March reads

March reads

Mar 29, 2014

Reading that Lamott last month really unlocked some sort of latent yearning in me to understand the creative process. I read four more books on the subject this month and I feel like I’m only just scratching the surface of the topic. I’m off on a short holiday at the beginning of April and only […]

A week at the beach
In me, travels

A week at the beach

Mar 28, 2014

Yep, I think that’s everything.

100 day project
In make

100 day project

Mar 7, 2014

So this is a thing that people do. They commit to doing one thing (usually one creative thing but I’ve seen many variations) everyday for 100 days. This is the iteration I saw most recently and decided to join. Here’s the thing: I’ve always been a doodler. I distinctly remember being scolded in school for […]

February reads

February reads

Mar 4, 2014

Three of four books I read last month were audiobooks. I am powering through those Audible credits! My favourite last month was definitely the Lamott. In fact, that might be my favourite book of the year so far. The Dog Stars, Peter Heller (audio) Turns out post-apocalyptic narratives make decent audiobooks. Enjoyed this well enough, […]

Microinteractions: Why you should sweat the small stuff

Microinteractions: Why you should sweat the small stuff

Feb 22, 2014

I’ve been writing a column on web design/UX for Access, the magazine of the Ontario Library Association, for the last five years (5 years! I had to double-check that to be sure, five years is a crazy long time) and I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned or linked to a single one of those articles […]

January reads

January reads

Feb 8, 2014

January was a good month for reading. After a year of audiobook-free reading, I listened to one audiobook last month, mostly because Audible sent me one of those “come back to us” messages, mentioning at the very end of the message that I have 17 unused credits in my account. Seventeen! That’s 17 books. How […]

I made you a mixtape

I made you a mixtape

Jan 28, 2014

Sometimes winter gets to you so bad that you just want to hide out indoors and forget all about it. Maybe a spontaneous kitchen dance party with your favourite person will help. Or maybe you want to cozy up with a good book and a hot cup of tea. Either way, I’ve got your soundtrack […]

The best argument I’ve read for why you should develop personas

The best argument I’ve read for why you should develop personas

Jan 7, 2014

We’ve been doing a lot of service redesign work at my library lately, partly for a new service point we’ve designed and partly in an effort to harmonize the experience users have across all our various services and service points. As part of that work, I’ve been reading a lot about service design and one […]

Here’s to showing up

Here’s to showing up

Jan 2, 2014

I’ve made a bunch of little resolutions this year but, really, they can be summarized by these three words: Just show up. Bren√© Brown sums it up beautifully in this video. One of my favourite bits: If you’re not in the arena also getting your ass kicked, I’m not interested in your feedback. Hell yes.

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