Category Archives: Process

Powerpoint, Godin-Styley

I have waaaay too many saved articles in my Instapaper account. In the next few weeks I’m going to be cleaning this shit out and posting anything that still rings true to me. This is the great thing about truly great insights and knowledge—it doesn’t have an expiration date. Here’s a great post by Seth […]

Successive refinement not unlike in other crafts.

How are apps made? Painfully with deliberation or effortlessly without thought. Blind inspiration. Eight hours over a lazy weekend. Fifty grand a day. A million dollars a syllable. Do not look for the sense in it. Apps mirror life in their unfairness. Time spent making an app in no way guarantees successes, financial or spiritual. […]

Routines Rock

In the morning, we wake up, get ready, have breakfast, and we’re out the door. That’s our morning routine. When we do this, our bodies are performing duties it knows to do. We don’t necessarily think about each step, it just happens. While our bodies are performing these routines, our minds are working on situations, […]

Smuggling Across Borders

Sometimes I get pissed off how damn smart and talented Frank Chimero is: There’s one particular stupid wall I’d like to focus on today: the one we built between print and digital formats. I’m skeptical, so I have some questions. 1) Why do we think they’re at war with one another? 2) Why does one […]

Matthew Weiner

Matthew Weiner interviewed in the NYTimes: I prefer print books, but I have purchased a lot of e-books. There’s an incredible power to holding the iPad or the Kindle and seeing all the choices available, but it’s a little bit like opening Netflix. It can be overwhelming and feel like a collection instead of a […]

Supersaturation and the Subsequent Creative Fallout

Quartz: Why major creative breakthroughs happen in your late thirties: So why the late 30s? The most obvious factor is education: Scientists spend ages 5 through 18 in school, and then ages 18 through 30ish getting their academic degrees. Then a few years of learning on the job, and presto! You dig up an uncertainty […]

Where Ideas Come From

Awesome post by Neil Gaiman on where he gets his ideas from: You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it. But as anyone who works in a creative field knows, ideas […]

There’s No “I” In “Team”

Excerpt from “Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products“: Over in IDg, Jony began, as usual, with the iPhone’s story. As he later explained, it was all about how the user would feel about the device. “When we are at these early stages in design, when we’re trying to establish some of the primary […]

Papanek

—from Design for the Real World by Victor Papanek

Carlin & Stewart

John Stewart interviews George Carlin. 1997. Fucking awesome. I like how Carlin refers to his alcoholic father (that he never knew) as brilliant, but “couldn’t metabolize ethanol efficiently.” Not to mention his great insights into drugs, work ethic and how he saw himself as an artist on a journey, not necessarily just a comedian.