Hello

I am passionate about many things. Some of which include photography, motorcycles, design and discovering craftsmanship.

Some of the projects I have documented here: Kawasaki KLR 650 Rebuild.

Monday, Feb. 27th

I've had the trailer for Planet of the Apps sitting in my blog CMS, unpublished, since the day it was announced and released. Honestly, I'm just not sure how to respond. I guess, I need to understand that its audience is not designers and developers involved with the App Store™, but more so perhaps fans of reality television.

It does feel like it dehumanizes App developers and designers. It does feel like it makes a mockery of the process of creating an app. For me, I would have preferred a multi-part documentary style series similar to Indie Game: The Movie. But that's just like, my opinion man.

I don't think I'm alone in this opinion. Bonus.

Saturday, Feb. 18th

It would be interesting to chronologically (or reverse chronologically) watch all the of the Best Cinematography Oscar winners over a period of time. Watching the medium change, evolve and become what it is today would be fascinating.

Even watching this youtube compilation, it's very interesting to see how much the technology of cinema changes in the last twenty years.

Thursday, Feb. 16th

I'm excited that they moved it to San Jose. The logistics and extra costs associated with it just being in San Francisco was always cost prohibitive for me.

The irony is, now that I have more time after going freelance I have more time for ideas (many that include the iOS or Mac App store), except that I no longer have reliable discretionary income. It's going to be a big expense regardless. I hope this year I can figure it out.

Tuesday, Feb. 14th

While I was initially pretty excited when I got my original Apple Watch, it quickly became apparent that it would not be accurate enough for me to use in any running races.

Unfortunately, looking at this video, it doesn't look like things have changed with the Apple Watch 2. If Apple (and Nike for that matter) want to be serious about running this will need to be drastically improved. Taking over a minute for "live" pacing to update makes it unusable.

Getting my marathon PR at St. George required absolute trust in the data my Garmin Fenix 3 was displaying. I would not have been able to get a 3:49:59 running with a watch as inaccurate as the Apple Watch 2 is in the video above.

Related: the night before the Apple Watch 2 was released, I wrote down some thoughts on the Apple Watch and the Garmin Fenix 3.

Tuesday, Feb. 14th

Sage advice from an incredibly well established ultra-runner. It makes me realize that my pack for more remote trail runs might be more deficient than I thought.

Wednesday, Feb. 8th

Another gorgeous typeface from a company that continues to put out great work.

Designed for diversity instead of homogeneity, Ringside brings to the modern superfamily some of the charming individuality of the potluck sans serif.

Hoefler & Co's description positions Ringside as a body copy typeface similar in tone and nature to Knockout.

Personally, I'm excited for any excuse to use this typeface (I'm still looking for the perfect project to use Mallory). My first-hand experience with Hoefler & Co's cloud.typography service was fantastic. The service delivers Gotham Rounded to the YouMap marketing site that was designed and developed while I was at Rally.

Tuesday, Feb. 7th

I'll be sure to catch this when it comes out. There's some seriously big names in here, and frankly, I've watched Helvetica too many times.

Tuesday, Feb. 7th

I’ve left my job, which is a shame, because it was a good job. Nevertheless, I feel that my calling is in…

Monday, Nov. 7th

I love podcasts. I listen to a lot. My podcast player, Overcast, says that I have saved over 70 hours from Smart Speed alone. Here's a bunch of my favorite technology, design, development, running and fly fishing podcasts.

Wednesday, Sept. 7th

Tuesday, Aug. 9th

Milton glaser reviews Olympic logos throughout the years. My favorite scathing criticism is of London – Summer Olympics 1948. Milton claims: "This logo reveals that not all images will work together. The rings and parliament remain unrelated. The typography is sad."

I've always had a strong affinity towards Tokyo Summer 1964 by Yusaku Kamekura and Mexico Summer 1968 by Lance Wyman.

Friday, Aug. 5th

It's amazing how much a city can change over time. Keep your eyes peeled for the "Cut Rate Drugs" sign.

Monday, Aug. 1st

Even if you don't fly fish, I find it hard to believe you wouldn't enjoy this almost 8 minute short film.

Thursday, July 14th

New MasterCard logo by Pentagram and Bierut

"Every day clients want to know what will it take to be the Nike swoosh," Bierut says. "They think that these logos are born like this on day one and of course they’re not. For any company that achieves that, it’s because they’ve made a long investment in the use of primary elements. The reason those things are rare is that it’s so easy and tempting to get bored and say, 'We’ve had it for five years it’s boring; let's change it.'"

Monday, May 23rd

This PDF put out by NASA is an interesting read about the legibility and illegibility of certain typefaces and some of NASA's findings with typography.

Wednesday, April 20th

Friday, April 15th

There were many design challenges and learning opportunities I experienced during this process, not all of which took place in Photoshop.

Friday, April 15th

Friday, April 15th

Friday, April 15th

Thursday, March 31st

Possible future comparison of New Zealand's flag in emoji

I love flags. They're really interesting. I even had the opportunity, through working at Rally, to create pixel perfect images for each flag in the National Geographic iOS App.

What's even more interesting is the possibility of a major country changing its flag in the modern era and seeing even small ramifications of that in… emoji.

Sunday, March 13th

I hate to have two posts in a row linking to Bjango, but I sadly don't update my blog often enough and Marc Edwards continues to bring thought and insight that's well worth sharing.

Tuesday, Feb. 2nd

Marc Edwards continues to make great tools for the design community. From preview tools, writing on design, photoshop actions to an upcoming design application he has been a mainstay in the interactive design world. A resource that I find myself continually referencing. Now, Marc has come out with some really great icon templates.

There has been some imprecise tools here and there, but nothing that one could continually rely on to have the correct and latest sizes. I hope this set Marc has just released will fill this need.

Friday, Jan. 29th

I always enjoy reading breakdowns of typography. Seeing what works with a typeface, what doesn't work and the reasoning behind certain decisions is eye opening. There's a lot of smart details with the San Francisco typeface, that I think many don't notice.

Tuesday, Jan. 12th

"Swiss in CSS is a homage to the International Typographic Style and the designers that pioneered the ideas behind the influential design movement."