Archive for 2014

As 2014 comes to an end, a few of us here at Blink took some time to reflect on the past 12 months. What did we learn? What did we love? And what will put a twinkle in our eyes in the coming days? An Active Year for Wearables In the interaction design tech world, 2014 was… Read more

To achieve joy in the hearts of children, Santa must have an amazing process and an excellent grasp of the user experience of gift giving. While others have suggested an alternative solution for Santa’s approach, we here at Blink take a more analytical approach. With that in mind, we decided to explore what research tools… Read more

I was recently asked how I cope as a busy person in a world that is becoming increasingly complex. I had to think about this. I’m not sure the actual world has become more complex, but how we communicate certainly has. The trouble starts when we add in all of our new and modern ways… Read more

Two weeks ago I made the hardest professional decision thus far in my career. After almost three years, I’m leaving Blink for another opportunity. I’ve had gigs in the past where the decision to move on was much simpler. The recession in particular created desperate times, which often called for desperate measures for both employer… Read more

Thanksgiving is an ideal time to give back to our community. This year Blink employees selected Treehouse as our charity of choice. Treehouse is a Seattle-based nonprofit striving to create opportunities and support systems for foster children, enabling them to pursue their dreams. Treehouse impacts thousands of children each year through a number of different… Read more

Designers know that using contrast is an effective way to direct attention to a specific design element. But what makes it so effective? Recently at Blink in one of our weekly knowledge shares I shared some research from neuroscience and cognitive psychology that helps answer this question. Certain dimensions of contrast are particularly effective at… Read more

Can you be happy for 100 days in a row? That is the question asked by the founders of the 100HappyDays Foundation in their quest to make the world a happier place. The goal is simple: post a picture of something that makes you happy for 100 days in a row. It can be anything!… Read more

How do people find their way through applications? Generally, words and images carry much of the weight when it comes to path-finding in software. It doesn’t matter whether it is an enterprise-level desktop application, a consumer web site, or a mobile app — text and graphics play an important role in directing the user in… Read more

This story is about my ongoing quest to find good experiences and take those experiences and have them shape how I relate to and serve our clients. It begins with the Chinook Book of which I am a big fan and supporter. I like it for three reasons. First, I love flipping through and clipping coupons… Read more

Crafting a useful, usable, and beautiful app takes a lot of work and a willingness to throw your designs out the window again and again until you get things right. Even if you get that far, there are usually at least five other apps out there that already do what yours does. Why is yours better?… Read more

One of my focus areas at Blink is how to create a great working culture where employees are committed to their work, but also have fun spending time together and enjoy coming to the office every day. In my opinion one of the easiest ways to do that is to celebrate the obvious and take… Read more

My family and I recently took a trip to Japan. It was a gift for my wife, although people have questioned how much of a gift it was since we brought our one- and four-year-old girls. Sure, it was a crazy time, but we’re a pretty crazy family. And it did prove to be the… Read more