In 1923, Frank Lloyd Wright completed the Imperial Hotel, a building commissioned in Japan. In 1923, there was a 8.3 magnitude earthquake. The hotel survived.

Wright was a midwesterner like myself, and had no experience with Earthquakes. When he arrived in Japan, that lack of familiarity was his strength; he passionately researched earthquake damage, and designed his hotel with multiple safeguards.

Terms of Art for the Heart

A term of art is a word when used in a professional context has a very precise meaning. I’ve been reading a lot about game mechanics and theory, inspired by Amy Jo Kim’s terrific talk given recently at Linkedin. Right now I’m half-way through A Theory of Fun by Raph Kosterner. It’s an odd, rambling book, and most it is familiar to anyone who’s been doing interaction design for awhile. But I do notice that game designers talk about emotion much more than we do, and they are crafting new terms of art and taxonomies that could be useful to anyone doing interactive (and particularly social) design.

My new baby.

My new baby., originally uploaded by Box and Arrow.

Context is King!

Nasty as they wanna be? Policing Except rules are tricky things with an operation like Flickr’s. The […]

Size Matters

early draft of a section from 2nd edition of blueprints We all would like to think there was […]

Size Matters

2008-05-05_1101, originally uploaded by Box and Arrow. One of the things I’ve been thinking about and watching for […]