Yosemite – Thoughts on blurriness and design ecosystems

The blurry window

I reviewed OSX 10.10 over the weekend, and observed a new trend emerging on the design battlefield: It’s blurry, translucent, and vibrant. But it’s also incredibly expensive and difficult to render.

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New year, new resolution

One goal for the new year was to make my personal site completely responsive. I’ve been doing more hiring for other designers as of late, so I’ve been looking at hundreds of design portfolios. Having a responsive site is a great indicator of attention to detail and ability to keep up with technology.

I can now confidently share my portfolio with peers, and say good bye to my old ugly rotating banner.

Working remotely from Portland

A new year in a new place! I’ve decided to go back home to Oregon and explore the city I grew up next to. My home office is still in San Francisco, which means I’m working remotely and learning a new routine. In order to stay focused and maintain some rigor in my schedule, I’ve been starting off my days going to a coffee shop after morning standup.




Remote work seems like living the dream! It isn’t all easy — setting expectations and maintaining constant communication got a lot harder. I’m relying heavily on video chats to stay current with my teams, so having solid internet and multiple chat tools is a must. If I drop because of spotty wifi, I look like a burden.

I’m still exploring the best tools for collaborative design, but so far things are going well using Confluence and sketching. I’m excited for what 2014 holds, and I’m even more excited to reveal what I’ve been working on behind the scenes. All in due time.

The redesign of Bitbucket was a huge milestone for Atlassian and for myself. It represented a declaration to the world that they care deeply about design, experience, and usability — and that they trusted me to drive it forward. I was personally responsible for each of the 70+ pages in the application. This meant everything from sketching, wire framing, prototyping, user testing, and ultimately the pixel perfect design.

Much has already been said about the design, especially from the community. Just check out the comments on the bitbucket launch blog.

The tell-all tale of Bitbucket’s redesign

Redesigning an entire application is a formidable undertaking with many risks and possibilities for failure. Brian Nguyen, one of our developers, already covered the challenges of Bitbucket’s redesign from a technical standpoint. Now, I’d like to share some of the challenges from the design angle, along with how we eventually overcame them.

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