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Friends,

I have some news about a new chapter of my life, personally, professionally and geographically. Last month I accepted the offer of a new position and have joined IBM as part of the leadership team of IBM Design, a new business unit based in Austin, TX that will infuse this massive organization with design of all disciplines (visual, strategic, interaction, research, product). This is an opportunity that has emerged very unexpectedly over the last few months. It will give me the chance to help build a design office at a global scale—in a company with a breathtaking design heritage—and to work with the young designers who will be the core of this office. It’s a dream gig that came to me out of the blue (pun intended). I’m thrilled and stunned and a bit overwhelmed, but energized and inspired by this new adventure.

While I will dearly miss my beloved City of Lakes, and the amazing design community there, I look forward to turning a new page and settling into a new awesome (and weird) community.

To be continued…

Doug