Hans Zimmer | The Talks

“Every single movie at one point or another presented an insurmountable problem and there’s a point where I go, ‘I have no idea how to do this.’” “That’s what we do: we try to tell a story as well as possible and try to figure out new ways that haven’t been done before.”

Interview with one of my very favorite film composers, Hans Zimmer.

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NoVA UX Celebrates Fourth Birthday


This week the NoVA UX meetup group celebrated it’s fourth birthday with our traditional cake and a great talk by Victor Yocco about using social identity theory to create more engaging digital experiences – here are more pictures from the event.

If you are interested in user experience design or any of its related disciplines, or just want to me a bunch of friendly creative folks. check out one of our upcoming monthly events.

Holmes | Soundcloud


This is a weekend project I did a few weeks ago. The concept was opening credits (usually 30 or 60 seconds) for a theoretical TV series about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and his work writing Sherlock Holmes novels. It’s scored for brass, strings and percussion (no woodwinds), and was a chance to play with Native Instrument’s Symphonic Brass and Strings libraries.

Blogging about Meetups


Four years ago I started a meetup group called NoVA UX, which brings together designers and developers in the Northern Virginia and DC Metro areas to talk about user experience design. Our group has grown tremendously over the last four years, thanks to great speakers, generous sponsors, and particularly lots of help from my co-organizers.

I thought it would be fun to share what I’ve learned with others who might be interested in organizing their own group, so I’ll be writing a series of posts about running a meetup group, as well as posts about events. More soon.


New Year, New Blog

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    Nana and Whistle

I’ve been meaning to start blogging again, but never seemed to get around to it. I blogged for several years over on blogspot, but that was almost exclusively user experience. This blog will be a little bit of everything.

For starters, I took some time off from work here at the end of the year. I tend to be bad at that – definitely one of those do as I say, not as I do kind of managers. But it’s been an amazing year at AddThis, and I’m particularly proud of a brand new product I designed called Audience Discovery that allows advertisers to build custom audience segments for digital campaigns using AddThis data from over 15 million domains.

It’s also been a great year for NoVA UX – we passed 2000 members and are coming up on our 50th event in May. We have two events in January, the first next week. More on that when I post about the event.

We added a new member to the family, a Boxer mix named Fancy who we adopted from our favorite shelter and rescue group, Friends of Homeless Animals.

Finally, I’ve been spending a lot more time with Logic Pro X and music in general. I’ll be posting tracks from my SoundCloud page, like this one: https://soundcloud.com/jim-lane-4/geeks.