Kai Gradert

Yogi, tea lover and husband.
Living in Los Angeles.

Let The Outside In: Graduation Show Preview at the Pasadena Art Center

Let The Outside In: Graduation Show Preview at the Pasadena Art Center
Thursday evening I stopped by at the Pasadena Art Center to get a first look at this term’s Graduation Show. The graduation show features remarkable student accomplishments from a variety of fields in Advertising, Film, Product & Transportation Design to Illustration, Photography and Imaging among others. Play is the highest… read all

Three Days of Perseid Meteor Shower in 60 Seconds

Three Days of Perseid Meteor Shower in 60 Seconds
Shot on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night in Joshua Tree National Park during a timelapse workshop. This footage still includes some light pollution and interference from nearby cars. I might edit those out given more time. For now, enjoy the timelapse: Timelapse of the Perseid Meteor Shower in Joshua Tree… read all

Recap From the UX Happy Hour in Eagle Rock

Recap From the UX Happy Hour in Eagle Rock
We just wrapped up another UX Happy Hour in Los Angeles and the turnout was fantastic. Here are a few notes and selected photos from last nights UX Happy Hour in Eagle Rock. You can also view the entire set on Flickr or Google+. Jon Fox from NELAUX featuring Google… read all

Meteor Shower and Timelapse Workshop in Joshua Tree

Meteor Shower and Timelapse Workshop in Joshua Tree
With photography, as with most everything else in life, half of the battle is being in the right place at the right time. So when I found out about a timelapse workshop in Joshua Tree with Henry Jun Wah Lee, I signed up at the very last minute to make… read all

The Interface Is the Padded Cell

Over the years I’ve had the pleasure to work with Kai Krause on a number of projects that pushed the creative boundaries and challenged the status quo of interface design. In this rare video clip Kai Krause provides an insight into some of the guiding principles that defined tools such… read all

How Amazon Is Putting “You” In User Experience

How Amazon Is Putting “You” In User Experience
Last night I placed an order with Amazon at 9:30pm. This morning the package arrived at 9:30am. Twelve hours later. Wow! It is this type of user experience that turns customers into loyal brand advocates and evangelists. When people talk about great user experiences, the discussion is often centered around… read all

Got an Idea? Start Coding!

Got an Idea? Start Coding!
How many times have you been approached with the question: “Do you know a designer or developer who can help me with an amazing idea?” I get this question at least a few times a year from friends, acquaintances, business contacts and total strangers. The assumption is that with just… read all

Usability Improvements for Faster & More Predicable Pictures With Google Glass

Usability Improvements for Faster & More Predicable Pictures With Google Glass
The camera has quickly become the stand-out feature for me after using Google Glass (XE6 and XE7) extensively for the past few weeks. The ability to capture hands-free and candid in the moment shots is an appealing use case. There are however a few usability improvements that would make taking… read all

If Corporations Are People, Then Act Like People

If Corporations Are People, Then Act Like People
It’s surprising that after all these years some brands still do not understand how to engage on social media. A few days ago my credit card got stolen and charged $1,000 dollars for airlines tickets. Luckily I caught the transaction in time and my bank was able to cancel the… read all

Spreading My Wings With a Little Macro Photography

Spreading My Wings With a Little Macro Photography
My wife and I recently spent a long weekend at a friends cabin in Sierraville, overlooking the vast valley and enjoying quiet time in nature. The perfect opportunity to try out some new photo techniques. For this trip I rented a telephoto macro lens (Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM).… read all

Getting Started With Siteleaf

Getting Started With Siteleaf
Manage your website in the cloud and publish to your own FTP, Amazon S3, or Rackspace Cloud account. Your data is archived forever, independent of our service. Check out this video for a quick introduction to Siteleaf.

Interview With Ev Williams About the Early Days at Blogger & Twitter

Interview With Ev Williams About the Early Days at Blogger & Twitter
Serial entrepreneur Evan Williams talks candidly about his experiences building Blogger, Twitter, and his latest project, Medium. It’s always a pleasure to hear founders speak about their early days. Ev recounts the early days of Blogger and Twitter, shares what he’s learned about how to scale fast-growth products, and explains… read all

I believe in open borders and the freedom to travel, work and live freely anywhere in the world. – Kai

Google Glass Review: Wearable Computing Requires Durable Hardware

Google Glass Review: Wearable Computing Requires Durable Hardware
I applied for the Explorer Program with the intention to take Google Glass on a one week cycling trip down the California coastline. I did. Following is a detailed report from my cycling trip with Google Glass. If you want to skip the full post, here is a quick summary:… read all

Cycling from San Francisco to Los Angeles with Google Glass

Cycling from San Francisco to Los Angeles with Google Glass
Last week I joined 2203 riders and 552 roadies on a 7-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS. This year was my second time to participate in the Aids LifeCycle ride, and I was lucky enough to get… read all

Apple TV: Five Core Features Hidden in Plain Sight

Apple TV: Five Core Features Hidden in Plain Sight
With CES is in full swing and the rumor mill running wild about Apple coming out with a TV, it’s time to take a closer look at the current version of Apple TV. I’ve been using Apple TV for the past few years. First in addition to existing services, then… read all

Why Cheers?

Why Cheers?
Sometimes we need a little boost. A simple reminder to “look on the bright side” or “stop and smell the roses”. Sometimes we get so caught up in the daily grind that we forget to be grateful for the little (and not-so-little) things in life. We recently released an update… read all