I’ve been putting off my review of Authority for the past couple of weeks. Not because I didn’t like it, I did, but because I haven’t put the advice it contains into practice yet. I feel like I’m a kid skipping school because I haven’t done the homework set by a teacher I like. The homework in question is to write and self-publish a book.
“When will there be a harvest for the world?” sang the Isley Brothers in 1976. “Tomorrow” seems to be the answer from the uber-sporadic electronica duo Boards of Canada, “But it may well be a harvest of radioactive cabbages in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.”
Last night I watched the feature-length documentary about the font Helvetica, directed by Gary Hustwit, and I urge you to see it too. Before I continue, a disclaimer: Helvetica and me have previous. I went to an exhibition dedicated to the font in New York several years ago, and it does already have a place in my heart.
That’s not to say I’d ignore criticism of it. For a start I hadn’t realised just how common it is. From street signs to logos to adverts; you really can’t walk more than a few feet without seeing it. And doesn’t that feel a bit boring? Continue reading
Be Awesome At Online Business is a new book by Paul Jarvis, a web designer who has worked with some pretty big name clients including Microsoft, Yahoo and MTV. In his writing Paul comes across as refreshingly real and you get a strong sense that he knows his stuff. That’s important because this book covers a lot of ground.
I recently became a founder member of a new web design focussed book club. (Yeah, I know.) The first book we decided to look at was Execute, a manifesto of sorts which extols the practice of acting immediately on your inspiration and not getting bogged down in endless planning. The book, by Josh Long and Drew Wilson, is itself is an example of this ideal having been conceived of, written and designed in just eight days. Whilst it is clearly aimed at web designers and developers (or ‘builders’ as they are referred to in the book) there is much here that could apply to anyone intent on taking control of their own projects.