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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

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

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

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

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

March 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

April 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

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

April 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Highlights from CES 2012

Colleague Tom Mulally of Numagic Consulting endured the leviathan of technology trade shows and gives us the highlights on mobile OS, the latest touchscreens, and tablet installations.

February 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

An app for xlab

Wrote a short blurb for the TwoTwelve blog on our experience designing and building an app for the segd xlab conference which took place in November, 2011. Thanks to Two … Continue reading

January 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

Mapping and Navigating the Great Indoors

One of the most popular topics at last year’s xlab: the Design of Location was what I like to call “the final frontier” of digital navigation: indoors. Google Maps has … Continue reading

January 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

Highlights from NY Tech Meetup

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the NY Tech Meetup and saw some very cool new web and mobile services that you might want to check out. (NY … Continue reading

July 6, 2011 · Leave a comment

More on Shakespear’s Portraits

Nice mention about Shakespear’s forthcoming book on Icograda today.

June 28, 2011 · Leave a comment

Words from Where 2.0

A couple of busy weeks ago, I participated in O’Reilly’s Where 2.0 conference in Santa Clara. In 2009, I attended the same conference and wrote about it here and there. … Continue reading

May 4, 2011 · Leave a comment

Shakespear’s Portraits

Great artists are blind to the traditional borders of creative endeavor. They don’t yield to the exclusive canon built up over generations by a craft’s practitioners. Instead, they follow their … Continue reading

April 20, 2011 · Leave a comment

Should I Build an App or a Mobile Website?

At the SEGD workshop a few weeks ago, I was asked how one should determine whether to build a downloadable app for smartphones and tablets or a mobile-optimized website that … Continue reading

March 11, 2011 · 1 Comment

Workshop in the Windy City

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of participating in the SEGD‘s Identity, Brand, and Experience Design Workshop in Chicago. I gave a short talk on “Technology in the Wild” — … Continue reading

March 1, 2011 · Leave a comment

Floating through the Uffizi in Google Art Project

Perhaps it is because the first website I ever visited (June, 1994) was The Louvre. Or maybe it is because I wrote my undergraduate thesis on “Contemporary Additions to Beaux … Continue reading

February 2, 2011 · Leave a comment

Masdar: Critiquing the Critic’s Notebook

  Outside the construction trailers in Masdar, April 2009 and today, from the New York Times slideshow In April of 2009, fd2s was shortlisted to provide wayfinding strategy and design … Continue reading

October 3, 2010 · Leave a comment