HOW Design 2012 in review: Part four

This is a continuation of HOW Design 2012 in review: Part three.
I am attending the HOW Design Conference 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. Below are my notes from the sessions I attended on Monday.
9:45 am-11:00 am – 36. Matters of Wonder – Justin Ahrens
All good art possesses a bit of wonder—a touch of mystery, beauty [...]

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HOW Design 2012 in review: Part three

This is a continuation of HOW Design 2012 in review: Part two.
I am attending the HOW Design Conference 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. Below are my notes from the sessions I attended on Sunday.
9:00 am-10:15 am – 20. Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits – Debbie Millman
Debbie Millman is president of the design division at [...]

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HOW Design 2012 in review: Part two

This is a continuation of HOW Design 2012 in review: Part one.
I am attending the HOW Design Conference 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. Below are my notes from the sessions I attended on Saturday.
9:00 am-10:15 am – 2. Under the Covers With Chip Kidd – Chip Kidd
Chip Kidd is well known for his book covers [...]

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HOW Design 2012 in review: Part one

I am attending the HOW Design Conference 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. Below are my notes from the opening session I attended on Friday.
6:30 pm-8:00 pm – Opening Keynote – 1. Coltrane, Concord, Cool Kids and Other Creative Choices – Sam Harrison, Words-Ideas-Action
You make hundreds of choices every day: big choices and small choices, easy [...]

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Oregon tennis tournaments: Summer 2012

Summer tennis tournament season is approaching quickly, so I’ve been checking OregonTennis.com and contacting city parks and recreation offices for tournament schedules, as usual. I try to play at least four community tennis tournaments in the Mid-Willamette Valley each summer.
Community tennis tournaments
Here are the tournaments I plan to enter this year, in the USTA [...]

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WebVisions 2012 in review: Part three

This is a continuation of WebVisions 2012 in review: Part two.
On Wednesday through Friday, May 16-18, I attended the WebVisions 2012 conference at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Below is a quick overview of all sessions I attended on Friday, with links. See Twitter updates using #wvpdx.
The CSS of Design Storytelling: Context, Spine [...]

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WebVisions 2012 in review: Part two

This is a continuation of WebVisions 2012 in review: Part one.
On Wednesday through Friday, May 16-18, I attended the WebVisions 2012 conference at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Below is a quick overview of all sessions I attended on Thursday, with links. See Twitter updates using #wvpdx.
Correspondent from the Future – Baratunde Thurston [...]

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WebVisions 2012 in review: Part one

On Wednesday through Friday, May 16-18, I am attending the WebVisions 2012 conference at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Below is a quick overview of the workshops I attended on Wednesday, with links.
(Also see my reviews from previous WebVisions conferences: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007.)
Building HTML5 Games – Alex Porter, Andrew Cooper, [...]

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A war on Saturn’s return?

About two weeks ago, my girlfriend was playing with a Saturn return calculator and contemplating the impact of celestial bodies, specifically Saturn, on her life. A Saturnian year takes roughly 30 Earth years. In astrology, the Saturn return is an alleged phenomenon that influences a person’s life development at around 29-year intervals.
A magic realism tangent
Because [...]

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Magical books I read in October 2011

If I look back and think about the most memorable, inspiring pieces of literature I consumed last month, four books clearly come to mind. Each one explores parallel realities (or supernatural realms) and the magical creatures and animals that inhabit these universes. Naturally, three of the books were written for children.

The first two are out-of-print [...]

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