Introducing PARSE: Relevant Info for Designers

HOW has teamed up with noted designers and educators (and HOW Advisory Board members) Jenn and Ken Visocky O’Grady on a new blog called Parse, which launches today.

Parse aims to make sense of issues and information relevant to design practitioners, regardless of the disciplines they work in. Parse makes big ideas useful, actionable and applicable. It distills jargon, reduces complexity, pares words, omits gobbledygook. It’s open-source, approachable and friendly.

Parse covers critical topics in the areas of business development, professional development and personal development. It presents focused, practical insights contributed by established design leaders. With brief articles—500 words—and supplemental links, graphics and tips, Parse gets quickly to the point and provides easy access to additional information. New articles will be added twice a week.

Initial contributors include veteran design-firm principals Peleg Top, Marcia Hoeck and Stefan Mumaw, business consultant David C. Baker, and Ian Dapot of IDEO. Parse aims to be a community where other experienced designers can contribute articles and comment on posts, furthering the dialog.

Parse is the brainchild of Jenn and Ken Visocky O’Grady. Jenn is an Associate Professor at Cleveland State University. Ken is an Associate Professor at Kent State University. They are also founders and partners at the Cleveland-based design firm, Enspace. They are the co-authors of The Information Design Handbook and A Designer’s Research Manual, which is the basis for the research questions on the Canadian Registered Graphic Designers Qualification Examination. Both are members of HOW’s Board of Advisors, and have contributed to HOW magazine and spoken at HOW Design Conferences.

Parse also serves as an information hub connected with HOW’s Mind Your Own Business Conference for creative-firm principals, October 12–14 in New York.

We welcome contributions from practicing designers—if you’d like to add your voice, ideas and writing to Parse, please contact us!