Thursday, June 16th

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tags: cities. urban. research. studio. design.
Border Town: Border Town Participants

I’ll be taking part in the Border Town studio project this summer. Very much looking forward to working with this group.


We are delighted to announce our Border Town design studio participants. Over the next 10 weeks this group will be getting together to think about and then make work that addresses the architectural and design problems that we find in cities built on or divided by borders and conflict zones.

Saturday, June 4th

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tags: cities. city. design. jogging. running. toronto.

I’ve started up a new project, with the first event happening today and subsequent runs happening every two weeks.

City Lenses is a group that reads books about the city and then runs through it. The vision of the city while running is unique: closer and more intimate than via vehicle, your perspectives altered by endorphins and focus-driven seclusion. Our goal is to use this particular lens as a starting point for the critical exploration of our urban environment.

Links to the fb event and info will be on CityLens.es, and if things pan out, I hope to take what I’ve learned from this summer and write up a framework/course list for others to apply.

Hope to see you on the run!

Friday, March 4th

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tags: design. apple. jobs. veneer. ddimit. kmdi.
Since you can't outsource your soul, you can't outsource your design

This is dead on why as an Interaction Designer, I’m hell bent on understanding architecture, electronics, industrial design, service design, business design, software architecture, information design, psychology, and literally everything I can get my hands on.

Matt Ratto made a really good observation at a NormativeDesign talk a little while ago, considering the longevity of different parts of a house. A structure my stand for decades or centuries. But its component parts: exterior, paint, appliances, furniture, electrical infrastructure, and now things like network infrastructure; all these things are subject to change at substantially smaller intervals. In short, a structure should be considered a fixed object containing layers with different natural lifespans to be replaced and updated at those fixed times.

By limiting yourself to a “veneer” perspective, or the idea that design is just for prettying something up, means that your relevance is as fleeting as lifetime of your veneers lifespan, which is always the shortest. Never look down on the interface, the graphics, the logo, the iconography, or the veneer, but you can’t ignore the other aspects and still be doing design.

Give the post below a read, it’s worth the look.


Earlier this week, i reblogged a Steve Jobs quote that was lighting up on Tumblr with well over 200 notes. Here’s the quote:

In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer. It’s interior decorating. It’s the fabric of the curtains of the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the…

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