Graphic design & communications lab

We care about design and communication stuff. This is a place where we test things, and make notes.

Gardening and watching things grow.

Curious about design

We do this because we’re curious about various online publishing tools and techniques and we care about user experience, readability, information architecture and accessibility.

Design and communications

Ongoing study of microplastics in Okanagan Lake being conducted with community collaboration

Jun 1, 20226 min read

In what we hope will be a watershed moment for raising awareness of microplastics and their impact on both our local freshwater and downstream environments, several community partners (including myself)…

How to understand police violence

Mar 23, 20225 min read

Amidst the grief, disbelief and justified outrage at the killing of African Americans, many people want to make sense of what appears to be senseless police mayhem and violence. The…

You bought it, but do you own it?

Mar 1, 20221 min read

This discussion of ownership, values, and digital property is great. Deeplink, EFF

Removing background noise in Audacity

Jan 27, 20221 min read

I always forget how to do this! Select some sample noiseSelect Effect > Noise ReductionClick on Get Noise ProfileSelect all of the trackSelect Effect > Noise ReductionSet your configurations6-12 on…

Well designed scissors

Jan 3, 20221 min read

Sometimes things that look simple, just aren’t. It’s fascinating to me that there’s a team of putter togetherers. Learn more about Ernest Wright scissors.

An ode to obsolescence

Nov 22, 20211 min read

They say you’re too old. (In dog years, you’re barely a teenager.) They say the firmware can no longer be updated. They say your apps can no longer be supported.…