In-House vs Hired Gun: Two Paths to Career Success

Posted by on Jan 2, 2017 in Uncategorized | No Comments

  Over my career, I’ve bounced from in-house designer to hired gun a number of times. And frankly, I wouldn’t have it any other way. In fact, I’d suggest that every designer should try both sides of the fence before settling where they’re most fulfilled because each field forces you to focus on different, but ...

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Fixing Music Services–By Making Them Harder

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Design, Strategy | One Comment

As you might remember, I was pretty bullish on the prospects of Apple Music prior to its launch. I specifically called out discoverability as a key feature that would improve not only the way we listened to music, but the way artists created it as well. Obviously, that didn’t happen. Living with Apple Music for ...

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Can Apple Music Change the World?

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in News, Strategy | One Comment

As a musician, I have some strong feelings about music, its impact and its consumption. As a professional technology-adict, I have some thoughts about how music works now and where it should go in the future. These ideals and theories are, unfortunately, often in conflict. I really, really want music on technology to succeed—in a ...

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Technology and Health: Brainstorming Solutions

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Strategy | No Comments

As I mentioned in my last post, technology hasn’t quite figured out how to help make people healthier yet. It seems like everyone is approaching it from one of two directions: on one side, activity trackers are providing mountains of information, but no without providing guidance on what you’re supposed to do with it, on ...

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Technology and Health: The Problem

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Strategy | One Comment

After years of helping people save money, meet people, get places, search for things, find things, learn things and just about a million other tasks, technology has recently begun getting serious about health. Smart scales, step counters, heart monitors, sleep trackers…there’s a big push to figure out how technology can make us all happier, healthier ...

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The Real Problem With Wearables

Posted by on Mar 22, 2015 in Design | No Comments

I’ve already gone on the record by stating that the Apple Watch is not targeting me as a user. Which is totally fine and in no way a prediction that it will be a failure. Personally, I think Apple has so consistently delivered hits that many people will give them the benefit of the doubt ...

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Why HBO Doesn’t Need to “Beat” Netflix

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in News, Strategy | No Comments

Lost a bit among the announcement of overhauled MacBook and the Apple Watch, HBO took the stage at the Apple Spring event to detail a stand-alone subscription service (HBO NOW), that will allow viewers to watch the network without a cable subscription. It’s not as shiny as $17,000 golden Jony Ive creation, but I’d argue ...

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Why the Apple Watch Makes Me Question My Experiences

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in News | One Comment

I’m not going to make a prediction about the success (or failure) of the newly announced Apple Watch. Plenty of far more experienced prognosticators have already published their opinions and there isn’t much I can add to that debate. My reaction after hearing Apple’s pitch, was mostly surprise—that either they don’t understand how people use technology (unlikely) or ...

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UX-ing Your Relationships

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Strategy | No Comments

Last week I switched jobs and moved from a large, established financial organization to a young, enthusiastic tech company. While there’ve been a lot of changes to deal with (wait—I DON’T have to wear a suit everyday??? And the coffee is how much??? FREE?!?! WHAT SORCERY IS THIS???), I felt confident that my day-to-day responsibilities ...

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What’s Next for Nintendo?

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in News, Strategy | No Comments

I think everyone from my generation has a deep fondness and nostalgia for Nintendo. It’s a company that brought video games into the mainstream, into our homes and into our hearts. Is there anyone born between 1970 and 1985 that doesn’t have fond memories of hours spent playing Mike Tyson’s Punch Out, Super Mario Brothers, ...

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