I design and build user interfaces for the web.
I am the User Experience (UX) Director at HipHost, a marketplace for tours and activities led by locals who know their stuff.
My daily work ranges from ideating over new features by sketching, wireframing, and prototyping proofs-of-concept to full-stack development of new features in Ruby on Rails.
I have led the design and development of the front-end user interface for Boston-area start-ups Springpad, I'm in! and College Publisher. I thrive in small-team environments that encourage designer and developer collaboration and transparent communication between business and development.
Previously, I have worked as a consultant on projects for Hanley Wood, Massachusettes Convention Center Authority, Harte Hanks, Bloomingdales, RueLaLa and 38 Studios, and led ambitious redesigns of Audience Rewards and CAPA International Education's home pages.
June 20, 2012 Is AirPlay an untapped casual gaming console?
AirPlay is a funny feature. It's not the easiest thing to discover, but pushing that first YouTube video from your phone to the living room's Apple TV is magical. It's hard not to AirPlay all the things from that moment on. What can AirP...
May 29, 2012 On Never Being Bleeding Edge
If you write code for a living, you probably follow fellow code-writers (on your favorite following service of choice) and ...
March 26, 2012 More Stylish Content with Typography & CSS
When Blog Better Boston asked me what I was going to speak about, I said "design hacks" off the top of my head. As the day approached and I thought more about my audience, I realized ...
March 08, 2012 The New iPad
So Apple updated the iPad the other day? Yes. Retina display? Faster? Better camera? Yep. The last one was the iPad 2 right? Yes. Do you know what they called the new one? The iPad 3? The iPad HD? The New iPad. Right. Yeah. What's...
I recently read Lazy as a Turtle's post Are you ready for the next stage of commoditization of web design? The author summarizes that we've already gone through one phase of design commoditization of web design: sites like ThemeForest can sell respectabile site designs at very low rates, relegating the web designer to a mere theme tweak...
February 29, 2012 Bless this CSS Mess with Compass
I reached a small, nightmarish victory yesterday while testing some new styles on HipHost in IE: two of my CSS files surpassed Internet Explorer's CSS Selector Limit for a single stylesheet file: 4095. Yay! Fuck. Hm? What's this? Woah. ...
February 16, 2012 Messages.app Gets Cross-Device Notifications Just Right
Word of OS X 10.8 (kitty code name: Mountain Lion) dropped today. The big summary is its a continuation of the iCloud-ification of your data across all devices. Part of the announcement was a beta release of Messages.app, formerly known as iChat. Now your iMessage conversation history syncs between your OS X machine(s) and iOS de...
February 15, 2012 Above the Fold in 2012
Boss: Do we think if we make these changes that this content will now be above the fold? Me: You know, when I fold my laptop the screen shuts off and I can't use the keyboar...
February 07, 2012 Sublime Text 2 and Columns View and a Wish
I've got high hopes for TextMate 2, which we know is happening for sure now. But Sublime Text 2 has been my goto editor for the last few weeks now. Plenty to like, plenty to loathe, but its refreshing and it comes in Cobalt. But being blessed with a 27" Cinema Display, one particular feature is providing that "I can never go back to a time before this" feeling I haven't experienced since col...
February 01, 2012 Bash Convert All Your SCSS (or CSS) to SASS in One Line
I've been using — nay, depending on — SaSS and Compass for at least a year (I'll get aro...
January 26, 2012 Metro UI's Creeping Influence on iOS Apps
Microsoft's Metro UI has been rightly praised as a breath of fresh air in the interface design world. The last decade of websites and apps has been highly influenced by Apple, whose skeuomorphism has been both ridiculed and praised. Microsoft's designers created ...
January 24, 2012 How to be a Web Designer in 2012
I recently read Tom Milway's "How to Build a Modern Website in 2011" and Andy Johnson's article "Do We Really Need a New Web Design App?" back-to-back. Both articles deal with the current st...
December 29, 2011 Jobs for Nihilists
Maybe you should try LinkedIn?
December 01, 2011 Web design deserves better tools than the crap we're stuck with now
As an industry, we web design-types are torpedoing into the responsively designed future while our design tools are stuck in the mockup-driven past. We now have the know-how to serve dozens of devices, resolutions and bandwidths with one codebase and a design that adapts to its device. The old...
October 06, 2011 You'll be missed, Steve
Preface I am not a well-known web developer. I've yet to work on anything that made its way to the front page of any widely read blog or news site. I'm just a humble guy who writes a l...
September 13, 2011 I started writing (again)
Around July 1, 2011, I left my job at a high-profile consulting firm in Boston, Massachusetts to embark, for the second time, on the path of indie web professional. The dec...