Paravel Dave, Reagan, and I celebrated our 10th official year as Paravel. In addition to some shorter-term projects (1, 2), we undertook a large-scale pattern library and front-end update that is rolling out in phases this... Read note
Paravel is ten years old! In 2007 we’d just filed the LLC and started the first web project substantial enough to delude us into believing that Paravel could be a long-term endeavor.
Blade Runner 2049 opens today. I’m headed to Alamo Drafthouse! Here’s a bunch of stuff you can watch/look at to psych yourself up:
I’ve been listening to the NPR podcast How I Built This recently. The episode with Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese, is my favorite so far. The entire episode is fascinating, but... Read note
Letterboxd is easily one of my favorite sites. I started logging movies in 2013, and began using it to find movies to watch shortly after. The community is great, and its reviews rarely (or never) reach... Read note
Right now there’s a for-sale sign outside the house my wife and I spent the first 10 years of our marriage buying land for, building, and inhabiting. I never thought we’d leave Horseshoe Bay—it’s been idyllic... Read note
I’m a major Formula 1 fan. I have Seat Licenses for the USGP at COTA, I listen to F1 podcasts (even in the off season), and my weekends revolve around practices, qualifying & races. But I... Read note
I saw Ghostbusters on the big screen for the first time this weekend. The larger scale made it easier to look past the foreground and appreciate some of the more subtle things happening off to the... Read note
One of my favorite experiences in recent years was writing for The Manual, Issue 2. I’m thrilled to see them back with a new logo (done by Brent Couchman of Moniker), a web edition, and a... Read note
I’m loving the work Andy Helms did in conjunction with the gang at Cartoon Hangover. Meet SpaceBear!
It probably won’t surprise you to know that, though 90% of what I share online relates to my work, thinking about breakpoints, JS plugins, and fonts isn’t all I do.
I came across this wonderful comic by Gavin Aung that takes words directly from a graduation speech given by Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson in 1990.
Earlier this Spring I watched every James Bond movie, including the off-grid Never Say Never Again, and the Everything or Nothing documentary. Most (if not all) of the Bond movies cycle in and out of availability... Read note
After watching Bones Brigade this weekend I decided to learn more about Rodney Mullen. I particularly enjoyed this excerpt from his TED talk about competing and winning early on in his freestyle skating career:
But when all these [negative emotions] are removed, and you can look forward, and the road is clear ahead, and now you’re going to create something. That’s as happy as I would ever want to be.... Read note
I can remember listening to Elliot Jay Stocks speak about all that went into getting 8Faces magazine up and running at Brooklyn Beta 2010. I’d bet that the dedication and courage he demonstrated in embarking on... Read note
One of my favorite documentaries is Jiro Dreams of Sushi, which tells the story of 85 year-old sushi master, Jiro Ono, who has spent his life honing his craft at a 10-seat restaurant in a Japanese... Read article
This weekend I got carried away browsing The Old Car Manual Project yet again. Here are some of my favorite finds. Oh, and I got that Chrysler advert from fulltable.com. It’s worth a few minutes of... Read note
Paravel got really busy from November thru January. I spent the majority of my time with my head down, focused on client work, deadlines, basecamp, and email. We were a part of some fun projects, but... Read note
When I was in grade school, from the time I stepped off the bus in the afternoon ’til sunset, my neighborhood was my entire world, and the possibilities were limitless. I was part of a BMX... Read article
Yesterday Issue #2 of The Manual arrived. I cracked it open to read just one article before bed and wound up reading the entire thing straight through. I really do love that this publication exists. Sure,... Read note
I’m a happy camper. I just moved into a new office space that’s directly suited to the way I work, think, and create.
I love what the power of the Internet can do for small businesses, especially when those businesses belong to friends and industry cohorts. Bob & Kris Galmarini run a fantastic shop called Neve Inspired that sells... Read note
I wish there were more conferences like Brooklyn Beta, or more accurately, I wish there were more conference organizers like Cameron Koczon and Chris Shiflett. I’d like to think I know how to be kind and... Read note
I was driving through Bastrop, TX, with the family on Sunday and decided to pull over to see the devastation caused by the Central Texas wildfires firsthand. The scene in Bastrop was similar to what I’d... Read note
Recently, my 27” iMac went out of commission for a day, and I had to rely solely on a 13” Macbook Air. It forced me to focus and had me second guessing how I work on... Read article
I was thrilled to find myself looped into a few nominations for this year’s .Net Magazine Awards. I’ve been extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to work with my Paravel cohorts, Dave & Reagan, as well... Read note
The #1 reason my wife and I travel? Food. Name any city we’ve been to and I can tell you my favorite meal from each. The fried oyster po’boy at Mother’s in New Orleans, squid ink... Read note
I’m happy to announce that today I’ve joined the Fusion Ads network. You’ll see Ad spots on single article and note post views in the left-hand margin of this site. Many thanks to Chris Bowler for... Read note
Trophy Barbershop is a magical place—with wild game stuffed and mounted on the walls, leopard skin chairs, and scrappy old tattooed barbers slinging shears.
The work you take on can define you—it’s what you practice, what you get recognized for, and what you’ll be hired to do next.
I met Simon Collison back in October at Brooklyn Beta. Shortly after, I got an email from him asking if I’d be interested in contributing to the newspaper he was having printed for attendees of the... Read note
I love being one-third of Paravel. I don’t know how other web shops work, but I do know that I like how we roll.
Josh Brewer’s latest 52 Weeks of UX article, Keep On Learning, about continued web education and remaining relevant is spot on.
Cameron Koczon, Chris Shiflett and the rest of the gang knocked it out of the park this year with their first Brooklyn Beta conference. It was a privilege to be there with such a great group... Read note
We were fairly surprised and even more excited to see that Paravel was nominated for a Net Award for Design Agency of the Year along with 24 other excellent teams. I’d like to extend a big... Read note
Early in the Summer I had a series of conversations with Phil Coffman about side projects- how they’ve benefitted us, how to balance them, and how much fun they are. Taking the initiative, Phil gathered a... Read note
Yesterday I was cleaning up my hard drive and migrating some design assets to Dropbox when I came across a few PSD files for a version of the Paravel site from over 6 years ago. I’m... Read note
Extraordinary days can be joyous and they can be devastating, but rarely are they both at the same time. That’s the thing that makes organ transplants so profound. While recipients and their loved ones rejoice at... Read article
Nature always wins & the bums will always lose.