These ten ideas are bigger discussions we can have as a country rather than fighting over our core beliefs or political sides we mostly believe in.

Note: I believe and subscribe to the golden rule: One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself. It all boils down to empathizing with others.

In everything, then, do to others as you would have them do to you. For this is the essence of the Law and the prophets. Matthew 7:12

I also believe and subscribe to libertarian theory : Leave me alone and I will leave you alone.

“No one may threaten or commit violence (‘aggress’) against another man’s person or property. Violence may be employed only against the man who commits such violence; that is, only defensively against the aggressive violence of another. In short, no violence may be employed against a non-aggressor. Here is the fundamental rule from which can be deduced the entire corpus of libertarian theory.” …


The Designing of CRNT App for iOS, Watch, and Android

It’s 5:30am — the alarms goes off. I hit snooze. Then I remember the swell filled in during the night. Wondering where the best waves are going to be, I hurry out the door. Over the next hour or so I text three friends and together we check six spots. We finally make the call to surf at the break that looks the best. I have to be at work 9:00am. …

The experience of getting barreled

Everyone has things they continually think about. At any given time, I have 4–5 thoughts on my mind whether I am engulfed in them or not. Those happen to be my faith, my family, surfing, design and economics. Surfing has always resonated with me since I was a kid, but I fell out of touch with it during my college years. Living in California after college, I took surfing back up and fell back in love with it again. (Thanks to my beautiful wife who encouraged me to get back into it ).

Surfing has a lot to offer for someone like me. It has a physical and spiritual plane as well as an artistic side. Being out in the water is the closest thing to being one with nature as you’re going to get. No two waves are the same, and depending on how you ride it, it is a different expression of art. There are many different approaches to riding a wave. There is no right or wrong way; it’s about you being one with the ocean and observing what it is giving you. You also have different equipment, which changes the way you approach waves. But no matter the equipment, everyone has their own style to riding waves. …

How capitalism saved the surfboard industry.

*Monday December 5th, 2005 was a dark day at shaping bays and in surf shops around the country. Orange County-based Clark Foam — far and away the world’s largest supplier of surfboard blanks — shut its doors after over 45 years in business due to a series of ongoing environmental and safety concerns.

*It’s estimated that 90% of the world’s blanks came from Clark Foam. Sure, there are other blank manufactures in Australia and a few here in the US, but no one is prepared to deal with the huge gap left by Clark Foam’s closure. …

Transforming from a good to great designer

“All human development, no matter what form it takes, must be outside the rules; otherwise we would never have anything new.”

— Charles Kettering

1. User Experience is more than best practices

Giving people surprising and fresh experiences is more powerful than the safe approach of best practices. Take chances and surprise people — they will be the ones to spread the word because of it. If the experience is enjoyable, people will be more forgiving of an unconventional design. This does not mean to create something unusable.

2. Design for engagement instead of views

I am not interested in working on projects that use outdated browsers and so forth. I believe it is better to reach 500K viewers and have 250K of them engaged rather than 1 million viewers with 100k engaged.


Raleigh Felton

Designer learning to code.Creator of @CRNTapp building @React2app — God, Liberty, Freedom, Surf Culture, Design, HipHop, Food, Austrian Economics, & Sandwiches.

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