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Diverge
Next Steps for Diverge
I’m wrapping up on the end of year two running Diverge Weekly, a personal writing and newsletter…
December 14, 2021
4 min
An Old Kind of New
For the past few years, I’ve been independent — as a consultant, as a contractor, as an indie…
November 29, 2021
5 min
Renewing Spaces
Every few months, my wife and I change around our apartments configuration. The way this manifests…
November 16, 2021
4 min
Skill Spalling
The skills we develop aren’t permanent. They’re things that develop within a particular context…
November 07, 2021
4 min
Being a Good Amateur
We’re amateurs continuously throughout our lives. For some skills — vital but sporadic skills — we…
October 12, 2021
7 min
Avoiding Kits
I am often “getting started.” Part of the theory of Diverge, to be honest, is being in that frequent…
September 28, 2021
5 min
Homeric Design Strategy
I was one course away from a minor in Classics when I graduated from the University of Toronto. It…
September 13, 2021
5 min
Kitbashing Experience
We’re in a golden age (cue: ominous sound that comes with a loaded word) of prototyping. For most…
August 31, 2021
6 min
Functional Immersion
I’ve fairly recently changed my mind about virtual reality. Much of my sensibility as an interaction…
August 22, 2021
7 min
Visceral Control
One of the pleasures and horrors of modernity is the control of something larger and more powerful…
August 17, 2021
6 min
Peripherals
I’ve had a long term obsession with peripherals. Peripherals are objects (usually interaction…
August 08, 2021
5 min
Zombie Nonprofits
This is a republish of an article written with Dahna Goldstein for the Chronicle of Philanthropy. A…
July 11, 2021
7 min
Legibility in Design
Design is a weird drug, and at least in the software world, we’re collectively high. Since I got…
May 09, 2021
4 min
Hidden in the Shallows
The zombie genre is a compelling lens on the world despite its bleak premise. The dead rise and…
May 02, 2021
3 min
Memory Toolkits
Sometime earlier this year, I think I had reached a personal threshold for managing information…
April 19, 2021
5 min
Wearing Technology
We adorn ourselves in technology. Whether it's the shrunken screens of today's smartwatches or the…
April 11, 2021
5 min
War against Stagnation
The practice of design has fragmented and spread in so many different directions that it can be hard…
March 28, 2021
4 min
Reflexive Reflective
Building a research practice is intimidating. You’re basically embarking on a path of creating a…
February 28, 2021
5 min
Sponge Cycles
We all operate on cycles. Circadian, seasonal, fiscal, and academic — oscillating across frequencies…
February 01, 2021
7 min
Speculative Surplus
Whenever we see modern militaries, we’re witnessing industrialized production and movement of things…
January 25, 2021
9 min
Platform Insurrection
The past few years have been a conversation about power like I’ve never seen before. When Black…
January 12, 2021
7 min
Reflecting on 2020
Well, that was a year. My family and I were more fortunate than most, but not as fortunate as some…
December 31, 2020
10 min
Reflecting on 2019
2019 has been a weird combination of my most exhausting, fulfilling, chaotic, and structured year to…
December 30, 2019
11 min
HMW How Might We?
If you’ve ever worked with a designer facilitating a workshop, or a supplicant of design thinking…
May 15, 2018
4 min
Benadryl and Parachord
With some luck and a generous vacation policy at my work, I was finally able to do a Wilderness…
February 03, 2018
3 min
Bureaucratic Mysteries
These tools were taught as a workshop to the first   Code for Canada fellowship   team in November…
February 01, 2018
11 min
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