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Speaking on Apps..

I’m thrilled to announce that Refresh Detroit has kindly asked me to speak December 12 in Ann Arbor Michigan. The title of the talk is “Your First Web Application, from Design to Launch” As you might have guessed, I’ll be talking about the process of planning, designing, and building applications. If you’re in the Southern… Read This Article

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Advice To An Old Friend

I once had a friend approach me for design advice. He was a much better programmer then than I am today, and a really nice guy. He hadn’t been exposed to design like a lot of us had, and the internet was still rather young at the time. He showed me his design and asked… Read This Article

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ArtisanJS Versus The Printer

I was so proud, I finished up a piece of art in ArtisanJS that I really loved and wanted to print. So, I found a printer and started thinking about what I’d need to give them to make something better than a digital print. After a minute of thinking about it, the reality of the… Read This Article

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The Internet, Petitions, And Ethics

I’m not for censorship, especially when it comes to the internet. There are plenty of things I wish weren’t on the internet, but that’s not really the point of this article. But I’m also not in favor of infringing on people’s rights either. That’s what this article is about. I received an email from the… Read This Article

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The waterfall at Brown County State Park

Brown County State Park and Cataract Falls, Indiana

Last weekend my wife, daughter, and I took a hike through Brown County State Park in Southern Indiana. During most of the trip it was rainy and humid, so I didn’t dare bring out the camera for risk of ruining it. When the rain wasn’t much of a threat I was able to snap a… Read This Article

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Dribbble and Criticism

Andy Mangold wrote a very thought-filled article about why Dribbble isn’t a platform for critique. If you haven’t read it, go check that out before continuing. All done? I’ll go on. Certainly there is some merit to what Andy wrote, and obviously there are others who feel the same way about it. In regards to… Read This Article

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In Defense of Instagram and Faux-Vintage Photos

I think it’s hard for people to really know what to think about Instagram and faux-vintage photos in general. On the one hand, you have professionals who look down on Instagrammed photos, and the people who take them. Meanwhile, millions of people are snapping photos and posting them to Instagram as I write this, some… Read This Article

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On Music, SOPA, PIPA, Piracy and Record Labels

First and foremost, as a musician and artist I understand the outrage that some musicians and artists have about SOPA and PIPA being killed. Those bills, in the way they were presented by their supporters, soothe the fears of those who have had their work pirated. But they weren’t the answer, just like most things… Read This Article

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It's What Friends Are For

I was tasked with designing a flier, advertising some speakers from Bulgaria. So I said on Twitter and Facebook in what I imagined to be a very Martin Short-esque tone: “So I’m asking myself, what font just screams “Bulgaria!”?” But I should have known that one of my friends, in this case Bob Kennedy, would… Read This Article

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About David Brooks

David Brooks is the owner of the small creative studio, Northward Compass, based out of Orlando, Florida. He writes electronic and ambient music as Light The Deep, and fantasy stories about a place called Elerien.

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