Getting a grip on my digital life

I’m too closely intwined with my digital life. I have a problem. At times it holds my attention more than my real life, and some days it’s hard to tell the two apart. Technology has been wonderful for me. As a teenager, with unknown prospects for where I could take my life and career, technology […]

My illustration process

Recently I did an illustration for Jonathan Wold for an article he wrote on his site. In this post I wanted to share a bit of the process, and hopefully inspire others with how messy it can be to get from the beginning to the end. We’ve worked together quite a bit in the past […]

My current setup, 2019 edition

For traveling If I’m working at a coffee shop for the day (I like to do that 1-2 days/week, even though I work from home), or if I’m on a trip, I’ll likely bring some combination of the following. Backpack – My current favorite is the Bullet Ruck 15L. It fits a 15″ laptop quite […]

GORUCK Bullet 15L mini review

Or, another title could be, my quest for my perfect backpack. For quite a few years I’ve tried backpacks of all types. It’s a funny hobby for me to research different backpacks and see what makes the most sense for me. I wrote previously about a trip I took with the Bullet 10L (shown at […]

Moving to Automattic

Tomorrow I’ll be starting a new job at Automattic as a Product Designer. I’m both excited and reflective as I think about what’s ahead in 2019 and beyond. For the past 3 1/2 years I’ve worked full-time at XWP. I started as a Team Lead, then brought the role of Product Owner (while learning it […]

Why design matters in your team

Over the past few years I’ve been privileged to work with some amazing designers and engineers! When you can bring design and engineering together in a true partnership, great things can happen. If either of them are treated as second class citizens, you’ll fall into deep ditches that can sink teams and companies. “Without a […]

iPad Pro in 2019

Since January 2017 I’ve been an iPad Pro user. For a short period I even made it my primary computer. It’s become one of the most important tools I have as a Product Designer. Each week I use it to create sketches during the research and conceptual stages of a project. There are some situations […]

A brief journey into blocks

WordPress 5.0 has finally launched. It’s been a long time coming, and provides a huge update and change to how the editor works in WordPress. I was privileged to be able to contribute to this release, spending several months in 2017 contributing to design ideas and concepts for early work on Gutenberg. Earlier this week […]

Beachbody Editorial UX

In 2016 our team at XWP was able to work with the Beachbody on Demand folks to create a new editorial workflow for the content creation staff. You can read the case study to learn about the work that was done. During this process I was covering the role of Product Owner for our team, […]