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I write about design, research, and society.

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    This week's essay

    Learning with Pressure, Time, and Surface Area
    Since moving to Copenhagen, one of the things I’ve been experimenting with has been how to learn…
    October 20, 2021
    7 min
    Book ReviewView More
    Soul Wars
    Sometime earlier this year, while hunting around for absolutely fluffy things to read (or listen to…
    October 17, 2021
    2 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
    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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