Things Change, Yet Not Necessarily a Bad Thing

TreesNew projects at work! Back to school! “New” apartment! New month! And pumpkin flavored everything is back!

Change is actually good for us (just keep telling yourself that). This isn’t the defeatist change of “Well, nothing lasts forever,” but it’s the change of turnover, of freshness, of new ideas and new sights and new relationships. Take my workplace: We’re pretty innovative and highly successful, and it’s because we don’t sit still. We’re constantly thinking, trying new things, give new projects to different people, and it’s all for the betterment of our organization and our product. It’s interesting how in certainly areas of life we say, “Let’s do something new!” where in other areas we say, “I want it to stay the same!” I’m like that way at work. I want to do new things and try new ideas out. I want to be creative and, well, create! I want to explore new avenues of doing things. Continue reading

Solving Design and Communication Problems

One of the questions I’m looking at right now for the website I run for work is this: How do you take a website that has eighty thousand million pieces of information on it – all relevant – and make that website easy to navigate, with the information easy to find, and with everything just a couple intuitive clicks away?

Yeah I don’t know either.

Here’s a few things I’m going to look at:

- Text: Maybe edit the text way down to tell only the necessary information? Would that come across too clumsy or obviously edited? And we need all the text anyhow.

- Menus: Would it be worth it to highly menu-ize the whole thing? Break it down into menu by menu by menu?

- Better homescreens: I love JetBlue’s website’s stripped-down, icon-heavy design (especially this page). It provides a good landing page to then dig deeper into more info.

- More white space: To keep with JetBlue, they have a BUNCH of info on some of their pages, but it’s spread out and accessible. It’s not overwhelming.

I’m going to do some research on this and I’ll let you know what I find!

I’m Forever Connected to Southern California Now

oceanTwo years ago I helped plant a church in Boston with 25 Californians who moved out for the occasion (I moved from Upstate NY). Many of those Californians became close friends, and by virtue of being friends with someone you hear their stories, which all had the backdrop of Southern California. This past weekend I had the chance to visit Southern California for the first time, to attend the bridal shower of one of those close California friends. I got to see the places where she grew up, the places I had only heard about in stories. I got to meet her friends and family, whom I had only heard about in stories. Continue reading

Discussing Christians in the City

Over at his blog, Kevin DeYoung has a post on Christians and cities that has sparked some good thought and feedback. It’s called Evangelicals and Cities: A Discussion in Need of Clarity and addresses what we mean when we talk about “urban centers.” Tim Keller has already done a lot of work here, but the conversation is always worth bringing up – especially as I am a Christian in a big city! Here’s some of my response:

Glad you’re thinking about these things! … We’re a BIG church in Boston (250 people is big for a non-denominational in Boston) made up of 20-somethings who are working and studying in the city, who live in the city, who hang out at local coffee shops and interact with the community and are artists and doctors and teachers and baristas and musicians and PhD students. How do we bring the Gospel to the places in the city where we live and work and hang out? That’s urban ministry for us, and that’s how I see Boston being affected.

Epic Walk Project

The other day I found myself walking down a street in Boston I had never been on before. Now, I’ve walked Boston – you’ve seen #epicwalk – so it was a surprising but new experience for me. I thought, I should keep track of where I walk in Boston, and make sure that my path covers every street in this town. Thus the Epic Walk Project was born.

I started YESTERDAY, so I’m not retroactively filling in everywhere I’ve been. Here’s my stats so far (click in for a big pic):