Are You Underinvesting In A Lifetime Opportunity?
July 9, 2010 – 4:57 am | No Comment

It is a common sight in Chinatown (both San Francisco and New York City) and it has always disturbed me.  It is the sight of old, Chinese ladies hauling big bags of plastic bottles and …

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Live-Work Stations
November 10, 2014 – 8:25 pm | No Comment

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With the lens of an archaeologist, you get to be both an anthropologist and a detective. What people have to say about themselves can be richly informative, but as Detective Archaeology, what “stuff” has to say can be even more revealing.

Stuff can be the loudest when you look for what I call, live-work stations: a place where a person sits or stands for long periods of time to perform work, make something, or perform a repeated task. This can be a desk, a cash register, a work bench, a kitchen table, etc.  Duck tape around a broken kitchen spoon can be a sign of thriftiness, value. Taped notes to the side of a desktop and other “hacks” reveal paint points or clunkiness where a little thought and ingenuity would be welcome. Hopes and dreams can even be found in common live-work stations, be sure not to miss that hawaiian photo or baby shoe dangling from the dash.

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Sochi Olympics Parade Babe
November 10, 2014 – 5:32 am | No Comment
Sochi Olympics Parade Babe
Shared Fashion
March 22, 2013 – 11:13 pm | No Comment
Shared Fashion

For the story behind this picture read: From Provo to Midwood

Malls Go Unscripted!
January 14, 2012 – 5:51 pm | No Comment
Malls Go Unscripted!

Malls have been a pretty sad place to be during the past year and a half with the economic downturn. Mall managers have tried vacancy signs, marketing store fronts for exhisting tenents, and some have …

Is Your Research In Danger?
June 25, 2011 – 1:39 am | No Comment
Is Your Research In Danger?

When it comes to building a business or designing a product, talking with your customers (or users) is essential.  do the research to know the needs, culture, and world they live in, and  do some …

Leadership and Movement Creation: Lessons From the Half Naked Guy!
December 28, 2010 – 12:29 am | No Comment

This video of the half naked guy dancing about attracting a crowd of followers done with a voice over by Derek Sivers is one of the best videos on YouTube (in my humble opinion!). …

Angels at St. Luke’s
November 15, 2010 – 8:51 am | No Comment
Angels at St. Luke’s

Too often, going to the hospital is like going to an assembly line for care.  There’s nothing worse than being sick and getting lost at a hospital, heckled by employees at every desk and check-in …

Levi’s Temporary Print Shop
July 19, 2010 – 6:49 am | No Comment
Levi’s Temporary Print Shop

Lover’s of design, art, and old fashioned printing presses celebrate! And, come check out Levi’s temporary print workshop down on 826 Valencia, San Francisco.  This shop is an amazing venue that allows local artists and …

Are You Underinvesting In A Lifetime Opportunity?
July 9, 2010 – 4:57 am | No Comment
Are You Underinvesting In A Lifetime Opportunity?

It is a common sight in Chinatown (both San Francisco and New York City) and it has always disturbed me.  It is the sight of old, Chinese ladies hauling big bags of plastic bottles and …

Cowboys, Turkey Farmers, and Shrimp Dumplings?
July 7, 2010 – 5:04 am | No Comment
Cowboys, Turkey Farmers, and Shrimp Dumplings?

Sanpete County, UT is inhabited by good old fashioned pioneer stock.  There are turkey farmers, cowboys, shepherds, rodeo fans, sewing moms, and competition quilters.  The towns in this county are full of normal American folk …

Designing Around Seahorse Sexuality!
June 27, 2010 – 1:51 am | No Comment
Designing Around Seahorse Sexuality!

Sometimes the challenge of communicating with a particular culture can turn out to be quite fun! Take this exhibition, design case study:
Culture: a conservative, Christian based society that is extremely sensitive to topics such as …