Design spells destiny.
“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.”
—William Blake, Augeries of Innocence (c. 1803)
What exists beyond our mere shadows? How can we grasp our place in the continuum of history's unfolding triumphs and abominable tragedies? What does it mean to design and present new problems and answers? How can we be better stewards of our planet as designers and make our work more meaningful for the people and crises to come?
These are some of the questions that challenge me and cut across my work and research. I call this site "A—B" because it's what I know. (I am leaving "C—Z" to others.) This website houses some of my work and meditations on design and its correspondence with history, environment, consciousness and theory.
I am a designer who runs a studio in Canada called Manoverboard whose mission is to help organizations drive social change through design. Manoverboard is a Certified B Corporation and serves clients throughout the world. The whole shebang began in 2002 out of my Brooklyn apartment.
In addition to managing the studio, I design, draw and write. I am slowly working on a book on design consciousness. I teach design at the University of Manitoba and recently taught at Red River College in Winnipeg.
What else? I cut my design teeth creating Barneys New York’s first e-commerce site. I hold a B.A. from Brown University and an M.F.A. from SUNY Albany. I received a Fulbright Fellowship and a NYFA Fellowship. I worked at The Rockefeller Foundation for a while.
It took about 13.8 billion years for me to get to this sentence. In this next sentence, you might email me.