May 14, 2005

Master of Design

This is my last entry for this blog, as today I am no longer a master's candidate, I am a Master of Design. This isn't a boast; it's my degree: M.Des. And today I will walk across a stage and be handed my diploma and my graduate studies will officially end. I hope you'll move over to my other blog and follow my adventures at Adaptive Path and beyond.

Last night, a group of us went out together with our families for a pre-celebration, and tonight, on this rainy Saturday in Pittsburgh, I'll do it again with just my family, my friend Jeff Howard, and my advisor Shelley Evenson. I'm sure we'll raise a glass and toast CMU.

What Dick Buchanan said on the first day of school is ringing in my ears: "We will teach you to do design so well that we will, at the end of two years, call you a master of it." And so it has come to pass. I hope you've enjoyed reading this blog, especially those of you who have been following it since the beginning. I'm glad to have done it--almost as glad as I am to finish it.

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April 03, 2005

Frequent Fliers

My classmates and I are scattered across the country these days, with job interviews and a handful of people presenting at CHI. The list of companies that people are talking to is impressive, a partial Who's Who of Interaction Design: Adaptive Path, Agnew Moyer Smith, Apple, Cooper, Google, IDEO, Microsoft, Motorola, Razorfish, Samsung, Sapient, Smart Design, and Yahoo. I wish us all luck.

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February 27, 2005

First Picked

Elizabeth has accepted a job as a designer at Google. She's the first one of us to accept an offer. Congrats to her!

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February 07, 2005

Year of the Rooster Patriots

One of the great side benefits of my program is that it attracts a fair number of international students and people of fairly diverse backgrounds, so you learn about lots of different cultures and their traditions and celebrations. Yesterday, some of the Asian students who celebrate Chinese/Vietnamese New Year--Phi-Hong Ha, Yuan-Chou Chung, Pen-Fan Sun, and Chun-Yi Chen--threw a New Year's Party, complete with traditional Chinese and Vietnamese foods and candies.

Adding to the party was the fact that it was also Super Bowl Sunday, so the game was projected onto a wall, six feet high. Football and spring rolls...tasty!

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November 10, 2004

Classmates 04-05

Pictures and bios of my fellow classmates are now finally up online: master's candidates in interaction design, master's candidates in communication planning and information design, and PhDs in design.

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October 17, 2004


On Friday, most of the second-year students gathered at my classmate and friend Ashwini Asokan's apartment to celebrate the Indian festival of Navarathri. By celebrating, I mean eating a ton of food that Ashwini and some of her friends made especially for us and for the festival. I had to roll myself out of there.

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October 11, 2004

Political Party

Hong has posted up some pictures from when we gathered to watch the first presidential debate at her apartment. Most of us were flush left.

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