XO Music Discovery App Design

Working on the premise that discovering new music is hard. I designed XO to make that discovery as simple as possible; just listen. If you want to interact, you can. If you want more depth in what is or is not surfaced to you; that control is there too. If you want to know more about the music you’re listening to or share it or save it for later, all there. But not omnipresent like me/ share me/ do whatever buttons in your face. Simply, easily, discover music how you want to.

If you happen to be an investor or music company and would like to fund the development of this project please let me know.

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LinkedIn Jobs App Critique

When you’re looking for a new job you will probably start to hate applying and look for easier methods. According to linkedin: “applicants who apply to job opportunities on the first day they’re posted are 10% more likely to land the job.” The Jobs app is their take on solving some of those problems and help job seekers stay on top of their employment search. While my general review is that it works as a decent minimum viable product; I think it still has some problems to tackle. I guess the app has interesting challenges for the LinkedIn designers who are (hopefully happily) employed and have to try to put themselves in the mindset of someone looking for a new position.

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Suing in Civil Court

Not a recommended experience due to having to see the person you’re suing. I did feel rushed at the end due to the court running out of time. But overall the court staff and judge were pleasant, accommodating, and generally seem to understand that it’s a difficult situation for everyone.

Oh, and you get to dress up in the monkey suit; always a treat in a town where a t-shirt and hoodie are considered business casual (thanks Zuck).

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Design Process

When interviewing for design positions, wether they are contract jobs or full time positions, the question of design process usually comes up. And while asking the question may lead to an interesting discussion, my answers seem, to me, to broad and vague (conceptualization, research, design, refine..  repeat) or drastically to detailed for a phone screen. So, this is going to be an experiment of my process for designing a mobile app. Hopefully delving into the details ‘a bit’ more than is reasonable for a quick interview question and seeing the real thought processes that go into a reasonably simple project.

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Give me justice or give me death.

Immediately after being assaulted by David Allen, David B., and Donald Rizzo, I was sat up from being unconscious on the sidewalk by SFPD officers. I was handcuffed and fully restrained, seated with my face pushed against my knees looking East down the 18th st. sidewalk. I could see some officer talking to Pauline Zebrowski and various other people.

The INSTANT I knew there were police officers present I did exactly as my father had told me to do when I was a little kid and he was an NYPD Officer (Ret. Deputy Inspector, 30+ years of service). Specifically, follow all instructions given, inform them that my dad is NYPD, and ask for a lawyer. I did just that. First, no instructions to follow were given. I was completely restrained, just awoken from a brutal assault and had clearly visible bleeding head injuries (even according to police reports), any movement I made was done by the officers holding me in place. I said “my dad is NYPD”.

To which the officers responded “NYPD ISN’T GONNA HELP YOU HERE.”

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San Francisco Architecture Tour

People seem to think of the “Painted Ladies” when they talk about SF tourist spots and interesting houses to see. But the reality is that the painted ladies are in disgusting state of disrepair. I thought I’d make a list of prettier houses to see in SF. Many of which are hidden on side streets and fully residential areas that most people wouldn’t happen upon by themselves.

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