What makes me tick? Different things on different
days I suppose. Sometimes I want to be a nice socially
responsible boy and do good things for good people, and
sometimes I want to be a socially irresponsible boy and
do bad things to bad people. Other days I just wanna
watch Survivor and root for the crocodiles.
I discovered Tibor in art school. I wasn't supposed
to find out about him since I was a "fine" artist and
he was a "designer." Someone
showed me a copy of Colors...that's where I met Tibor.
Tibor taught me that it was OK to just say what was on
your mind, have a good time doing it, play with
people's heads, be stupid, have at it.
Tibor put design back into the world.
He used it to reflect the world, and in that reflection
find the seed for making it a better place.
If I had my way this is the type of work I would
do all the time. Things that make the world just a
little bit easier to get around in. Sites that help
people do things that they have to do.
For instance, I'm currently working on a site for BraveKids.
It's a resource directory for parents of children with
terminal diseases. Being a father you always hope and
pray that nothing ever happens to your kids, and it challenges you to learn about
others who weren't very lucky. I also designed
a site for an amazing institution known as Glide.
done some incredible work with the homeless, the
addicted and the sick. I spent some
time with them to learn about
their day-to-day in preparation for the project, and I was just amazed.
Watching kids that are your son's age eating in a soup kitchen
is too much. Glide tells me
that their donations have gone up since the site
redesign. That's good. Feeds more kids.
BiggerHand has good smart stuff
and good dumb stuff (and also some bad stuff). But what
I get the most response to is Henry's Diary. The
reasons for Henry's Diary is just so we'll both have
a record of what it's like to be a dad and a son.
Because, of course, the most socially responsible thing
I can do as a father is to raise a good son.
And the most
responsible thing I can do as a designer is to document