Writing more

Joel Hooks shared this post about writing more and worrying less about the polish. He mentions how shifting from thinking about his writing and site as a blog to a digital garden helped him to write more: Seriously. The idea of a "blog" needs to get over itself. Everybody is treating writing as a "content marketing strategy" and using it to "build a personal brand" which leads to the fundamental flawed idea that everything you post has to be polished to perfection and ready to be consumed.I agree with his sentiment, but feel like these digital garden folks are…

Read More

The best icon is a text label

Thomas Byttebier makes a great case for using text labels over icons. I've been thinking on this of late, largely thanks to Rian van der Merwe. Once you start looking for this issue, you see it everywhere (like the footer of this site). How often do designers add an icon because it makes perfect sense to them, unknowingly causing confusion? But if we can't agree on a universal icon to represent Save, perhaps sticking with text truly is the best option. Thomas sums it up: users will avoid interface elements they cannot understandGive the entire article a read. He includes…

Read More

Know your content

My old boss, Mathew Patterson, shares his process for preparing for a talk. He gives details on everything from choosing a topic, to writing the outline, to going through several drafts. My own process is similar. I tend to start in a text editor (iA Writer on my iPad, Ulysses on my Mac) to capture the main points. The flow of my talk then comes into shape in Keynote. The slides are minimal, but details are included in my speaker’s notes. Rands gives a similar (and more detailed) description of his process.The key through the whole process is…

Read More

The billionaire’s typewriter

I’ve been fascinated with the changes to Medium of late; they’re doing some great work that makes it an attractive platform (for reading and writing). But it’s not attractive enough to give up the control of my content. Matthew Butterick sums up the points more excellently than I have to date. There are some fantastic pull quotes in his article! Source…

Read More

Close You've successfully subscribed to The Weekly Review.
Close Great! You've successfully signed up.
Close Welcome back! You've successfully signed in.
Close Success! Your account is fully activated, you now have access to all content.