Pythagoras in Nashville – TEDxDrexelU videos are on YouTube




Videos for the TEDxDrexelU conference have been posted on YouTube (my talk included.)

TEDxDrexelU videos on YouTube

I need to thank several people who assisted in my presentation. The super-nice slide guitar photos were used by permission of Randall Douglas. Randall is based in Minnesota – check his website for more nice photos – musicians, and others.

Randall Douglas’s photography website

Thanks also to Nashville legend Charlie McCoy for permission to use his photo. Charlie’s website is here:

Charlie McCoy’s website

Chas Williams was also a big help – I referenced his book, The Nashville Number System, quite a bit in my talk. And with Chas’ permission, used several images from the book. Definitely look into his book if you’re a fan of music and information.

Chas Williams / The Nashville Number System

Lots of great presentations that day. Thanks to everyone involved.


Design and Emotion Conference Workshop, London – September 11–14




Agnete Enga and I will be running a workshop at the Design & Emotion conference in London. This year’s theme – Out of Control. The conference runs from September 11–14.

The topic of our workshop: Relationship Counseling. Specifically, the workshop will delve into the topic of design and females, and how a brand relationship differs little from a personal relationship. We’ll be discussing what females are searching for. (Males too, although females are more interesting, more demanding, spend a lot more money – and their desires are less fulfilled.) Conference information and workshop sign up are here:

Design & Emotion Conference: Out of Control

If you’re in London, or want to visit, D&E is a great conference. More on this later.

Vintage Guitar interview

Vintage Guitar, September 2012







Happy to be interviewed alongside ZZ Top’ s Billy Gibbons in an article by Michael Dregni in the September issue of Vintage Guitar magazine. The article discusses the early use of guitar effects – specifically, tremolo circuits and devices, which date back to the 1940s. I received the designation “historian” (apparently, for being able to supply more than enough information about the topic.)

Hey Moe, look! “One Fix for Healthcare” article at Fast Company









An article I wrote for Fast Company, “One Fix For Health Care,” is now online (click here) – discussing pharmacies, design, drug compliance, and dope slaps.

Thanks Belinda Lanks at Fast Company, and for help with the content, thanks Mark Jones and Tim Brown at IDEO, and Jeff Hirsch, Leah Waitekus and Josh Tsai for sharing their design research project at Syracuse University with me.

EMDT article: The Future of Home Healthcare







EMDT (European Medical Device Technology) published an article I wrote titled “The Future of Home Healthcare: Searching for Extreme Usability.”  In it I discuss, among other things, how important it is to understand and design for individuals, not homogenized groups.

The Tangible: Dead or Alive – June 19 2012








Next week IDSANY will be holding the second annual discussion on The Tangible: Dead or Alive. The event will be held at Farenheit 212 in NYC, Tuesday June 19 at 7:00 pm. I’ll be on the panel with Karim Rashid, Tom Igoe and LinYee Yuan.

Here’s the announcement on the Core77 site.

Computex Taipei 2012


The winners of the iF Awards for Design and Innovation at Computex Taipei 2012 were announced last week.

Photos and descriptions of the winning products are on the artdesigncafé site. Congratulations to the winning entries, and thanks to the iF Branch Office Taiwan for inviting me to be on the jury.

Here’s a video of interviews with the panel.














Here’s a link to Yang Yuhsiu’s documentary, Design&Thinking. Its third screening anywhere took place last Thursday at SVA in Manhattan. A discussion with Allan Chochinov, Bruce Nussbaum, Cameron Tonkinwise, Alice Twemlow and me, hosted by Paul Pangaro, followed.










TEDxDrexelU, May 16 2012

Great work by all at Drexel who put together the TEDxDrexelU conference last week. I was first up, opening the day with a discussion of math and music. A whole lineup of people followed – including Carla Diana, Bill Moggridge, and Te Way We See The World. Dhairya Pujara did a great job hosting. Links to the videos coming soon.

Apple’s 1989 “iPad”

Apple_iPad_Smart Design 1989

Here’s an article by Tom Dair in Fast Company, discussing a project we worked on at Smart Design for Apple in 1989. It was not called an iPad then, that wouldn’t happen for another 11 years. Our 1989 project was conceptual, Apple was experimenting with the idea. We envisioned two different versions of a tablet computer, both seen in the article. One had a detachable blue ring. The second was made of aluminum, included a leather cover, and – to offset its high-tech nature – we created a primitive-looking, bone-like stylus.