As a designer I make great big messes, and as a developer I bring those messes to life. I’ve created release-worthy code, rich interactive prototypes, digital ecosystem road maps, multi-channel service strategies, and terrible concept sketches. I’m passionate about sharing my love for sketching and code through talks and workshops.


  • “Codecraft” Talk

    I gave a talk at GE’s first-annual Design Conference, discussing the rapid pace of change in development practices over the last ten years and its implications for how we practice design.
  • “Design at Scale” Workshop

    At Lean Day West, Karel Barnoski and I conducted a half-day workshop where we taught UX professionals how to achieve better, faster UX in the enterprise by using design systems, sketching, and prototyping techniques.
  • “Designing the Industrial Internet” Talk

    At IxDA San Francisco’s “Design Doing” event, I gave a talk about my experience working as an interaction designer at GE, where I use an HTML/CSS/JS framework to design in code on an agile development team.
  • “On Aircraft and Craft” Interaction13 Talk

    I gave a talk at GE’s first-annual Design Conference, discussing the rapid pace of change in development practices over the last ten years and its implications for how we practice design.
  • “The Fastest Pivot You’ll Ever Make” Talk

    I gave a talk at RocketSpace in San Francisco to a packed house of startups on how they can use user experience principles to craft more desirable products more quickly.
  • U.N. Global Pulse HunchWorks Talk

    Adaptive Path helped Global Pulse work through the messy human challenges of HunchWorks, a system designed to detect and mitigate emerging global crises before they occur.
  • Adaptive Path Fridge Alarm

    Adaptive Path had a meddlesome refrigerator with a door that wouldn’t always shut, spoiling our food and wasting precious resources. I wired it up so it would play hit 80s music if it got left open too long.
  • Adaptive Path Events Development

    I revamped the technology platform of Adaptive Path’s Events websites, preserving their rich history of content while creating a strong foundation for launching new sites year after year.
  • MX Conference Graphic Recording

    At Adaptive Path’s 2011 MX Conference I created enormous sketches as our speakers gave their talks, responding to their ideas and recording them in real time.
  • Smart.fm iPhone App Concepts

    As an experience design intern at Adaptive Path I worked with the Smart.fm team, engaging in extensive concept generation and ideation to inform the design direction of a new iPhone app.
  • Adaptive Path Home Page

    While working as an experience design intern at Adaptive Path, I dared to rewrite some of Douglas Bowman’s own code and implemented a newly designed home page.
  • Outside In: Bringing the Outdoors Indoors

    I propose a series of principles to guide the design of systems that evoke a sense of the outdoors in indoor spaces. This eight-month project was my final capstone project in completing my master’s degree in interaction design.
  • Super Secret Professor Books

    A small team of design students banded together in secrecy to create a series of personalized hardcover books that share how much our HCI/d cohort appreciates our professors.
  • Wiichuck Pong

    I used an Arduino to connect a Nintendo Wii Nunchuk to my computer, and modified a game of Pong so I could control the paddles using the accelerometers in the controller.
  • Recipe Application Prototype

    I took the wireframes and requirements for a proposed web form, and built an interactive high-fidelity XHTML/CSS/Javascript prototype for a fictional recipe application.
  • Home Energy Monitoring System

    We propose a residential electricity monitoring and feedback system for the iPhone that allows users to track their home energy usage, and encourages them to reduce consumption. We presented this project at CHI 2009 and placed fourth overall in the Student Design Competition.
  • “Light Sandbox” Experience Prototype

    The Light Sandbox allows people to use mirrors and prisms to manipulate light, projecting their creations onto a shared light column. We created experience prototypes to inform our design for this conceptual museum exhibit.
  • “See Akzidenz First!” Type Specimen Book

    Inspired by the turn-of-the-century American railway lodges of the Glacier National Park region, I designed a specimen book for the Akzidenz-Grotesk type family.
  • Weight Watchers Fast Food Advisor

    With this conceptual iPhone application, we aim to help users make good, healthy eating choices when they are at their most vulnerable, and when they are most likely to give into temptation: when they are eating out.
  • Big Winds Commerce Rebuild

    With the help of a local developer we rebuilt the Big Winds commerce engine in Ruby on Rails, to the tune of improved performance, easier maintenance, faster development, smarter product data, and a pixel-perfect grid design.
  • Typography Cliché Letterpress Book

    As part of a project to familiarize ourselves with traditional letterpress machinery, we printed a book of typography clichés in the type shop at Indiana University.
  • Dane and James’ Lost Dreams

    We propose a cruise ship that uniquely caters to the people who typically go on cruises; namely, those who have faded Harley Davidson t-shirts, wear fanny packs, and have a favorite monster truck driver.
  • Bixby Heart Dot Com

    We built a web-based iPhone application to help our dear friend Mark Bixby keep an eye on his ticker during SXSW 2008. By choosing to feed him bacon or juice, the crowd had control over Mark’s delicious fate.
  • Big Winds Action Photography

    As their resident photographer, I bulked up the Big Winds library with more than 3,500 local photographs that document their unique Columbia Gorge lifestyle.
  • Captain Quicksilver’s Pirate Video

    Working against a tight deadline, we put together an entry video for Captain Morrigan Quicksilver, firing off his first salvo in his quest to star in Mark Burnett’s Pirate Master reality show.
  • Brainside Out

    Brainside Out has been my online haven for experimentation since 2001, taking form over the years as a website, weblog, portfolio, and even a freelance design business.
  • Daneomatic

    While I have been blogging for over seven years, Daneomatic has been my personal weblog since 2006.