In search of: Todo apps

I admit it.  I have failed more times using GTD then I care to admit.  It was easier to quit smoking then get the process right.  Though I think there is merit if you have the fortitude to stick to it. I have tried many many todo apps. Many of them great – but did … Read more

Lean and Green

Herman Miller LogoA few weeks ago I posted and article about design and sustainability on our company blog. I saw this article on TreeHugger the other day in the similar vein and after reviewing the headline I  thought there was a misprint.  How could a giant factory only generate 15 pounds of waster per month? … Read more

Not So Mobile Coupons

The other day I was emailed a coupon from CVS for my reward dollars.  The coupon said to print it out and bring it to the store to redeem. When I went into the store I realized that I  for got to print it out but I thought why would it matter?  I turned on … Read more

Whitespace in Music

Some of my favorite guitar players are not what many would think of as tradtional guitar heros. They have all played in famous groups.  But one of the things that distinguishes them from so many other great guitar players is what the don’t play rather than what they do.  All three of them recognized what … Read more

UX meets common tools

I have always been fascinated with the User Experience, regardless of the medium. In retail stores or on the web. I have loved the store designs at Apple for instance on how they encourage you to touch and play and ask questions. Creating a good experience on the web is very important and there are … Read more

Disposable Culture

Almost 20 years ago I bought a John Deere lawn tractor for my yard.  I had been envying one for a long time.  We had one growing up and I knew as soon as I had enough land I would but one.  At the time I think I paid $1,500 which was and is still … Read more

Substitution Customer Service

Tonight on the way home I stopped at a fast food chain and ordered a simple request.  I got my meal and something told me to check it tonight.  It was wrong.  I backed up to the window and told the gentleman who took my order.  He told me they were out of what I … Read more

What does your product do?

When I look at products I always ask myself the following: What does your product do?Does it make my life easier?Is it new and unique and fills a niche?Does it remove an everyday aggravation from my life?Does your product do something better then another product?Is your product aesthetically beautiful?Does your product inspire imagination?Does your product … Read more

Is Starbucks the new Cheers?

If you have ever spent more than two hours with me you will know I am a fan of Starbucks coffee. I go there twice a day – different stores depending on my location. Starbucks has made a reputation for quality products. It has also been called the “third space”, not home or work. The third … Read more