Design A Song #2: Cracker, “Big Dipper”


I have many favorite songs by David Lowery of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, but this one tops them all. It’s Lowery’s paean to the Santa Cruz of his young adulthood, and it first appeared on Cracker’s 1996 album The Golden Age.

Things to Do in Denver When You’re Designer

My voice is an octave lower from talking to everyone and my veins flow freely with the koolaid. Must be check-out day. Had a grand time in Denver for my 2nd AIGA Leadership Retreat. It’s settled: I’m in for life. Honor roll: Billy and Marika for driving down from Boulder to meet me for dinner,

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The Mojo Wire, “Seaside Hamlet Skids XV”


This coming April 20, my first band’s third “album” turns 15 years old. It’s not a big deal to anyone except us, and me in particular I think, because despite its ramshackle quality, this recording still makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It’s endearingly low-fi. I wrote more about it much better several

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AIGA SB 2013 Recap


No big thing here, except to link over to the AIGA SB website where I did a recap of our chapter’s 2013 events and happenings during my second year on the board as Communications Director. It’s been a blast and should continue to be in 2014 too!

Suburban Bizarre, Part 1: Personal Pop Music History 1976-1995


So when I said I’d begin the “Suburban Bizarre” series “tomorrow” I apparently meant “over a month later,” but really, who cares? Obviously I’m less interested in writing about all this stuff ever since I actually finished the full image for “Personal Pop Music History,” but that’s only a detail from it above. See, I

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I Write Things that Other People Publish


The Bass Player’s Theory of Design: parallels between the art of music and the art of design, at the User Experience Brainstorm blog: …many of the techniques I learned as an amateur musician have translated, almost perfectly intact, to my career as a designer and developer: staying inspired, overcoming blocks, creative compromise, dealing with criticism,

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Hometown Tourist, Ventucky Edition

Yep, that’s right—despite happily calling Ventura home for the last nine years, I have yet to do these nine quintessentially Ventura things: Hike up to Two Trees. I’m not much of a hiker anyway, though. Play some rounds at Golf n’ Stuff. Can’t remember the last time I played mini-golf, actually. See a play at the Rubicon Theatre. I’ve

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