Design will help save the world.
I believe that the world can be
You probably believe that, too.
We need to use create better

How I Can Help:

My permanent coordinates:
San Francisco, CA

<my first name> @ <my first name> .com

My current coordinates: at home in SF




Tools for the Future:

These are the tools that will help us build better products and services, more successful organizations and relationships,  more satisfying experiences of all kinds, and a better world, overall. Some are entirely new, others are evolutions of existing ones. All point the way to a more successful future.…………………………………………………………………..

Upcoming Speaking & Travel:
• Mar 23-Mar 35: Houston, TX
• Mar 30-Apr 1:
New York City for Advancing Research
• May 22-27: London, UX for  UX London
• May 28-Jun 2: Grand Rapids, MI for Wege Prize
• July 1-2: Portland, OR for CHIFOO



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Recent Articles…

The beginning of

While compiling a presentation of my old company, vivid's, work, a trip to the Way Back Machine at the Internet Archive yielded the old versions of my own site. Here was the first version, from 1996. From the beginning, I had a list of Nathans, though it wasn't yet...

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Design Quarterly 145: Hats

I designed this publication around Richard Saul Wurman's writings. It's got some of mine and Richard's favorite examples of his work (as well as others). It was one of my highlights from working with him at TheUnderstandingBusiness. 1989 It's only available from Ebay...

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SONY Tradecomm interface

In 1994, SONY hired vivid to design the interface for a stock trading system within General Magic's MagicCap OS for the SONY-branded device to use this system. It was a very limited interface (a small screen with only 4 levels of gray) but a fascinating device. The...

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Kellogg’s Cereal Mixer

In 1998, working with some of the most fun professionals ever (especially Steve Gundrum and Davis Masten), vivid was hired by Mattson to work with Kellogg's on an online customer cereal store. This system allowed anyone to create custom cereal using hundreds of...

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There’s a Storm Coming…

This was a talk on Multimedia back in 1996 in Melbourne (my first time to that city) for OZCHI. I don't think it's ever been posted to the Internet so I only have a few screenshots left from it. It was about the possibilities of these new digital and online media and...

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Consumerism is a Fail

The image quality on this is terrible because it's so dark but this was a talk I gave at SCAD in Savannah at their fantastic Design Ethos conference in 2012. The topic was about how Consumerism has been a fail for the US economy and both designers' culpability in this...

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CISCO Interviews

These are two of the micro-interviews I did with CISCO back in 2011. They were beautifully-produced and there was a lot more material than they eventually released. These two are on the need for 6 Billion problem solvers and the challenge of leading a sustainable...

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Autodesk Cage Match at TED

This was the second cage match hosted by Autodesk, this time at the TED conference in 2012. This time, I debated Mark Foster Gage. This is just some slight highlights, not the full match. The topic was "Evolution vs. Interference, basically whether Evolution was...

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Autodesk Cage Match

This was the first Cage Match Autodesk hosted (in Las Vegas at their annual conference) in 2011. It was an evolution for the "Design Fight Club" bouts they hosted at their IDEAS Summits. It was a hoot. I squared-off against Adam Richardson, debating whether...

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