SXSW Interactive 2013: My Picks and Tips

SXSW Interactive (and SXSW Film and SXSW Comedy) 2013 is here. It’s rainy, but it’s here.  As a tried and true “South By” veteran and a Texan, I thought I’d share some things I refuse to miss this year, plus some tips for making your experience (lookin’ at you, amateurs) a little better. DON’T MISS…. […]

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Humor Research, Design, and Why I Met Shaq

Now that the world has had a chance to remark on the extreme height difference between Shaq and me, I’ll explain everything: Last weekend I presented about design at the annual North East Texas Humor Research Conference. The questions I imagine you have include: “What the hell is that,” “So, why was Shaq there,” and ”Wait, what […]

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‘House of Cards’ Text Message Display

In an episode of “House of Cards” (Netflix’s original series), Kevin Spacey’s character texts someone, and it’s displayed it in a way I’ve never seen a TV show display a text message before. Usually I’d expect to see a shot of an iPhone displaying texts from some made up operating system. But in this scene, […]

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GIF: Responsive Design

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Field Trip: 3D Printing Pop-up Shop

Last week, a few other Catalytes and I undertook a snowy one-block voyage to 3DEA, a 3D printing pop-up shop at 29th St and 6th Ave. While I may have shrugged at the concept of 3D printing in the past, this experience schooled me so much that I’m considering changing my New Year’s resolution from “Stop biting […]

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Exploring the Design Humor of Nick Kroll’s Parody Ad

There I was, sitting on my subway train home, avoiding eye contact with the person sitting across from me. I peripherally glanced at an ad—a typical ad, probably for some college or for some insurance or for that Dr. Zizmor guy. Yes, I thought at first, it’s a Dr. Zizmor ad. If you have ridden the […]

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Floating With Google Maps Navigation (Beta)

Believe it or not, I didn’t travel by boat to get to my friend’s house …

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What’s the Deal With Snapchat?

WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH SNAPCHAT? Seriously. What is it? Why is it? Why is the logo/mascot named after a member of the Wu-Tang Clan (i.e. “Ghostface Chillah”)? (I should mention the Snapchat FAQ poses the question, “What’s the deal with the ghost?”) These questions have tormented me for some time between 1 and 10 seconds, and […]

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