Hello, I‘m Brad

I do a whole bunch of different stuff and it all lives on the web.

I‘m Brad, an independent web and UX designer in Cleveland Ohio. I‘m best know for my illustration and comic work with The Brads that can be seen on my other website and in .Net magazine. Occasionally I'll take on an illustration project but I prefer to take on new web projects where I can use my UX skills or team up and collaborate with a development team.

Published Articles and Highlights

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The Guardian - March 10, 2016

The Long Slow Death of Twitter (Comic Strip)

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Rosenfeld Media 2015

Practical Empathy by Indi young - Illustrations and Diagrams for the book

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Smashing Magazine - February 11, 2010

The Life, Times (and Death?) of Internet Explorer 6 (Comic Strip)

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Think Vitamin - October 14 2009

How to Understand Your Users with Personas

Press Clippings

Ad Age - July 27, 2011

Times Gets Readers to Pay for ‘Terrible‘ Website, Fortune Gets Forbes‘ Goat. Then everyone started passing around a comic called "This is Why Your Newspaper is Dying" and stumbled...

Nieman Journalism Lab - July 27, 2011

It appears to be Pick On News Web Designers Day today. This comic - poking at news sites‘ unwillingness to link, misuse of thumbnails...

Gizmodo - July 27, 2011

Why Newspapers Suck at the Internet. Seriously guys. We like you, we‘ll even pay you. This internet thing isn‘t that hard!

Laughing Squid - July 26, 2011

Brad Colbow takes a look at why your newspaper is dying on his webcomic The Brads.

Mashable - August 14, 2010

15 Great Geeky Web Comic Strips. There are hundreds of great web comics out there, which means if you‘re new to the...

BoingBoing - March 10, 2010

Audiobook DRM versus the patrons of the Cleveland Library. This installment of the Brads webcomic shows the 22 steps...

New York Times - April 6, 2010

The iPad in the Eyes of the Digerati. Apple said it sold more than 300,000 iPads on Saturday...

Magculture - April 6, 2010

Brad Colbow is not only the proud owner of a brand new iPad and a bunch of magazine Apps, he‘s shared them with the world in this video.

Lifehacker - March 4, 2010

Remains of the Day: Why DRM Doesn‘t Work Edition. Designer Brad Colbow details how to download an audio book...

Smashing Magazine - July 27, 2011

Backgrounds In Web Design: Examples And Best Practices. I will use Brad Colbow‘s website as a case study, because it seamlessly tiles...

"Brad does an excellent job of infusing his own creative signature into projects while paying careful attention to the needs of his client."

Will Merydith - Sr. Program Manager, Microsoft

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