The global flight from the family

Going for a different style for a piece that lends itself to emotion.


New Zealand is calling


American energy boom milestones


Cuba: Open for business?


My first infographic at the American Enterprise Institute


A new beginning

I’m happy to announce that I will be taking on the role of Graphic Design Director at the American Enterprise Institute — a major conservative think tank. Sarah, Hugo and I will be moving to Washington, D.C. in January. Calgary has been very good to me — thank you to the Manning Centre for Building Democracy and the dear friends I’ve made.

Expect to see lots more work posted here!

Why is consistency important in design?

I love Quora, the website that answers questions you have never thought to ask. It has some brilliant designers:

[As designers] our job is to turn those abstractions into a crisp mental model for the user.

These aren’t always the same. Take the typical volume slider as an example. The following is from iOS:

The software abstraction (I’m guessing) ties pixel position to a numerical value. However, the mental model offered by the interface presents the choice as a continuous band. This makes more sense to users as the human ear doesn’t perceive volume in discrete steps. There’s the volume level you want, and everything else is either too high or too low.