Bicycles are my design inspiration—a Rapha 5×5 talk

I was recently invited to speak at an event called Rapha 5×5: Intervals on Design at Fresh Tilled Soil, a local design consultancy. It’s a traveling series of design talks that Rapha runs in different cities, and here’s the schtick: “5×5: Intervals on Design, a rapid-fire design talk where five creatives will talk for five minutes…

Laser-etched Tap Handles

I recently had the honor of being the best man in my best friend’s wedding, which is an occasion that calls for a unique gift. The groom and I are both pretty big into homebrewing, and he kegs, so my own fiancé recommended that I get him some tap handles.  Well, I couldn’t find any out there…

Paying homage to (or stealing from) your inspiration

I had an idea for the new version of my site: I was going to illustrate objects using only HTML and CSS ( to show that I know how to do stuff with code), and make them look like they were neatly organized in a physical space* (which seems vaguely trendy) according to the underlying grid…

Boston’s Colonial Era Printer

While touring the Freedom Trail with some friends visiting Boston, I happened across the Printing Office of Edes & Gill, kitty-corner to the Old North Church. If you’re a typophile like myself, you should really check this out. Gary Gregory, the Master Printer that runs the shop, is bursting with excitement for type. After he let…

‘The Main Failing of Design School’, 25 years later

Edit: May 11, 2021—corrected link to original source article. As I made the transition from student to professional, I found myself returning to re-read a certain article, “The Main Failing Of Design School: Kids Can’t Think For Themselves,” by Michael Bierut (1988), perhaps as a way to reassure myself that I could, in fact, think…