Change of pace

I had gotten so used to being reactive at Intuit.  The phone would ring, the email would arrive, the meetings would be scheduled.  I only had time to "work" in between these hectic moments.  So much so, that I had to avoid some meetings (Like the dreaded PELT) to actually get some work done.  Now,…

Bread / First Day

Yesterday, I went to get some bread.  I said, "A two and a half pound sourdough, sliced please."  Matthew was in my arms and pointed out his index finger high in the air and yelled, "SCUSE ME ONE MINUTE! SCUSE ME ON MINUTE!"The lady smiled at him and said, "Yes?  Matt perked up and said,…

The Deal

I made a deal with one of the most talented designers I know. He asked that his name be changed, to protect the innocent.  We shall call him Kedalsen Sirhc. (aka CBOT) The Deal: Whoever makes 20 million first has to give the other 1 million dollars. Can’t use the money on hookers in Vegas.  I am…

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Omission

In my previous ‘2 weeks’ post, I neglected to mention Eric Yeh and Steve Lam.  I probably forgot them because I am still emotionally scarred from them making fun of my clothes, hair and gut. However, I just want to let them know, I liked working with them better than I liked working with Vasu. …

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2 weeks

I gave notice to Intuit yesterday.  It is a sad moment for me.  There are some people there that I will miss terribly.  There have been a few people throughout my career that I have just loved working with.Ben Nadel, Tom Quaile, Sean Zimmerman, Florence Tang, Bill Mirbach, Chris Nesladek. These are people I consider…

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Prognosticating

Quicken just launched their new site.  I had nothing to do with it.  Sapient did pretty much all the work.  As an optimist, I wanted them to succeed, but looking at the site, I have trouble getting over some significant issues.  Task completion was definetely not a major part of the thought process.  The amount…

Intuit.com Account Management

Some of my work launched today on Intuit.com.  All of the account management features have had an overhaul.  Some improvements: New design makes a frame around account management to clearly identify it Dynamic error messaging/field validation. Better Credit Card Info Management. Order Status/History page redesign. Email template enhancements. Better workflow. Bigger buttons! We eliminated a…

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Bad Week

Having a bad week.  My HTML/CSS is looking ragged.  My head is distracted.  Lots of negative interactions.  It has been hard to keep my head up.  The beard has grown back, which is a good thing, I think.  (Tangent – Remember in The Tick, when the mustache attached itself to the Tick and spoke in…

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Business Writing

There was this award at work. Everyone had to nominate another person and say why they thought that person embodied the corporate values. The Intuit values are actually pretty interesting. I did not win the award, but rather, my nomination was the winning one. Everyone mentioned the quality of the writing as an important factor.…

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Work Update and Peeing

Work has been really frenetic. So many different projects and so much to do. I got approval to hire and manage a web developer to free up some of my time to work more on Information Architecture and UI Design. The guy we hired was offered alot of money from his previous employer to stay,…

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Work News

Normally, I try to post as little content about work as possible. Although this blog is designed for my kids to read when they are older, it is still accessible by the public and therefore I believe saying little about work is prudent. You never know how information persists. With that said… Today is my…

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Memory Lane in the Web Archive

A trip down memory lane. Our first Grainger UI. This the famous “first” global/local navigation site for a big company.Original Commadot.comThe infamous Vagina site for Vday. And my personal favorite Flash intro with “Do Right” audio. Silly Koko thank you.GE Medical Systems. The template that saved the day.Christmas for Reader’s Digest. How two Jewish New…

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Business Trip Again

Once again, I find myself in Las Vegas waiting to board a flight to Dallas. Being away from the family stinks. Jared’s tummy still hurts. I miss them already and the week has barely begun. I am on hold on my cell phone, trying to type with one hand. I do not want to be…

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Work I Love to do

What is Interaction Design? What is Information Architecture? What is Product Management? What is Requirements Analysis? These are the things I do to earn money for my family. But I love doing them, as well. The thing I love best is solving a problem in an elegant way. It is a wonderful feeling to look…

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