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If it doesn’t feel right, say something

When you’ve got a lot of experience doing something and you see a situation that doesn’t feel right. Say something. You might be wrong. But if you don’t…

A perspective is only as valuable as the experience and consideration behind it

If you’re going to share your perspective it’s got to have value. A perspective gets value when it is shaped by a ton of pragmatic experience.  If you don’t…

There is no shame in asking for help

A friend and former colleague tried to get hired where I work, but he didn’t tell me or ask me for help or advice. He’s more qualified to…

Flying propeller

I’ve often wanted to play with propellers as a way to generate electricity, but recently also began to wonder about using them for lift. Over the course of…

USB Powered Magic Trackpad

I’ve done a number of replace-batteries with a charger projects (biggest savings was for a child-swing). Having recently purchased an Apple Magic Trackpad I disliked that it required batteries….

Three methods for increasing your personal creative velocity

When you make things you come up against hard limits to how much you can make in a given time. One way to overcome this problem is to add…

A rich cloud-based clinical network

Sharing clinical templates across the entire user base When users create specialty specific templates, these are shared with all users on the system, allowing everyone access to the…

Practice Fusion: clinical timeline for all patients

Gives providers a valuable view of the patient they’ve never had before. A summarized timeline of all clinical events, across providers for their patients. Problem it addressed Doctors…

The future of books – Part 1: The awesome features of paper books

The modern paper book represents a pinnacle in the evolution of a physical medium to store and communicate information. Through trial, error, iteration, and experiment the paper book arrived at some pretty…

Responsive web application

One of the big motivations for the redesign was to escape the desktop. The existing platform was built in Flex which meant it couldn’t run on any apple…

Dynamic interface components

Hiding elements Elements of the screen which provide good initial context scroll off the screen as the user indicates their intention to drill into the content on the…

Consolidated workflows

In the original system, data in the interface reflected the database structure on the back-end. In the redesign, data was integrated into a clinical workflow so that it…

Practice Fusion electronic health record system

Project was to redesign Practice Fusion’s flagship product, an EHR (electronic health record). For 5+ years Practice Fusion’s main product had been its EHR. When the product was conceived the best available…

Surfacing functionality and information

Practice dashboard The practice dashboard gives users clarity about their day and about the health of their practice. Surfacing data from every part of the system, it provides…

Making it worth something; creating value by design

Some describe value as a simple equation: benefits – costs. This is a rational way to think about value. But people, especially when assigning value aren’t rational.

The function of corrugation

Corrugated steel, corrugated cardboard, creases in the external panels of your car. Ridges in shells, palm leaves. Every one of these leverages bends in a sheet to increase…

Every thing you’ve ever designed should be dissatisfying (to you)

Every thing you’ve ever designed should be dissatisfying to you. Sure maybe the day you came up with it all you could see was sunshine and rainbows. But…

Augmenting music to fit the surrounding spatial environment

I’ve always wanted to find ways for digital technology to reconnect people with their environment. Screens, with the exception of augmented reality, tend to disconnect people from their…

Redesigning a complex system

I was given the opportunity to lead a top-to-bottom redesign of our EHR. The goal was a responsive design that is mobile and desktop friendly, that is modular enough to support…

Stone sketches

What started out as a lazy day at the beach ended up as an unexpected discovery of a new medium.