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CommArts Profile: Randal Ford

Another great assignment from Communication Arts Magazine : Austin-based photographer Randal Ford. Last summer, I spent the day with him as he shot the last twelve portraits for his upcoming … Continue reading

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Studio Profile: Canales & Co.

So happy to share my latest profile for Communication Arts Magazine about the Austin-based design & branding studio, Canales & Co. I was thrilled to spend some time with owners … Continue reading

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Fresh Research: the Latest in Digital Wayfinding

Thanks to a grant from the Sign Research Foundation, I traveled to Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, and New York to visit ground-breaking digital wayfinding tools in museums, hospitals, airports, and transit … Continue reading

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How to Manage a Wayfinding System: Tips from Healthcare Leaders

How do some of the largest and most respected healthcare institutions manage their wayfinding systems? It takes people, processes and tools to keep up with the ever-changing content in these … Continue reading

November 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Wayfinding Wayback Machine

For a new business pitch in 2007, I was asked to predict some future wayfinding trends for the year 2015 and I just rediscovered the presentation in my archives. So, … Continue reading

January 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Partners and Projects

I often work on larger project teams driven by experiential graphic design firms, UX consultants or research groups. I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with: Citizen Research & Design, New … Continue reading

December 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Design Museum, Redesigned

Every day, visitors to the Cooper Hewitt make off with about 30 artifacts each, plucked from the glass cases and archives of the nation’s design museum. From teapots to laptops, … Continue reading

December 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ting and the Art of Performance Exhibition

How do you put “technology” and “democracy” together in a museum? First published in volume 14 of eg, the Experiential Graphics Magazine, a publication of the SEGD, this article explores … Continue reading

December 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Exploring Eldheimar: Her Home or Our Museum?

This article first appeared in volume 14 of eg, the Experiential Graphics Magazine, a publication of the SEGD. Design firm Gagarin won a 2015 Honor Award for their innovative exhibits. Read … Continue reading

November 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

TBT: A Hard Look at Software from 1992

The first time I saw my name in print was in 1992, when I worked as the “desktop publishing specialist” for Technology Research Group, a small semiconductor and software consulting … Continue reading

August 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Profile of Bruce Mau Design for Communication Arts

After a frosty visit to their Toronto studio in February, I wrote a profile of Bruce Mau Design for Communication Arts. To re-imagine a firm without its charismatic leader has … Continue reading

August 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

A New Edition of a Classic EGD Guide

Congratulations to Chris Calori and David Vanden-Eynden on the publication of the new edition of Signage and Wayfinding Design, their comprehensive guide to environmental graphics. I was very happy to … Continue reading

July 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Wayfinding and the Internet of Place

This article first appeared in volume 12 of eg, the Experiential Graphics Magazine, a publication of the SEGD. Read the PDF version eg12_Internet_Place. “You are here.” The blue dot in … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

13 Best Quotes from the 5 Best Talks at SXSW 2015

before the chaos began… From Curious Bridges: How Designers Grow the Future Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, The Museum of Modern Art “I love the contamination of disciplines, like performance architecture … Continue reading

March 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Signs, Screens, and Swerving

“Are better signs the secret to a successful city?” That’s the question Steven Poole poses in The Guardian’s Resilient Cities series. As he ambles toward an answer, Poole explores Legible … Continue reading

September 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Remembering Fred Schwartz, designer of NJ 9/11 Memorial

In 2011, I had the honor of touring the nearly-finished NJ 9/11 memorial with its designer, Fred Schwartz. He died of prostate cancer on April 28th. On a crisp September … Continue reading

May 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Sensors are Coming!

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 launches next week, but some sly engineers at Chipworx have already dissected one to find the first dedicated heart monitor to be embedded in a handset. (Apple … Continue reading

April 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

SXSW 2014—Tech+Art: Digital Innovation in the Art World

As part of SXSW Interactive’s Future 15 sessions, I presented a challenge to my colleagues: Reinvent the Art Museum: a playful and captivating experience for all. Here’s a annotated version … Continue reading

March 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Google’s Next Impossible Goal: Project Tango

On Thursday, Google unveiled Project Tango, the next in the company’s series of inconceivable, unimaginable, unattainable pursuits. And just like searching every website, mapping the earth, and driving every street … Continue reading

February 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Art + Tech = Art Nouveau

The Cleveland Museum of Art uses digital experiences to reach out to new audiences. Video used with permission by Local Projects Please read my upcoming article for eg magazine on … Continue reading

July 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

SXSW Interactive 2013 in pictures (and a few words)

More than 30,000 people attended SXSW Interactive this year, so I’m sure it was one of the most documented human experiences to date. All of the themes have been codified … Continue reading

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Top 10 Quotes from SXSW Interactive 2012

Declarations made at SXSWi, to be recited with aplomb in relevant conversations… 1. “Oil paints were the retinal displays of the Renaissance.” Jeff Wilson, artist and frog. 2. “The internet … Continue reading

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SXSW 2012 Interactive Recap

We moved to Austin in March 1994, right after SXSW. That was the first year that the festival expanded beyond music with the “SXSW Film and Multimedia Conference.” Starting in … Continue reading

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