Happy anniversary to Jaws and Chinatown!

I found out, to my amazement, that two of my favorite movies were released on the same date, one year apart (in 1974 and 1975). That date is today, June 20th. Chinatown was, and is, a seminal work rich with…

Building a pattern library for fun and profit

One of the most beneficial activities you can do on a large design project (especially if it’s a web application) is to define a pattern library. This architectural document details the framework that all the UI screens and screen elements…

Happy 30th anniversary Ghostbusters!

Hard to believe, but 30 years ago this weekend Ghostbusters was released, a movie that many expected to bomb. Well, it didn’t, and the monster hit became a permanent part of our pop culture (and one of my favorite films). To celebrate, here’s Ray Parker Jr. ripping off Huey Lewis…

The presentation style of Don Draper

The latest episode of Mad Men had a great exchange between Peggy Olsen and Don Draper, where she finally asks Don “Teach me. Tell me how you do it.” Don responds in a bemused way, as Peggy tells him her…