Context Switching and Product Usage

I switched jobs a few months ago - and with the switch came a transition to a new machine, something I've done many times before. While this gets a bit easier each time thanks to increasing reliance on the cloud and my own personal routines, it's never quite seamless. It's…

On Giving and Getting Great Demo

Over the past few days we've been looking into buying a new toolset for monitoring and tracking our PR efforts. It's been enlightening in a number of ways, but the biggest thing it's provided me with is an opportunity to watch how other companies sell. I spent the better part…

The Notifications Layer of UX

I first started thinking more about notifications and alerts when Yo! became popular almost a year ago, but as the Apple Watch gets closer to being a real thing in the wild and as I've spent more time tinkering with mobile app concepts I think it's still something worth talking…

The Smartphone of the Future May Not Have a Screen at All.

This article got me started thinking about the future of the mobile device. It was really this quote: "When services actually work seamlessly across all these screens that are available, you’re going to be like, oh my god, obviously." I think there's something to that. In fact, I think…

The Blockchain & The Post Privacy Page

I've long been the cynic among my peer group who constantly promotes the "privacy is dead" trope, and I pretty much believe it. There's really no way to avoid the fact that most of us live in public, and that increasingly more of our lives will be captured, indexed and…

Why Yo Isn't Dumb At All, Yo

There's been a lot of buzz about Yo lately. It's a dead simple app that has only one feature: it lets you send a push notification to your friends with the message "Yo!" That's it. Many have bemoaned its stupidy, others have championed its simplicity. Personally, I find it amusing,…

My Talk at the HBS Social Enterprise Conference

A few months ago, I had the great opportunity to go to HBS and run a workshop that centered around digital marketing for social enterprises. I encountered this opportunity through GA, where I'm teaching the third installment of a very hands-on digital marketing class. Despite an explicit interest in socially-based…

Sketch App Review (3 Months In)

I've never fallen in love with an app so fast, and so hard, as I fell in love with Sketch. And it's because I fell in love with Keynote before it, and Photoshop a long time before that. Each of those applications contained one main feature that changed the game…

How I Discovered Draft, and Some First Impressions

I've always been interested in the patterns behind application discovery - the many different ways people come to find cool new websites and apps that they suddenly can't live without. The reason I'm writing this post, and the reason you're reading here, on this new blog, is a great example…

Blog Topics & Ideas

The hardest part of keeping up with writing for me has always been germinating the ideas, staying focused on particular topics, and getting in a regular cadence. So I wrote this list of topics I'd like to focus on, particular areas of interest within those topics, and potential posts that…