Now

Inspired by Peter Rukavina, I use this partially as a means to keep myself honest by publicly stating what I am working on – a technique I think first introduced to me by a short conversation with Jeffrey Zeldman many years ago in San Francisco. Updated around the end of each month.

What I am up to this month

Family

  • Continuing the year-as-a-single-parent adventure and helping our kids adjust to their new home and all the issues associated with living in a foreign culture.
  • Working on patience, positivity, and relaxing my Sgt. Major approach to parenting.

Learning

  • Taking an online course on qualitative research to brush up my skills.
  • Rebooting my Chinese language studies.
  • Swift will have to wait until next month

Play

  • “Tipping my toe in the water” as a product specialist at the StartUp Zone; the role envisions me advising companies on product/experience design. Time will tell if it will work for all parties over the next number of months. My hope is that the experience will help me build a local portfolio, while gaining insight to the needs of Canadian businesses.
  • Creating a workshop on understanding customer needs and prototyping.
  • Working on a new identity and one-page website for Super Lucky Elephant.
  • I’ve been working (somewhat) full time on Minzoo for the past 6 months. We have 2 apps in development, others in the pipeline, a weekly podcast called Sleep Tight Stories, customer research activities, and all the related social media promotional stuff I abhor.
  • I write at kelake. Setting aside a set limit of time to write something, even the nonsense I write, helps keep my mind working.
  • A new sticker pack for iMessage featuring all the monsters I’ve created for apps, plus the messaging we use for the Sleep Tight Stories instagram account.
  • I’ve started playing trumpet again for the first time in over 22 years. I’m curious to see if the joy I used to experience comes back without all the ego and unrealistic expectations.

Volunteer

  • Volunteering with the PEIANC.

Reading

Tools

My iPhone home screen

  • Photos
  • Apple Maps
  • Fantastical
  • iA Writer – long form write and forget
  • Notes
  • Day One – I keep a somewhat daily diary
  • Clock
  • FaceTime
  • Reminders
  • Apple Music
  • Overcast – podcasts
  • Strava – running social network
  • Suunto – the new companion app for Suunto watch
  • Safari
  • Drafts – for text templates and writing
  • Spark – email client
  • OmniFocus – for task and project management
  • Basecamp – project management and quasi intranet
  • iMessage
  • Pleco – Chinese dictionary powerhouse
  • Camera
  • Evernote – searching for a replacement
  • Weather Underground
  • weChat

On my Mac dock

  • Evernote
  • iCal
  • Garageband for mixing our podcast
  • Xcode
  • Sketch – for illustration, UI, and wireframing
  • Pixelmator
  • OmniFocus – for task and project management
  • OmniPlan
  • iA Writer
  • Day One – I keep a somewhat daily diary
  • Slack
  • Keynote
  • Facetime
  • Safari
  • Transmit – file transfer
  • Books
  • Photos – we currently use Apple’s solution for photo storage
  • Reminders
  • Apple Music

Hardware

Updated on Jan. 28th, 2019