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Hi, I’m Brent! Graphic and user experience designer, father, with a curiosity about how we see the world.
I’ve written a couple eBooks as resources and blog regularly about things I’m learning.

Time is Short

The leaves are turning colour. Days are getting shorter. The nights are cooling. All reminders that another summer season is coming to an end. We can’t stop the passage of time, but we can choose to enjoy and be more fully present in each passing moment. Take long breaths.

How do you do?

“What do you do?” is one of the most common questions we answer when meeting someone new. When we’re young, this question might frighten us because what we actually do might not match our aspirations. Our job title is unimpressive, and it it might be difficult to categorize all that… 

Icky Sticky Signs of Life

The kids book Icky Little Duckling tells of a very mature rabbit who obsessively orders and collects things he finds in the woods. One day he comes across a beautiful shiny egg, which hatches a little duckling. Of course, the duckling destroys rabbit’s meticulously-organized dwelling, making a mess of everything…. 

Making Digital Footprints

Last weekend I went ATVing in the forest with my daughter. We followed several trails, turned left here, then took a right at the next fork. I kept trying to memorize the trees and paths we followed, but when we turned around to go back, I quickly realized that I… 

The Art of Missing Out

Today’s news feeds and social media streams do a great job of telling us what’s going on in the world right now. The appeal of refreshing our feeds and tuning into broadcasts is their promise to keep us “in the know”, and let us know what the world cares about… 

A Fresh Pair of Eyes

The most exciting thing I’ve done in quite a while is drive through an automatic car wash. I know you’re thinking. A carwash is “just a carwash”, but maybe that’s you’ve never driven through one with small kids.. Recently I took my 6- and 2-year-old daughters through an automatic carwash…. 

Print’s Finest Hour

We get a bundle of flyers at our doorstep every week. I call this our “fire-starter delivery service”. Paper flyers feel like a waste of time, trees and ink. In the past, we printed things on paper because that was what we had. Paper was the best way to share… 

Concerning the Planting of Trees

The first house we bought came with an un-landscaped yard. Over the course of a few years we covered the barren clay with grass, a small garden, and a few bushes and trees. As we stuck those first little sticks into the ground, we laughed, knowing that these little trees… 

Who’s it for?

Often as designers we start a project by looking at the latest design trends, or by trying to mimic the coolest new website that all the other designers are talking about. Too often, the user’s needs take a back seat to our need to flex our design-trend muscles. Often we… 

Building, Gardening and the Development of the Web

In a recent interview, Paul Coelho drew a contrast between building and gardening. When you construct a building, you essentially build it and leave it. Buildings require some attention once they’re built, but usually only when something’s broken. Gardens, on the other hand, require constant attention. You can’t just build…