Welcome to my personal website!
I’m a designer (in the “identifying and solving human problems” sense, not the “make things look cool” sense).
Professionally, I specialize in digital product design for technical applications. Keming Labs is my consulting firm.
Personally, I practice industrial design and architecture, in Stewart Brand’s “Low Road” sense.
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What Kevin is doing now
I’m currently in Queenstown, New Zealand working on:
- Subform, a CAD-inspired UI design tool that I’m building with Ryan Lucas
- SketchSystems, an interactive playground about designing system behavior (with Ryan Lucas and Nicki Vance)
- Finda, a recognition-based, information-dense computer interface to end the tyranny of GUI windows, tabs, and useless hierarchy
I’m currently not working on (but may pick up later):
- Designing a workshop: I decided to postpone a summer 2017 build to focus on Subform
- Speaking at conferences: After 20+ talks across 8 countries, I’m taking a break
- Artisanal cell phone: I have a working prototype, but am currently stuck on aesthetic challenges
I update this section on a monthly basis. Last updated: 2018 May 15.
- SketchSystems, a playground for designing system behavior (2017 April–present)
- Subform (formerly “BoxBox”), a digital design tool (2015 June–present)
- Moneyhawk, a personal finance tracker (2017 January–present)
- Phonetron, an artisinal milled walnut + leather cell phone (2014 July–2015 May)
- Denizen, a user management service (2014 August–2015 June)
- Difftron, an image-diffing integration testing tool (2014 June–2014 October)
- Variance, grammar of graphics HTML data visualization (2014 April–2015 December)
- Weathertron, another iOS weather app (2013 June–present)
- The DevOp, guides/software for computering hygiene (2013 March–present)
- Weather Table, an iOS weather app (2012 December–2013 June)
- C2, a ClojureScript data visualization library (2012 March–2016 March)
- Kindle Games, developing apps for the black and white second generation Kindle (2012)
- See my Github homepage for a comprehensive list of my open source work
Woodworking / Architecture projects
- Stool-a-thon, a month-long celebration of stools + using up scrap lumber (2017 July)
- Workshop, designing and building a workshop (2016 July–2017 April)
- LSL cabinet, exposed framing meets in-wall storage (2016 May)
- Laser-cut tetrominoes, an excuse to learn SolidWorks (2015 January–2015 February)
- Looking at a Volvo, thoughts on a $50k station wagon
Please get in touch!
I love to hear from people, especially if I can help with their projects or careers! Please email me if you:
- want more details about any of my projects (tech implementation, business strategy, etc.)
- would like an introduction to someone (e.g. visualization/statistics, functional programming, or software design experts; investors in those domains)
- want feedback on something you’re making
If you think it’s weird to email people you don’t know — it’s not! Some of the best relationships I have, business and personal, started when one of us reached out to the other for help on a project, thoughts on a problem, or just coffee! So, if you’re considering emailing, please do it!
For best results, see Patrick McKenzie’s tips for emailing busy people.