April 30, 2014

Less Filler, More Killer.

In order to avoid losing its place atop organizations, design must deliver results. Designers must also accept that if they don’t, they’re not actually designing well; in technology, at least, the subjective artistry of design is mirrored by the objective finality of use data. A “great” design which produces bad outcomes —low engagement, little utility, few downloads, indifference on the part of the target market— should be regarded as a failure.

Designer Duds: Losing Our Seat at the Table by Mills Baker

Anyone who calls themselves a designer should take this to heart. Design without results is merely decoration. Less filler, more killer. Via Mark Birch.

April 13, 2014

Porcupine Rim Trail

Castle Valley, Moab, Utah

We hit the road this weekend for a quick trip to Moab in-lieu of closing day. Although only able to get in one ride, the famed Porcupine Rim trail never ceases to dish out the thrills and is well worth the drive in itself. Today some weather moved through and while disrupting our plans to ride Gold Bar, certainly enhanced the drive back north.

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Above: Jim rolling around on the dining room table.
Below: Rufio hucking off the dining room table.

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See ya’ll in a couple weeks at the Fruita Fat Tire Festival.

April 8, 2014

East Canyon, Utah

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Taking the long way home through East Canyon. Mud season be damned.

April 7, 2014

Do it Better or Differently

It’s 2010… everything has been done before. All you can do is something someone else has done before, except do it better or differently.

From Michael Winterbottom’s 2010 film, The Trip

March 19, 2014

Spring Preview : Desert Trippin’

Moab, Utah

A visual guide to an adventurous spring. Filled with red rock, campfires, bicycles, and sunshine. Tis the season to come out of your hole, get out of town, and fill your lungs with that warm desert sun.

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March 11, 2014

This One’s for Frank

After returning from that ordeal to resume work and rejoin the internet, everything seemed like trivial bullshit—because it was. Disingenious money grabs highlighted themselves. Haters’ words lost their put-on quaintness and looked like hatespeak. Bad content looked like noise, loud promotion looked like desperation, and all speed was stupid. And it was startling how often loud, stupid, and desperate all came together, as if they were a bundled package given to anyone without confidence in the value of what they were saying.

Frank Chimero

I can completely relate to where Frank is coming from. This past November I lost my Grandma. She was the first close family member that I’ve lost, which makes me more fortunate than most. Afterwards, I wrote about the impact the death of my Grandmother had on me professionally as well as my growing frustration within my current role as a designer, which echoed closely with Frank’s above sentiment.

Now after having had a few months pass, the cynicism I once felt isn’t as sharp, however I still haven’t found the right balance between creating work that has an impact and paying the bills. I’m sure striking this accord is one of life’s great achievements, and perhaps I’m naive in thinking I should have it figured out at 29 years old. That’s what 30’s for right? Let’s hope so, but until then, I’m going to simply resolute to “share what I know.” Which, as it turns out, isn’t as much as I’d like.

The above passage was taken from Frank Chimero’s post, This One’s for Me, in which he writes about returning to work after losing his parents.

March 4, 2014

Sweat the Small Stuff

On the road today, I passed a new Lincoln MKZ. The car had some stylish lines, but what caught my eye in passing was the little flange on the fuel cover that sticks out and makes it possible to open with your finger. Almost all late-model cars, especially within the luxury market, have flush fuel covers that allow you to access the tank via interior button or other action. On the Lincoln, this detail seems a flaw that would escape all but the most discerning eyes, but nevertheless, a remnant of inattention that leaves the car looking unrefined and lazy.

Will it affect how the car drives? Doubtful. Will it protect you in a crash? Certainly not. Does it make me want to buy a Lincoln? Nope. If Lincoln overlooks the little things, what else have they neglected to put the finishing touches on? As my father instilled in me, if something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right. Mind your craft & sweat the small stuff.