The Practice of Prototyping – 3 Part Series

I just wrote an article about the practice of prototyping for interactive and UX design. I go into a lot of introductory concepts and fundamentals to some more in-depth information about purpose, process, tools and take aways. It turned into quite a bit of information, so we broke it up into a three-part series. You can view the post at the Tack Mobile Blog. The Practice of Prototyping Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

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Thank You For Your Support!

I wanted to sincerely thank everyone who attended the Animashup art show held Jan 16th at Bear Creek Distillery. I seriously couldn’t ask for a better turn out. I am so grateful to have so many great people in my life and to have met so many great new people. This was my first solo art show and it really could not have been such a success without the community. The community helped contribute the ideas of the Animashup creatures and came out and really made the art opening a truly special experience for me. And thank you to everyone who helped share the event and spread the word over… Read More

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Animashup Art Exhibition Jan 16th at Bear Creek Distillery

It’s official! My art show featuring the Animashup series will be held Friday, January 16, 2015 at Bear Creek Distillery. I’m so excited for this show! The response to this series has been overwhelming and I cannot thank everyone enough for helping contribute their ideas and imagination to come up with these mixed-up creatures. Now you can come and see all 30 of them, plus the limited edition pet-mashups and I will also reveal some brand new illustrations. All of the original illustrations will be for sale and I have conducted a survey to choose which ones to make prints of, so there will be prints for sale of the top favorites… Read More

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Korg Nano Kontrol 2 MIDI for Serato Scratch

Alright, like many of us Serato users, you don’t just have $2,000 to drop on a new Rane Sixty Two mixer. Why do you want one anyways – you can read up on that below and many other areas on the internet. I want to get to the point of this post. So, where does this Korg Nano Kontrol2 come in? Well, even Serato Scratch allows for MIDI assignments and customization. So, if you have a mixer that does not have any cue point , loop, SP6, FX controls, you can still use another device to manage those features remotely. I had a Rane TTM56 and a Serato SL1 interface.… Read More

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SSD (Solid State Drive) vs. HD performance with Rane Serato

I just installed a SSD into a MacBook Pro 15″ (non-retina). Based on reviews and specs, SSD’s are significantly faster than traditional hard drives with platters inside. This applies for boot-up time, application start up times and saving/reading data. I wanted to compare an SSD to a traditional HD and run a performance comparison test. I’m going to preface this post with a note that this test is slightly skewed due to the fact that the two computers for this comparison are not exactly identical, nor are they running the same version of OS X. But I was trying to be resourceful with the equipment that I had and at… Read More

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Migrate from Mac OS X 10.7 Snow Leopard to 10.8 Lion

I just had to migrate a machine running OS X Snow Leopard 10.7.x to a new machine running OS X Lion 10.8.x. (don’t judge me with the delayed upgrade, I run a bunch of audio production apps which are really sensitive to OS upgrades and my other laptops have been running Lion) I had read through several posts across the web discussing the best options for this, everything from people having issues & problems, manually transferring data, using Data Migration Assistant to using Setup Assistant and selectively transferring data and items. I have used Migration Assistant plenty of times before from previous hard drive upgrades I have performed on my… Read More

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BordoBello Art Show 2012 – My Art Piece: Octopush

This will be my second year having a piece in the Annual BordoBello Art Show in Denver, CO. This year will mark BordoBello’s 5th year helping the arts community by raising funds that will go to AIGA Colorado’s mentorship opportunity. The event brings together talented artists and designers as they create works of art on skateboard decks that will be auctioned off at the event held Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Denver’s Redline Gallery (Located near 23rd & Arapahoe). Some pieces will be selcted to be auctioned online as well. This year they have offered up various styles of skateboard decks, from the modern popsicle stick style, the oldie cruiser sidewalk… Read More

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Make It Rain Skateboard deck to support CO Wildfire Relief

The wildfires are devastating parts of Colorado, including forests, wildlife, but most importantly, communities and houses that people have called their home. This is an incident that even if it was nature created or man-created, it causes tragedy not only today, but for many years to come. Many families have been displaced and had to evacuate their homes to escape the rampant fires. I can’t imagine losing a home to a fire. And unfortunately, some have lost their own lives, which can never be replaced. To help support the relief efforts for the thousands of victims of these recent wildfires, I have partnered with BC Surf & Sport to help… Read More

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Do designers need to know how to code?

Do designers need to know how to code? (there are many fields of design and this post relates more towards interaction/UI/UX design) This question seems to be getting a lot of exposure and traction in the pipes lately from blog posts, user groups, UX resources and I have already provided my 2 cents on some LinkedIn discussions regarding this. And I was surprised to see some of the responses, which I’m sure this blog post and my perspective will trigger some interesting comments as well. It’s definitely an interesting question and can make you think quite a bit about an answer. Especially if you are a designer who has some… Read More

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