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Director, Product Design at @HBOMax, formerly @TEDTalks. Writer everywhere. Autism dad always. Better after a nap.
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HBO Max

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2022
May 04, 2022
May 04, 2022
Our team put in a monumental effort in the past year. Nice to see it recognized with another Webby and People's Choice Awards for Best Streaming Service. 
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Apr 28, 2022
Apr 28, 2022
How much of a productivity nerd am I? My monthly productivity budget is a pie chart in this Protocol article
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Mar 08, 2022
Mar 08, 2022
This morning we launched in 15 more countries, bringing our global total to 61. 
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Feb 25, 2022
Feb 25, 2022
I love the Postlight Podcast. I love talking about onboarding. It's like that old commercial when the chocolate gets in the peanut butter to make a Reese's peanut butter cup. Have a listen, let me know what you think.
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Feb 16, 2022
Feb 16, 2022
The first edition of the Information Design Workbook featured a project I’d directed for NRDC over 15 years ago. Now, the latest edition of the Information Design Workbook contains work from my tenure as Director of Experience Design at TED. 

I’m honored and grateful to have projects I contributed to featured in such an outstanding compendium of design. What I love most about this book is that it’s so much more than case studies. It’s part history, part theory, and part instruction. Unlike other books on the same topic, it’s wide-ranging, encompassing information design in all forms of media. 

Kim Baer, the book’s author, eschews the academic’s dry approach to her subject in favor of a more pragmatic, hands-on analysis and critique, rich in imagery and insight. No surprise, since she’s a practitioner herself, leading the L.A.-based design studio, KBDA. 

All of which is to say: if you love information design, or just want to learn more, grab a copy and let me know what you think.  
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Jan 26, 2022
Jan 26, 2022
The HBO Max app made it to the number one position in the App Store.  A lot of hard work from our team, with much more to do. 
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