a responsive layout. This was the last big hurdle for me to get a final-ish version of the theme out the door.

There are still small issues that need to be addressed, but this was the big one. The next goal is to get a project page up along with some simple starting guides, take a breath and see where the project goes from there. My current site is still imperfect, but I consider it to be a good reflection of how I view responsive web design. As I mentioned in an recently, responsive web design goes beyond a responsive layout. Our designs need to address limited bandwidth and processing power associated with mobile devices.

My hope is this theme will continue to improve so that it can provide a viable option for bloggers who provide a fast, reading-centric experience for their visitors. Due to my limited schedule however, I need to rely on the community to help me push this project forward. If you have enjoyed this site and/or you would like to use this theme, I encourage you to do so. I also encourage you to help make it better for everyone else. So please, fork this theme and get in touch with me if you are interesting in contributing.

Plone Conference Presentation

I wanted to share the deck from the presentation I gave last week at Plone Conference 2011. I had a wonderful time giving it — the conference organizers were great along with the audience being warm and welcoming. Some really good conversations came out after the talk. I wish I could have stayed there for another two hours just listening and sharing with the crowd. Continue reading “Plone Conference Presentation”

The Guardian Opens Up Their News Cycle

About a year ago, I wrote about the state of online content publishing and how we need to expand our definition of sharing around our content. Most of the article revolved around what happened after a piece of content was published and how a piece of content could collaboratively grow over time. After I finished that article, I began to execute some ideas in this space, most notably experimenting with opening the writing/editorial process to the public prior to publishing (see example). I tried this three separate times and they were far more successful than I imagined they would be. I had planned to write more about this idea at some point in the future, but time has been in short supply. Continue reading “The Guardian Opens Up Their News Cycle”