- We foster a culture that celebrates giving & helping!

I'm currently participating in Philadelphia Startup Weekend.  I successfully pitched my idea for a not for profit and we're currently hacking away on making it a reality.

We are one2many, we foster a culture that celebrates giving & helping and that inspires people to be generous & compassionate to one another.  People donate used goods to us - items like old iPhones, iPods, routers, trumpets, bunk beds, etc. - and we then give these items away to people for free, in exchange for their volunteer service participation at local organizations (Habitat for Humanity, local soup kitchens, after school reading programs and the Special Olympics).

I've been doing this by myself for the past year and have successfully created over 250 hours worth of service for local organizations with only a handful of donated items.  One participant messaged me a week after doing his service to let me know that he was so inspired by the project that he started making egg salad sandwiches for the homeless guys around his building.  Pretty awesome!

I plan on initially running this like a bootstrapped startup so we don't need tons of funding.  We do however need donated goods and we would like to give donors the additional benefit of a tax write off (which is why we want to become a 501c3).

Assistance we're looking for:
design - logo, web, print
developer - front end specifically
501c3 - any support or feedback you have! (fiscal sponsorship would rock!)
donations - used items in good, working condition (especially if you live in Philly!)
Any other support you can offer - get in touch @covercash on twitter or 

Thank you all so much for your support, I'm still floored by the amazing response to this project!!!

Dear Apple: A new way to do "new"

Scott Sanchez is encouraging me to express my UX mojo in public, so rather than sending him my ideas on google chat I'm going to blog about them.  Today it's about the "new" action that's in nearly every single iOS app.

It's different in every single iOS app.  In twitter, click the little pencil box icon at the top right.  In mail, it's at the bottom right.  In Facebook it's the 'status' button at the top middle.  There's no consistency to user experience, and that annoys me.

My solution is that Apple should create a "swipe up" gesture the same way "swipe down" in iOS5 is for notifications, swipe up will become the action in any participating app to create "new".  New tweet, new email, new facebook status message, new SMS, etc.

App developers of course can do this today without waiting for Apple, but maybe the boys in Cupertino will read this and do the right thing for iOS6. :)

Try the "swipe up" next time you want to do something "new" in one of your apps, you'll like it, and that's what UX is all about.


I'm the Don Draper of user experience.  Other people build it, I dream it.  Hire me. :)

How do you get a hold of Siri, your personal assistant?

MacRumors had an interesting article earlier today about iOS 5's new "Raise to Speak" setting which launches the Siri personal assistant app when you hold the iPhone 4S up to your ear.  The default way to launch Siri is with an extended press of the home button.  Both feel like acceptable ways to interact with a first-gen voice interface.

Later in the day I put a call to my bank on speaker phone and noticed how I was holding my iPhone as I navigated their voice tree ("PUT ME THROUGH TO A GOD DAMN REP" isn't a valid option in case you were wondering).  I was holding the phone upside down, talking directly into the mic just like I'm doing in the picture.  Whenever I talk *AT* my phone, this is the most natural way for me to hold it.  To prevent accidental activation when the phone is in a pocket or bag, require a quick tap of the volume button when the phone is turned upside down.  Apple recently repurposed a volume button to act as shutter release in the camera app so using it for something other than volume control might not be out of the question.

I also thought about having the iPhone listen for a specific voice command when turned upside down, perhaps "Siri".

::flips phone:: "Siri, do you think Apple would have users say your name every time they want to interact with you?"

"Probably not." It has a very robotic, sci-fi feel to it, something you'd expect to see in a Droid Bionic commercial.

Apple is really good at training users slowly transitioning user behaviour so expect Siri to get a more natural feel over time.

::flips phone:: "Siri, is this an acceptable way to end the post?"

"Probably not."

My new tea mug...

I picked it up at a rummage sale the local church was having. I almost didn't get it because it was priced at $0.25 which was about $0.25 more than I was willing to pay for it. Luckily they let me have it for free!

We're in Gateway country now, baby!


Posterous Spaces, eh?

So it looks like Apple pushed the update to Posterous' app before they officially announced these new Spaces...

Sent from Overcash's iPhone



My buddy came over and brought his blue laser and some liquid nitrogen.  We had science night and it was awesome.  This is the blue laser video, I also have a video of us making homemade Dip'n'Dots and shattering a frozen apple against a wall...

Delicious Test

This is just a test of some delicious food. I want to show my sister what galleries look like on posterous...