Writing & Speaking

I love writing and speaking about design. This is some of what I’ve done so far.

2016
Smashing Magazine

Giving your product a soul

I share my principles for designing products and how to help them (and the designer) succeed. Also, a few tricks for convincing bosses and teammates to go along with you on the journey.

One idea that could curb harassment on social media

Online harassment is a tricky problem to solve, but we can make a dent in it by helping people manage their replies.

Charlotte Design

Mobile Design Workflows

I spoke to designers about the end-to-end process I use when designing apps. We talked through how to have a successful discovery to which prototyping tools to use (and when), and how to successfully collaborate with your team.

2015
O'Reilly Media

Designing & Prototyping with Sketch

I created a video course for O'Reilly Media to help designers of every skill level use Sketch to make interactive prototypes. We discuss the benefits of prototyping and other design techniques, and even build a few prototypes.

GIANT Conf

Does this paragraph make me look fat? (A conversation on typography)

Solid typography is an unsung hero of good design. In this talk, we discuss practical, non-fussy ways to improve typography in your projects. We also talk about how to choose the right typeface—it’s easier than you think, and it’s probably not Helvetica.

Specifically we cover: how to establish a good typographic hierarchy, building a catalog of workhorse typefaces, the dark art of pairing typefaces, and best practices for solid readability.

Smashing Magazine

Prototyping iOS And Android Apps With Sketch

I provide a Sketch blueprint file that helps you prototype apps quickly with Sketch inside of an editor like InVision or Flinto, and discuss why you’ll want to prototype your ideas instead of sending over flat images for discussion. A prototype is worth a thousand meetings (or something close to it).

2014
Smashing Magazine

A Better Way To Request App Ratings

I make the case for app developers to do more than ask for a 5-star rating in the App Store by opening conversations with frustrated users. I share how my team used this tactic to take a 1.5-star app to a 5-star app.

In which a nerd changes almost every part of his life to be better designer

A guide for designers young (and not so young) on how to eliminate distractions.

Smashing Magazine

How To Make An Effective Style Guide With Adobe Fireworks

I talk about how we can use this lovely little app to help keep our design in shape as it grows. I even throw in a Big Lebowski reference.

2013
Smashing Magazine

iOS Grid System, A Free Extension For Adobe Fireworks

It’s no secret that I love grids, and I share how to make them in Fireworks when designing iOS apps. Inside the article, you’ll find an extension that makes grids for you.


About Me

Here‘s what I‘m into these days and bit about how I got here.

Here’s a photo of what I look like if you ever see me in real life.

Hi again. So, a little more about me: I'm a designer who's helped companies of all sizes create great mobile apps and sites. I see it through from start to finish by leading discovery workshops, making those neat prototypes, and working with everyone to make sure we're building the right thing.

Good design puts people first by solving their problems before doing anything else. It doesn't make people think too much about how to use it, either. The best design has a soul—it adds up to more than the sum of its parts. You know, something you can fall in love with.

I've been at it for 11 years and don't see any reason to stop. Currently living in Charlotte, NC, though I've lived all over. Always up for another adventure, too.

I’m interested in these things:

  • Planning and designing iOS and Android apps
  • Emerging technologies
  • Using technology to help in moments of crisis
  • Typography (I’m working on my second typeface right now!)
  • Building beautiful cultures and products
  • 🤔, 📚, also 🐶