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Archive for May 2006

Generation M

I’m 33. That means I’m stuck somewhere in between Generation X and Y. Generation X was stereotyped as lazy postmodernists,…

The Importance of Creative Procrastination

Coders and designers, we’re from different tribes. Name any issue and we’ll neatly divide into sides: form and function, information…

WWSD? (What Would Swearengen Do?)

My friends all know that I loves me some Deadwood. The award-winning HBO western is one of my favorite shows…

Back in Black

My first laptop was a black Apple Powerbook G3, aka the WallStreet. I dragged the ten pound sucker across Europe…

33

Today I am 33 years old. 33 years of troublemaking behind me. Hopefully 33 more to go. Today I find…

What Would Google Do?

Google and I, we’re old friends. I’ve written about them here and there for years. Google, as a web innovator,…

Thanks a lot, Apple

I’ve used Apple computers since high school. If it wasn’t for the Mac, I probably wouldn’t have wound up working…

Calling All Designers: Learn to Write!

I recently had the good fortune to work with a client who asked me to, in addition to doing my…

Abdicatechnology

I’ve been thinking about something lately. What do you call it when you voluntarily give up control of some piece…

The Art of No

Being a designer is all about embracing the word “no.” When we sit down with a blank slate and a…


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Hi, I’m Derek. I live in San Francisco and make awesome community-centric web stuff. I sometimes post things to Flickr and Twitter. I’m mostly harmless. More.





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