Raise the Standards
I try my hardest never to bite the hand that feeds me, but when we’re free to voice our opinion to a community that’s willing to listen, sometimes you’ve gotta. I saw this tweet by a talented friend, Skylar, and it’s been a common sentiment I’ve heard bounced back and forth through the design community for some time. If this is what the design revolution looks...
No Five Year Plan
Your birthday is as good a day as any to reflect on where you are, and where you’ve been. It’s a passion of mine to share what I learn. I’ve noticed that through teaching and mentoring, students often ask, “where do you see yourself in five years?” You know, the five year plan. The success track you’re supposed to have laid out for yourself. And, well… I...
With a brief break before starting at 37signals, I spent a few days redesigning my site. Admittedly, it’s the first time I’ve experimented with building a responsive site. It’s nothing flashy, just a few things I wanted to accomplish. Simplify. Larger, more legible type. And most of all, show my portfolio with work in relative context next to each other as opposed to hiding...
On the Move
To say that my time working at Threadless has been amazing would be selling it short. As a designer in Chicago, one couldn’t ask for a better place to be. Beyond creating meaningful work that millions get to see and enjoy, I’ve also learned a lot about people, fucking up and trying something new. Sean, the straight-outta-Yonkers Creative Director of Threadless, might even tell you...
Silencio, por favor!
More and more, I find myself trying to curb the noise in my social streams. I have internet-ADD as it is, so tweets and pokes and chain emails really derail my productivity. And while I’m sure you know of these little features already, these are a few of my favorite things. Twitter: Stop the retweets. Retweets from a conference. Retweets about themselves. Retweets about people signing up...
Lessons Learned from Two Years of Tees
Today marks my second full year working as a designer at Threadless. I’ve loved every minute of it. I’ve been able to work on really amazing projects that millions of people see. I’ve been able to work with people that kick my ass in so many respects. It’s an honor, a thrill and totally rad. I just wanted to take a minute to thank all of my skinnyCorpin’...
Your blog sucks. And your work. And probably mine...
viafrank: Have you read this article over on Design Observer, Frank? I’d love to hear your thoughts on it…kind of piqued my interest. —Brooke Rane Warning: This blog post is hasty and curmudgeonly. There are naughty swears and general playground banter. I read it. Then I finished. And I thought, “Wait, so the author wrote an article about setting up a place for commentary online instead of...