How Vimeo Did It: Online Community From a Designer’s Perspective

As a fan of Vimeo's, I was stoked to hear that Blake Whitman would be giving a talk at FOWD in NY. (You may recognize Blake from that time he had some questions about the homepage...) Blake's presentation showed that cultivating a vibrant community online is, in no small part, a tractable design problem.

Kickin’ It With The Kindle

After last week's announcement of the Kindle coming to Canada I re-kindled (get it) a purchase decision I had started several years ago when I first saw a Sony e-Reader at CES. Here are my thoughts after spending 24 hours with the Kindle.

Progressive Enhancement, Designing for the Future

While attending FOWD last week in New York an overarching theme of Progressive Enhancement started to develop as more and more presentations preached it's benefits. So what exactly is Progressive Enhancement?

Public shaming of designerstoolbox.com

How is it that in a time where everything is so connected and information is passed at such lightning speeds, people continue to steal, rip and defraud other members of the design community? As if somehow they'll be able to get away with it.

Finding Inspiration (or how I went to NYC and all I got was this lousy alligator head)

I was recently going through my bookshelves at home, trying to find some books I could sell or donate. After scanning past titles like The Ghastly One: The Sex-Gore Netherworld of Filmmaker Andy Milligan and Bitter is the New Black, I came across all my old textbooks.

The iPhone Lock Screen is Coming

It seems the screens we shared of an alternative home screen for the iPhone created some buzz. We had no intention of taking it any further than a blog post but we figured this was something worth seeing through.

TheStar.com Redesign

The anticipation of a site launch can be somewhat nerve-racking. We take our clients from strategy through to front-end code.The process takes months to work through.

We Don’t Feel a Day Over 6

When Geoff and I started this company we were convinced it wouldn't last. I would always think of that line from Heat where DeNiro says "allow nothing to be in your life that you cannot walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you spot the heat around the corner".

iPhone Needs a New Home

I'd have loved for this post to be the introduction of our latest iPhone application. An application that introduces a new -default- optional home screen.

48 hours with a Palm Pre

[Note: I have written this quickly and will clean it up over the next few days. I wanted to get some thoughts down prior to the launch.

Jon Lax chats with BNN about the Palm Pre

Yesterday Jon visited the BNN studios to chat about the Palm Pre. For those not in the know, it launches today.

I want my scrollwheel back!

Two steps forward, one step back. That's how I feel about the crappy media scrubbing interface built into the iPhone, iPod touch, and I guess pretty much all touch screen-based media devices.