I got my invite to Medium!

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Blog, Random thoughts | 2 Comments

Medium.com, that is, for you untrendy people out there. Kinda like WordPress in the old days, but with notes instead of comments, a pleasant, uncluttered interface for writing and  a small community (at least for now) so you still feel like you’re being heard. It’s still in beta, so after signing up it’ll be a while […]


Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Blog, Stuff I Made | No Comments

My first foray into physical computing and Arduinos was an art installation. It didn’t work out exactly as planned, as things of this nature are wont to, but I think the end product was interesting. I learned a lot. As Charles Eames said, The details are not the details. They make the design. I made […]

Paypal Examples

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Blog, Random thoughts | No Comments

I’m checking out PayPal’s shipping label service - did you know that through them you can buy shipping labels from USPS or UPS, and get your parcel picked up at the door? – when I noticed the examples they used for names:   Chinese names. Interestingly enough, Xiaoming (小明) is the equivalent of John Doe when […]

A Gift in the Mailbox

Posted by on May 5, 2013 in Blog, Stuff I Made | No Comments

Today my uncle checked the mailbox and found an envelope with my name on it. It was soft, not at all heavy, and came in that familiar shade of brown and blue – Tufts colors, colors that I once found mildly drab and off-putting. I opened it and found an ocean more of blue. Nothing […]

Tufts Class of 2013 Banner

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in Blog, Stuff I Made | No Comments

Dear Class of 2013, When I first saw the class banners of generations past hanging in the Campus Center during freshman orientation, my lips curled. It’s not that the designs are uninspired or the quotations trite. The problem was, they all bore the marks of the tools that made them: MS Paint, PowerPoint WordArt, clip […]

Sketchboards and other UX design processes

Posted by on Aug 29, 2012 in Blog, Design | No Comments

Talk about meta: some user experience (UX) designers conducted user research on other UX designers to find out how they do UX design in practice. In short, they concluded that most UX designers eschewed most bits of canonical user centered design methods in the interest of time. Sad, but not unexpected. The article also unearthed common […]

Article: Designing For Android: Tips And Techniques

Posted by on Aug 1, 2012 in Blog, Design | No Comments

A fairly in-depth article on how to design for Android: http://mobile.smashingmagazine.com/2012/07/26/android-design-tips/

Online Usability Testing!

Posted by on Jul 24, 2012 in Blog, Design | No Comments

I just discovered a suite of online usability tests provided by some company called Optimal Workshop. They offer three different types of tests: Online card sorting: participants generate categories for a list of items. Useful for designing information architecture. Tree testing: see how easy (or difficult) it is for participants to find a topic in your […]

Design for Readability

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Blog, Design | No Comments

Design for Readability – UX Booth | UX Booth. A great article on making more readable and attractive layouts on the web. I’m still not happy with the design of my portfolio website, especially the layout of individual posts, so we’ll see what I can do about it.

Interactive Storytelling

Posted by on Jul 20, 2012 in Blog, Design, Random thoughts | No Comments

I’m a big fan of the Sims, even though I don’t get to play it often enough. I like the way stories evolve out of seemingly banal gameplay, the flexibility of it. So when I discovered the free iPad version, I was on it immediately. Of course, it, being free, came with advertising. It only […]

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