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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.

Does the typeface really matter?

I was reading a book recently, For the Time Being by Annie Dillard. When I got to the last page I discovered a note – right-aligned – from the book designer. It read: A Note on the type The text of this book was set in a typeface called Baker… 

The ball’s in your court

Good tennis players can bat the ball back and forth endlessly. As long as neither player makes an error or takes a chance, the ball will stay in play, but the game won’t make any progress. Watch all agonizing 1:40 of this longest rally in Grand Slam history. 71 shots… 

What you need is here

The words from Berry’s beautiful poem have been resonating with me. What you need is here. What you’re looking for isn’t in tomorrow or some day. Not in a new house or outfit. Not in a new job or income bracket. Not in your screens or daydreams. Not in the… 

How to Draw (lessons from a 7-year-old)

I don’t draw well. But I’m learning, thanks to my 7-year-old. When I was a kid, I drew all the time. I drew animals, hockey players (goaltenders sporting 90s Jets gear was my specialty), just about anything. I enjoyed the life of a prodigy artist and drew for the adoring… 

Naming the Dust Bunnies

We recently welcomed our third child into the world, making life exciting, rich, and also messy. Actually, the past few months have been a process of turning our house upside down, re-organizing beds, bedrooms and clothing to make room for a newborn, and there’s no promise of it being turned… 

Consider the Birds

“Consider the birds,” a wise man once said. So I did. My daughters, wife and I, over breakfast on this springtime morning watched our backyard, and considered the birds. Chickadees, juncos, house sparrows and finches. Magpies, grackles, crows and jays. Robins, flickers, a song sparrow. At least I think it… 

It’s Always Impossible

Until it’s not. Do you remember when Tony Hawk landed his first 900? Millions of people, including myself, watched history get made in real-time during the 1999 X-Games when Tony tried and tried and tried again (10 failed attempts in all) to land the first 900 degree spin (that’s 2-and-a-half… 

Gifts and Graces

What do you notice? What do you pay attention to? Most of us, most of the time, are paying attention to the time (or lack of it), the thing we’re stressing over, or the thing that’s undone. That’s how we’re wired. We’re good at spotting danger and conflict, and paying… 

Is it well-considered?

If you’re a parent, you know how this goes. You’re in the middle of grocery shopping, speeding between the bakery and the milk cooler when your 3-yr-old looks up at you urgently: “Daddy, I have to go to the bathroom.” Mission aborted, new mission! Suddenly your urgent objective is to… 

The Trouble with Technology

We like to say that we live in an era of progress and innovation. The devices in our pockets have offered us new ways to communicate, make beautiful things and connect with people. I love technology (but not as much as you, you see). I spend most of my day…