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a heuristic analysis of is the grand-daddy of user generated content, and has been incredibly successful connecting buyers and sellers on a local level. The simple text based design of the site has gone through very little change since its start as a mailing list in San Francisco, and the look and feel of the site has [...]

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Craig Newmark prefers the term “customer service representative” rather than founder. His site needs to reflect that ethos.

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West3 Spice Rub

West3 spice rub

This is the rub that started it all. Initially made for a Heart Dad rib-a-thon, but when some honest to goodness Texans preferred it over their home grown Salt Lick spice rub we knew we had something on our hands. We have refined things a little since then as we have made batch after batch, and now [...]

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West3 Ridge Edition Grill in action

West3 Ridge Edition Grill

I emailed Mike these drawings after whipping them up early one Saturday morning. And 3 days later I get this sent to my phone: We went back and forth on some of the design issues, how to do the legs, how to control airflow and all that. In the end we had a HUGE grill.

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A good design team needs a great waterboy

be the water boy for your design team

This article by Branden Kowitz makes some very simple elegant points about why fit and finish matter. Technology is making it easier and easier to just make things work, but designers dedicated to their craft add credibility to the product.

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Korean Taco Video Screen Grab

Korean Skirt Steak Tacos

Korean Taco Marinade (adapted from Americas Test Kitchen recipe) 5 tablespoons soy sauce 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil 1.5 teaspoons lime juice (about a whole lime worth) 3 tablespoons sugar (brown if you have it) 2 tablespoons gochujang (Korean fermented hot pepper paste) 1 teaspoon rice vinegar 2 tablespoons mirin 4 garlic cloves, minced The Korean Taco is [...]

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pack269 website

Cub Scout Pack 269 was relying on email chains and word of mouth to distribute announcements and permission slips. I was able to get them up and running with a wordpress site that has a calendar of events and is the “go-to” place for permission slips and camp out dates. There was not a clean version of the [...]

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design for life

The products that take design seriously and incorporate it from the start are going to be the ones that connect with people in a way that really makes an impact in the world.

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get involved

If you understand the business implications of what you are creating you can defend it when some conference room sniper tries to take it down from 50 paces.

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UX wireframes

We are creating a touchscreen interface running behind a TFT screen. With the thermal conductivity of various proteins known, it is possible to precisely calculate when a piece of meat is perfectly cooked. The initial plan was to recreate the functionality of Sous Vide Dash to work on hardware that doesn’t support scrolling very well. I used [...]

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