Prototype for yourself – context is everything

It’s common for designers to create prototypes to put their designs in front of other team members, stakeholders, and hopefully their users as well. Those purposes are excellent uses of prototypes in the deign process, but I also wanted to touch on the notion of prototyping for yourself. Why create a prototype for yourself? Right now, you might be saying, “I’ve been designing for years and I know what I’m designing is the right direction. I’m using design patterns and adhering to guidelines, it will work.” Well, there are plenty of times where taking that approach will actually yield good or great results, but there are also many times where… Read More

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Things I have learned to become a better designer

A friend of mine recently asked for some UX design resources from myself and a few other great designers. Of course, I have some go-to podcasts that I listen to, some thought leaders that I follow, and my go to websites and books that I can reference. They are all great and can be very valuable, I advise to utilize all of those things as one tries to improve their design skills, be it UX, UI, Industrial, Product, etc. On top of those UX design resources, I too have learned a lot in my many years in the field and multiple disciplines within design. I shared these ideas with her,… Read More

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UI vs. UX Design meme problem

If you’re in the design and tech world, you have probably seen these memes passed around the internet attempting to explain the difference between UI Design (User Interface) vs. UX Design (User Experience). Or perhaps you have seen the ketchup bottle one floating around lately. THEY ARE BOTH INCORRECT! This is not how you explain the differences between UI and UX or Design vs. User Experience. If we are going to use walkways or ketchup bottles as a means to explain UI vs. UX, then let’s look at it more like this: Both ketchup bottles are UI’s (User Interfaces). They both are the interface in which the user will engage… Read More

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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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