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Originally hailing from Saskatchewan, Canada, Stephen now calls Oklahoma City home. He works at Oklahoma Christian University as a web designer. Some people call him crazy, but he prefers to be called "eccentric" because it makes him sound rich.

"Death by Ballpoint" does not refer to killing people with ballpoint pens. It refers to Stephen's love of all things creative, much as "Death by Chocolate" refers to a love of chocolate.

The views expressed in "Death By Ballpoint" are not necessarily shared by anyone in the world, including Stephen's employer (Please don't fire me, OC - I love you).

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

QR Code Bookmarklet

QR This Page’s Address

Drag the above link to your bookmarks bar. When you click on it later, it will generate a QR code for whatever page you’re on that can be read by an iPhone or other cell phone, and save you the trouble of manually typing the address into your phone.

Update: Someone already made a better version of this last April.  I should Google before I post these things.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

OC Redesign - c. 2008

The last month or two I’ve been working on creating a new design for the OC home page, Admissions site, and whatever other designs are going to be based on those.  Doing this all over again reminds me of the fun time I had doing this 2+ years ago when we did our last major redesign (we launched in May 2008).  Now that it’s been a few years and my old designs are outdated (and unlikely to be stolen), I thought it would be fun to revisit what might have been.  Because I was fairly inexperienced, I went with the “shotgun” approach to design and tried to push things in multiple directions to see what would stick (based on the opinions of my bosses and focus groups of prospective students).  This took a long time, but in the end I think it paid off.

All of these have lame code names, because I had to call the files something and it helped to keep them straight.

“Clean Blue”



“Piece of Paper”

“Simple Horizontal”


“Motorcycle Gang” - This one may look slightly familiar because it eventually became….

“Carbonated” - The final design.

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Drowning Child vs. Shoes

I just came across this thought experiment today and thought it was fascinating (and very challenging).  Seth Godin is usually a marketing genius, but today’s blog post was a different kind of genius.

Peter Singer is famous for posing a stunningly difficult question, paraphrased as, ‘If you are walking by a pond and you see a child drowning, do you save her? What if it means ruining a very fancy pair of Italian shoes?’ Okay, if we assume the answer is yes, then why not spend the cost of those shoes to save 20 kids who are starving to death across town or the world? There’s really no difference. Or by, extension, invest in research or development that solves a problem forever… The issues are proximity and attention.”

Read the whole article by Seth Godin.

Italian shoes

In the rest of the article, which is really worth a read, Seth asks the question “where do you draw the line?”  Logically, if you missing out on a small luxury could save the life of a child, shouldn’t you give up all luxuries and save a lot of children? Maybe you’d prefer to limit the amount you give to a certain percentage of your income? Maybe you only feel charitable toward people who live in your own country? People in your own family? Where is the line between “us” and “them?”

“If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”
1 John 3:17-18

God, forgive us when we’re rich jerks and choose luxuries over people.

Photo courtesy of somebody on Flickr.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Rock Band Drums

Rock Band drum set. Brush and ink (brown, red, and black) in watercolor Moleskine sketchbook. Color accents in colored roller pen.

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