Prototyping Workflow using the Silhouette Portrait

Long the tool of choice of scrapbookers and wedding invite makers, the humble electronic tool is finding itself more and more a part of industrial design workflows. Known to many as a Cricut machine (Cricut being a company that manufacturers these tools, think Kleenex versus tissues or Windex versus window cleaner) these “CNC knives” are very…

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Making BIG Things In SMART Ways

If you are interested developing a lightweight project management ethos, may I recommend these four books: Creativity, Inc. : Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland The Project Manager’s Guide to Mastering Agile…

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Passion. It Makes All The Difference.

I was recently asked to help mentor some upcoming graduates with their interviewing skills. Aside from the perfunctory suggestions of showing up on time and bringing extra copies of your resume, the most important thing I stressed was you must, above all else, exude passion. Here’s the reality.  Universities are cranking out degree holders at…

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On Invention and Making

It would seem that the opposition to the the Ahmed Mohamed situation has derided into an almost comical “debate” as to whether or not his homebrewed clock was worthy of being considered an invention or not; and I suppose therefore questioning his motives?  I am not sure really what the purpose of adults denigrating a…

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Experience The Future of Entertainment Today!

There is some history behind the fact we call movies “motion pictures“.  When technology progressed to the point that movies were possible, we attempted to simply transpose still photography artistic skills onto the new medium. After all, photography had an approximately 70 year period to perfect the skills and practices, so what worked for still photography…

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Becoming a Better Engineer

“To improve the quality of life for someone is a very powerful feeling.” Johns Hopkins Magazine Summer 2015 Building technology is relatively simple these days thanks to advances in computer aided design tool and cheap manufacturing techniques. But building great technology that changes peoples lives for the better is as elusive as effort. Reason being,…

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Soundbite Philosophy

If one had to condense a philosophy on leading a good life into a series of soundbites, these would be my choice: All lives matter. Your choices do too. The Golden rule is the only rule. Measure success in what you give and not what you get. Live simply so that others may simply live. Live…

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Less Data, More Creativity

Check this site out. A lot of blue collar jobs have been lost to robots, especially in factories and manufacturing.  More jobs are at risk as robots begin to become more mobile and intelligent. But we rarely talk about the huge risk for Artificial Intelligence (AI) to take over the vast majority of white collar…

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Why Crap Is Good

Crap is good. Well, sorta.  Mostly. Hear me out. I am huge supporter of free market capitalism. It works mostly. To paraphrase Dwight Eisenhower, it is the “worst” form of economics, except for all the rest.  Unfortunately, many larger corporations and mature industries that have formed oligopolies like to cherry pick the aspects of capitalism that work…

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Why I Believe: Potential over Fear

There is any interesting dichotomy at play in the technology world.  As someone is who is cold-stone engineer by day, but a struggling product design artist by night, I am keenly aware that people both embrace (at the notion of) innovation yet fear change.  We like to dream of a better tomorrow, rather than live it….

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