Whatever type of project I’m working on, writing is the most important tool I use. I start any undertaking with a blank sheet of paper.

Call it a “words first” design approach.

While writing is used in more of a support role in product design, sometimes words are the main event. Here are some examples. My blog has more.

A recent article I wrote for UX Booth.
A recent article I wrote for UX Booth.

Technology and Brand

3.15.2016 When UX goes offline: Designing cross-channel experience for community-based services (UX Booth)

9.24.2014 Put a ringer on it | Any data of value must support an easy way for users to opt in, subscribe, or follow

9.5.2014 The art of everyday design | A great brand manifests in even the smallest of details

Marketing

In 2012 I co-founded Corrib Theatre, a new company dedicated to presenting contemporary Irish theatre in Portland, Oregon. Until leaving in 2014, I managed all digital platform design and messaging.

Here are three messages from my campaign for Corrib’s award-winning 2014 production of A NIGHT IN NOVEMBER by Marie Jones.

# 1

A Night in November

# 2

A Night in November

# 3

A Night in November

And here’s a message from a Seattle theatre where I’ve been helping out in digital experience design.

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Theatre Criticism

For the last three years, my theatre blog has been one of the top ranking search results for news and reviews in Portland, Ashland, Seattle, and beyond. Here are a few favorites.

11.12.2014 Telling big stories on the big stage | An interview with Seattle playwright Robert Schenkkan

8.3.2014 Review: THE GREAT SOCIETY by Robert Schenkkan at Oregon Shakespeare Festival

3.10.2014 Review: THE COCOANUTS have landed – Audience powerless to resist ageless, madcap hilarity at Oregon Shakespeare Festival

8.11.2013 Review: THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD by David Farr at Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Travel

5.10.2012 The Ghosts of 1984: In Search of Sarajevo’s Olympic Past

A travel piece on Sarajevo's Olympic nordic venue. FasterSkier.com, May 2012.
A travel piece on Sarajevo’s Olympic nordic venue. FasterSkier.com, May 2012.

2.27.2012 What vision looks like | Cycling in Scotland

2.19.2012 Titanic | Belfast 100 years later

Humor

12.1.2014 Pray for Snowpocalypse

Portland Monthly, December 2014.
Portland Monthly, December 2014.

7.27.2014 Society for the Preservation of Tragedy: Epidemic misuse of terms ‘tragedy’ and ‘tragic’ in everyday discourse undermines meaning of ancient dramatic form

11.1.9.2013 Stung by expropriation of their art form by theatre, hip hop artists vow to incorporate more Shakespeare

PHOTO: Some things haven’t changed. The new Stetson Library at Williams College leaves the old faculty reading room intact. Williamstown, Mass.