ZEN and the art of MM

Last week I was chatting with my soon-to-be 20 year-old son who was reading Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and just like that I decided to reread it 30 years after tackling it the first time! Before I knew it I was pulled back into the heady meanderings of this book where art, technology, philosophy and travel intermingle, collide, unravel, and … Continue reading ZEN and the art of MM

Pealing back the layers

My web design course with Kevin McMillan at Emily Carr University of Art and Design is all about uncovering the layers behind a web site, with a focus on responsive adaptive design. Kevin has been teaching web design since the beginning of web design…so it’s interesting to hear his stories about how things have changed over time. Also he’s a wealth of information and has … Continue reading Pealing back the layers

Online learning…CreativeLive

The more I learn, the more I realize I have SO much to learn, yet I am loving all the ways my brain is being stretched these days. Take for example Creativelive.com. I discovered this website/learning tool at the CreativeMorning lecture I attended in August. I have been hooked ever since!! Not only do they offer reasonably priced workshop/webinars to download BUT they also have many free online classes! I’ve … Continue reading Online learning…CreativeLive

Inspiring creative women

Today I want to introduce you to three inspiring women who have touched me, made me think, and awed me in their accomplishments, their naturalness, and their eloquence. Monday I met Maira Kalman.  Illustrator and writer, designer of handbags, clothes and sets,  a woman of depth and quirkiness, a mother, born in Tel Aviv, who grew up in the Bronx and is of late a … Continue reading Inspiring creative women

Looking forward (on the web)

On my weekly hike up the Grouse Grind, I’ve been listening to podcasts about anything related to web design and this past week I encountered yet another new term: Responsive Design! Ahhh yess! Karen McGrane on The Web Ahead talked about responsive design as being the process whereby one website is created for all screen sizes, all devices.  On this podcast with Jen Simmons, Karen … Continue reading Looking forward (on the web)

Helpful design sites (and blogs)

Which which is which…my learning curve keeps escalating, an ever invigorating ride up! So, along with the books I’m reading and the podcasts I’m listening to, here are some of the sites and blogs i’ve become hooked on as they offer so much information in this rapidly changing and growing field of interaction design. The first I’d like to mention is the InVision blog. Somehow … Continue reading Helpful design sites (and blogs)

Learning while hiking

My 21-year-old son told me recently that on his 30-minute walk to work/school each day he now listens to books or podcasts. Learning while commuting…great idea! So now instead of just listening to music as I hike my beloved Grouse Grind or busing to class…I listen to podcasts and have found a great one called Design Matters with Debbie Millman. Debbie Millman began Design Matters … Continue reading Learning while hiking

Storytelling, typography and typesetting

On this steep learning curve of understanding my new world of Interaction Design, I signed up for what proved to be a challenging 4-day Basics of Communication Design course at Emily Carr University. With the guidance of an intelligent and quirky instructor named Thomas, we tackled storytelling, typography, and typesetting, and had a lot of fun doing it! DAY 1 We explored the CommDesign theme … Continue reading Storytelling, typography and typesetting