Pittsburgh

    Pittsburgh is a wonderful place

    Pittsburgh is and always will be my home city. I'm back for an long trip over the holidays and in between some east coast conferences, and it's been a wonderful trip. The grey skies and wintry weather are a welcome break from the monotony of LA sunshine (it's nice but...not for me). Here's what I've been up to.

    in Inspiration, Pittsburgh, Thoughts.

    Start your own Show-n-Tell

    Every first Friday at Catapult, we do an informal Show-n-Tell where four people or organizations give a 10ish minute presentation about what they do. Sort of like lightning TED talks, it’s a wonderful way to find out about smaller, under-the-radar projects in your community or to […]

    in Pittsburgh.

    Pittsburgh Web Design Day 2012

    Just got back from Web Design Day, hosted by Refresh Pittsburgh, Pgh's web design meetup group. After a day of excellent presentations by some excellent speakers, excellent drinks and snacks were had at Commonwealth Press for the after party. #WDD2012 win, I'm definitely looking forward to next year. Thanks to Val and Jason Head for all their hard work. Anyways, here are some disjointed notes from a few of the presentations (there were other very good ones I didn't have notes on, so sorry): Kevin Hoffman: Designing Meetings to Work For How much information does a person retain when: Listening - 20% Seeing - 30% Discussing - 70% Making & Managing - 90% In large meetings, designate people for these four roles: Facilitator: a neutral person, listens to group member ideas and does not add their own. Recorder: Someone to capture ideas publicly, a graphic facilitator. White board it up. Group Member: Everyone else, those contributing the ideas. Leader: A person to decide why you are having the meeting, its goals, and the outcome. Assumes the role of a Group Member during said meeting. Collaborative Deliverables: Why not wireframe as a group? Print out a large version of what is being redesigned and mark it up together. Have a group sketching session. Meagan Fisher: Becoming a Web Design Champion: How to Better Collaborate, Develop Your Style, and Get Designs Launched Vary your sources of inspiration - if you are making a website, don't just look at websites. Go to a museum or read a graphic design book.

    in Design, Pittsburgh.

    The Saxifrage School

    From their website: The Saxifrage School is redesigning higher education by lowering costs, re-thinking the campus, and reconciling theory and practice. We teach students to make what is valuable and to question the value of what is made. Watch this: One of the most inspiring projects […]

    in Inspiration, Pittsburgh.