With many shifting to #remoteworking , I thought it might be helpful to share some of my own personal practices I have learned over the past 6 years. If you find these helpful, please feel free to pass along! If you have a question, just let me know. A thread of quick tips /

Practice 1

Set your working hours and clearly communicate these to your team, as well as your family members. Try to stick to these hours 97% of the time. …


As a youngish Caucasian male, I have to admit that I very rarely feel in danger. But I had a unique circumstance happen to me recently, that broke out from this norm.

I had just gotten back from a work trip and hailed a Lyft at the airport. When I got into the ubiquitous prius, I was immediately met with the reek of a intoxicating substance. Though in hindsight I know I should have stepped right back out of the car, I didn’t.

It was super late at night, I was tired from traveling, and I stayed in the car.


Photo by Tyler Lastovich on Unsplash

I’m not big on new year’s resolutions. We all know they don’t work, right?

So what are you supposed to do? The new year is a special moment, no matter what anyone tells you. A fresh start. A clean slate.

I’m a goal setter. I love the process. I have often made goals for… 1 / 3 / 5 / 10 / 15 /25 / and 50 years. Aren’t many of them unreal? Sure. But I LOVE randomly finding them in past notebooks, and seeing that I have actually met many of them, like moving back to ColoRADo.

In the…


Earlier this week, I had the privelege of speaking at the funeral of one of the greatest men I have ever known, my mother’s father, always know to me as Papaw. I shared briefly the following list, which I learned mostly from the example of his life. Thank you for reading.

There is a time for everything — mourning, laughing, embracing, being solemn, joyfulness, being stern and being gentle, sowing and reaping.

Greet others with a smile, a hug, or a joke. Show them the dignity with which their creator endowed them.

Don’t take any wooden nickels… But if you…


I had not been on a multi-day backpacking trip in about 10 years, and I couldn’t think of a better trip to get back into it, then this epic Colorado back country trip with five close friends.

Maroon Bells Trailhead

An amazing 4 day / 3 night / 26 mile round trip loop, near Aspen, ColoRADo. It was epic. I hope you enjoy the pictures. I’ll be brief, but feel free to ask any questions!

Day 1

We drove away from Longmont early Thursday morning, and arrived at Aspen about noon. After riding the shuttle, we were on the trail by 1 PM.


Continued from Pt–2

Setting aside 5 mins to see what else is happening in the world at the start of each day can reap major benefits. Next to coffee, it’s one of the most important parts of my morning routine.

I was curious what works for other designers so I asked my colleagues at the Strategy+Design team about their ‘top of the morning’ feasts. Here’s what our team of UX design, research and strategy experts shared.

Hope it inspires you. Enjoy! Also, check out Part 1 and Part 2 if you missed them.

Product Hunt

A daily collection of the…


Continued from Pt–1

Setting aside 5 mins to see what else is happening in the world at the start of each day can reap major benefits. Next to coffee, it’s one of the most important part of my morning routine.

I was curious what works for other designers so I asked my colleagues at the Strategy+Design team about their ‘top of the morning’ feasts. Here’s what our team of UX design, research and strategy experts shared.

Hope it inspires you. Enjoy! Also, check out Part 1 if you missed it, and stay tuned for Part Three in the coming weeks.

Note To Self Podcast


Setting aside 5 mins to see what else is happening in the world at the start of each day can reap major benefits. Next to coffee, it’s one of the most important part of my morning routine.

I was curious what works for other designers so I asked my colleagues at the Strategy+Design team about their ‘top of the morning’ feasts. Here’s what our team of UX design, research and strategy experts shared.

Hope it inspires you. Enjoy! Also check out Part 2 of this series, and stay tuned for part three in the coming weeks.

Designer News

A daily collection of…


I took off last week for a staycation with my ever growing family, and today’s my first day back at the job.

And it’s awesome. I know it sounds cliche, but I love it.

I work with a great team and boss (http://strategyplusdesign.com/ ), producing solid work for awesome clients, and I get to do it all from my home office, perched on the second story over looking the Texas hill country. I mean, I don’t have the setup that Trent Walton does , but seriously, who does!

Life is good, and working remotely is a huge part of it.


A plea to not kill fellow humans on the road

Yesterday a local, Austin area bike commuter was killed on his way to work. 45 years old, father of four. Struck from behind by a driver who “didn’t see him while changing lanes”. No charges were pressed.

A tragedy. And one that hits very close to home.

His blog is still up, with the most recent post just a few days old. He seemed like a great guy. Lover of life. A family man. Taken too soon. I can’t imagine the grief that his family and friends are experiencing.

He even has his route posted to the site. A…

jonathan bowden

Son / husband / father / designer / inquisitor / neighbor / explorer

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