Friday, May 21, 2010

The Bull

Taking the bull by the horns will quickly reveal your most likely outcome.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Doing it in 'Adobe'

Adobe is a corporation. Adobe is a building material. Adobe is not a product. When someone tells you "I tried to do it in Adobe" you know you're dealing with a person of limitations (who likely draws a government paycheck) -- unless "it" is a mud-brick structure or a change to corporate policy.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Are white lies and bald facts similar in that both have an aversion to direct sunlight?

Friday, May 14, 2010


You don't win an argument (or a debate - or a pitch, for that matter) by being insistent or unpleasant until your opponent (antagonist, dance partner) gets disgusted with the whole thing and leaves. It's not a last-man-standing battle for territory. You win by convincing the other party to share or at least accept the validity of your position.

In the marketplace of ideas, someone has to be interested in what you have to offer. You can't bully them into buying it.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A little at a time

Everything is incremental.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


My paper and presentation - the SALT conference alternate speaker thing - follows the following abstract. Or vice versa,

Use and Usability - Design Philosophy for the Real World
Abstract: Across the realms of multimedia production, information design, web development, and usability, certain truisms are apparent. Like The Art of War or The Elements of Style, the basics of good design philosophy can be delivered simply and briefly. Topics examined include: taking the user's point of view in user-centered design; do you need a use case or a target audience?; collaboration - synergy or too many cooks; the importance of honesty in design; and, foreseeing the pitfalls created by organizational thinking.

Monday, May 3, 2010

More is less

Beware of confusing 'information' with 'inflammation.' Don't let your content get swollen.