I work on time4thinkers.com and christianscience.com. My main focus it the overall experience users have on the sites combining visual/inteaction design, content strategy, and information architecture.
I usually go to church in Cambridge, Mass. And sometimes the noon service at The Mother Church in Boston. I like to visit local churches whenever possible when I'm traveling.
|Why I'm A Christian Scientist||
Nothing else challenges me as much to think deeply, to get outside of myself, to have a Principle to live by. Nothing else really gets below the surface and makes sense of existence, materiality, the human and the divine. Without Christian Science, life is an inexplicable mystery.
|Interests and Hobbies||
Design Ã¢â‚¬â€ doing it, thinking about it, talking about it with others, reading about it, studying it, walking around and seeing it. Photography Ã¢â‚¬â€ taking pictures of interesting stuff with a DSLR, or old film camera or (usually) iPhone; lots of Hipstamatic and Instagram. Collecting stuff Ã¢â‚¬â€ License plates; old bottles, old car parts, coffee cups, scraps of paper and printed material; old cars Ã¢â‚¬â€ most of which eventually ends up in some kind of art assemblage or collage. Building stuff with Lego (brilliant design). Occasional road trips. Exploring big cities and little towns. Long hikes where I can disconnect and think. Mountainbiking especially if thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a practical outcome like getting somewhere that way instead of by car. Slowly learning/practicing guitar.
Mainly books that make me think on design, art, history, science, philosophy, etc. Not novels so much, but a select few. Top books I can think of right now: Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, the Bible (usually KJV, but I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mind others), Miscellaneous Writings (which is like Mary Baker EddyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s blog), DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t Make me Think, Outliers, Blink, Subject to Change, Grown Up Digital, What Would Google Do? On the Road, The Problem of Pain, The Great Divorce, No Shortcuts to the Top, Sparkle, Dr. SuessÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Sleep Book, Six Thinking Hats, Kurt Vonnegut, Tolkien
What I like most is movies that deal with the human condition in some way and generally tell a story of salvation or revelation or regeneration in some way. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mind gritty and real, but I have no interest in what Eckhart Tolle refers to as Ã¢â‚¬Å“pain bodiesÃ¢â‚¬Â or to put it another way, entertaining a mortal sense of life. Tender Mercies, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Fighter, Moneyball, The KingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Speech, Tree of Life, Another Earth, The Sound of Music, 21 Grams,
WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s on my playlist (and I mean that figuratively because some of itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tape or vinyl Ã¢â‚¬â€ oh yeah and CD Ã¢â‚¬â€ or all of the above): Grateful Dead, U2, Alanis Morissette, Pat Metheny, Miles Davis, Red Hot Chili Peppers, ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s About Good, Alex Cook, Michelle Armstrong, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, REM, Pearl Jam, Steely Dan, John Coltrane, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Elton John, Mozart, Beethoven, Bartok, Britten, Django Reinhardt, Bon Iver, Crooked Still
To be in the moment Ã¢â‚¬â€ the REAL moment. To unself myself. To learn something every day. To sleep as little as possible.
|Things I Think Most About||
How design can add meaning to any experience. WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s real and whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not How the human condition can be improved through spiritual vision, not as a final goal, but as an indication of thought progressing toward the immortal. What it really means to BE a Christian Scientist.