James Buckhouse

Born on horseback, active in the art world, wrote a book on fashion, used to make movies for DreamWorks and Black-Ops @Twitter. Now: Design Story @Sequoia.


Story Map

Rise from pixel-pusher to a product visionary with a new type of design document called a “story map.”

What is a story map?


If you can draw these three shapes, you can draw the Internet

Learn to draw what you mean; here’s how.

A pencil takes just a moment to learn, but a lifetime to…


The Invisible Hand

Whether or not you agree we are living in a Golden Age of Design, it is nearly impossible to live a life free of it; design’s invisible hand touches nearly all with its long…


Turn your Medium post into an 8-page mini-book with one sheet of paper


I wanted a way to give someone a favorite Medium post as a physical object. Like a mini-book, but without the…

Publications edited by James Buckhouse

#DesignStory is a process to unify your team, entice consumers, delight investors and intrigue the press through strategic story.

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Night music

A place to stash your reference materials. Open to all  

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How to win a grant

Human Experience Design

Pixels and the Human Condition

Neck deep in the design of a black-ops project — the type of project where you don’t talk about it until it’s done…


Sensorium: Towards a Total Art


Like a typographer who conjures letterforms by sculpting the points of a curve around a conceptual space, I stood at my drafting table and drew and redrew the…


Friends and Strangers

Nearly every day I paint a portrait of a stranger.

I always ask first, snap a photo for reference, and then paint back in my studio. I do it to as a…

Highlighted by James Buckhouse


    How to create a color story

    Apply cinematic color theory to your app, product, or startup.

    A global fellowship of artists


    Inside Sequoia’s Creative Lab

    One-by-one tomorrow’s most compelling designers have started to march through the doors of 3000 Sand Hill Road to join me for short-term, fast-paced, one-on-one…


    Story Map

    Rise from pixel-pusher to a product visionary with a new type of design document called a “story map.”

    What is a story map?


    Pull the dawn from the night

    How to lead a creative life


    Between the raunch and pomp but before the terror, court life in France made today’s rock-n-roll lifestyle…