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A selection of articles, essays, and thoughts written over the past decade.

On Learning Software at Design School

How and where should we teach software to students?

How To Make Tea

Thoughts that might not be about making tea.

The Triumph and the Tragedy of Mise-En-Place

When too much getting ready is too much.

An Inside Walk

An essay that is not actually about losing weight.

Handwriting, Impatience and a Slow Death

I have a nice pen. And it doesn't matter one bit.

Why Not?

Why ask why, when you can ask: why not?

On Enlightenment

Reflecting on those moments in design school where something wonderful happens.


Manifestos and the personal nature of design.


Let's start calling feel-good feedback what it really is.

The Best & Worst Things About Graphic Design

My students answer this question with some interesting insights.

Delightful Confusion

Why we should embrace and be delighted by confusion instead of running from it.

A Learning Pedagogy

How can we more strongly consider how and what we learn?

On Post-Technical Design

How can we synthesize learning the computer and the ideas of design?

The Trouble With Kerning

Are we paying attention to the right things in design?

The Long Lesson

How are we teaching design—for the short term or the long term?

A Grading Paradox

The two sides of evaluating and grading design students.

The Friction App

Maybe the problem with easy is that it's too easy.

We‘re Off to See the Wizard

Why new technology might scare some designers.

Graphic Design Music Video

How music video is an interesting form of graphic design.

Your Own Personal Cubism

Thoughts on making.

The Dance

Why you should use a computer, and why you shouldn’t.

Formally Concerned

Are designers afraid of form?

Whiter Beige?

On fads and becoming generic.

The Color of Laziness

Thoughts on authenticity in design.

An Aura of Aggression

On aggression in design.

Fireman / Fireman

There is a difference between teaching and art directing.

A Letter to Myself

How to be a critic, a maker, and an educator.

A Design Education Manifesto

How to approach getting a design education.

Hero Worship

Nobody can tell you who your heroes are.

Why I Was Angry Paul Rand

A story about a Twitter project.

The Best Cup of Coffee

The comfort of the familiar.

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