and I am a writer, designer and developer (in the order that I learned them). I believe our evolutionarily crafted brains absorb the novel and catalog the pattern, so my primary goal in life is to enjoy it by seeking out novelty. To that end, I also want to be sure that I leave behind some artifacts of novelty for others to find and enjoy. This site is my attempt to gather all those efforts into one place.
I write both fiction and non-fiction. Most of my fiction is available at Troped, which is an ongoing writing project following four generations four families of characters through several decades. I have an B.A. in economics and an M.S. in cognitive science, and my non-fiction blog, Banapana, is primarily concerned with the effects of media on our cognitive abilities and also our economy.
Two recent flash fiction pieces of mine have appeared on Wireisalive. They are "And God Came to China" and "Pace." Some of my more recent nonfiction pieces include two essays on design regarding using Photoshop for mockups in web design, and why it is important to remember that design can be subjective and designers should not depend on their intuitions for insight into new creative endeavors. I also recently wrote an article on how people are using Kickstarter to fund new educational opportunities.
I'm not sure what I could write here that would prepare you for the utter profane stupidity that would follow in this novel, but I wrote it anyway. Travis Fleeting (the main character) is a young good-for-not-much musician facing the awful prospect of growing up. He lives in Athen, GA and this is his story; a story about a musician in search of music, friends, love, and maybe—just maybe—purpose. It's on iTunes if you want it.
Honestly, my short stories and writing abilities have moved pretty far beyond this nugget, but it was one of my first and still holds a dear place in my heart. It's sad. I'll tell you that up front. Then again, it's free, so there's some solace in that for you. Read it online or grab the PDF.
"When Wrong Does Not Apply" is, so far, my most popular essay on Medium.com. In it I try to argue that designers shouldn't necessarily trust their intuitions when approaching brand new work. A lot of the debate centered around Apple's new iOS 7, rather than the topic of the essay, so I'm currently brewing some new examples to try to tackle the topic again.
You can see most of my artwork on my tumblr account and a good deal of my professional design in the gallery here on my site. I've drawn since I was a kid and worked on building web pages since their was a web. I'm not kidding, I was introduced to the web in 1997, thanks to my Dad, and was thoroughly unimpressed. Then I found out I could produce my own web pages while in college, and everything changed
Most of the logos I design are forced to conform to outdated corporate ideas of business-as-bauhaus. We are in the midst of a revolution of the return to the personal, the sincere, and a logo that is genuine, looks great compared to flat, impersonal abstractions. This logo, was an incredible relief to design in that respect.
Co-designed with Amy Sheppard for the band Particle Seven (alas, no more). Original photography from the Mermaid Parade in Brooklyn, NY.
My new Jquery plugin allows you to add pan and zoom navigation to your images just by adding image map code to your HTML. But don't bother with a description, the proof of its coolness is in trying it out!
This is a fun experiment with the Twitter API that allows tweets with keywords (that you choose) to float by your browser in "real" time.
This is an experiment that allows control of a Processing animation through Jquery UI controls.