Banging Against the Wall?

The other day, the following quote was posted in a Facebook group on innovation that I participate in. “Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door” – Coco Chanel, founder of Chanel. My first response was snarky – this is why I...

Why I Fell in Love with Design

I have been wondering for a while why I am fascinated with design. Some of it, I’m sure, I picked up while my wife was earning two degrees in communication design, but the fascination didn’t really hit full steam until well after she had finished. What was...

Use Tech as I Say, Not as I Do

So the other night, I accidentally left my cell phone in my toddler’s room and he found it. When I retraced my steps to find the phone, he was lying on the floor trying to swipe away on it, just like mommy and daddy. No, he didn’t figure out how to unlock...

What the emoji?

I recently got a text from a colleague with several emoji in it. At the best of times, text messages can be a little complicated to interpret because of their brevity. In fact, earlier that week, that same colleague had texted me back in response to a text about...

Too Much Learning?

The conversation with my wife went something like this: “What are you doing?” “Teaching myself Spanish.” “Seriously?” I don’t think that she was surprised that I wanted to learn Spanish; we’re both very committed to the...

Needless Needles?

I had some routine blood work done the other day and it just wasn’t fun. Now I wasn’t expecting Disney World, but there was nothing in the experience that made me think of myself as anything other than a human pin cushion. The room was sterile, the chair...