Pittsburgh is and always will be my home city. I'm back for an long trip over the holidays and in between some east coast conferences, and it's been a wonderful trip. The grey skies and wintry weather are a welcome break from the monotony of LA sunshine (it's nice but...not for me). Here's what I've been up to.
Creative Quest could not have come at a better time for me. It's essentially a holistic guidebook to being creative, and the concepts have literally applied to every aspect of my life. If you're a creative person and looking to put some more energy into developing that side of yourself, I can't recommend it enough!
I now realize my historic aversion to math is due to bad math education. Math is so cool and I want to learn more of it, thanks to this book!
I'm really loving the medium of trustworthy email newsletters lately – here is a compendium of my favorite weekly-ish ones, both within the web dev sphere but also outside it.
What is programming, anyway? I just love, love, love this talk from Felienne from earlier this year. It both affirms a ton of my own thoughts, and poses a wonderful, more inclusive alternative to "engineering" for talking about what we do as programmers.
I started the year exceptionally motivated and productive, with a reasonably-sized to-do list that has now expanded by a factor of at least three. This article by Frank Chimero about the increasing complexity of web development came about at the right time, and it deserves a share.
Abbi Jacobson, the long-haired one from Broad City, has a podcast about modern art. It’s fantastic. As an art school graduate who doesn’t remember very much about art, I absolutely relate to the podcast’s sentiment: It’s everything you want to know about modern art but were afraid to ask.
I mention this tweet at least three times a week (both while teaching CSS and in general conversation). Now you will too! […]
I’m into skiing, and it’s time for a gear upgrade. Courtesy my brother at MTNmeister, I’m getting custom skis from Parlor Skis in Boston, and got to design the graphics myself – how cute are these? And here they are in Alta (took a very nice, unplugged vacation […]
Before getting into a few, relatively web design-centric favorites, let's compare podcasts to the written word. By "written word" I mean articles, blogs, and the like. What you sift through on Feedly or links found on Twitter, anything you'd save to Pocket. So yeah, this post qualifies. Oh the irony!
The past few weeks I have been entirely overwhelmed with inspiration and need to drop some serious shout outs:
People and Places
First and foremost, the the entire web design/dev/tech community. What an open, motivating, and supportive group of people! In particular:
Brad Frost - whose work makes me so excited to build things.
Matt Griffin's seriously fantastic articles on A List Apart
Everything on Bearded's Github
Laura Kalbag - freelance inspiration.
Destroy Today/Jonnie Hallman - gave great talk at NYC Creative Mornings.
2013 Web Design Day, thanks Jason and Val!
Rob Harr's (of Sparkbox) talk on pricing at Refresh Pittsburgh
CatapultPGH, coworking in Pittsburgh
New Work City, coworking in NYC
And so many more!
Some inspiring, light-hearted nostalgia for you (I just returned from a month in Europe and am not quite ready to write a substantial post). After that, maybe take a look at Jimmy Kimmel’s parody “You’re Screwed”.
Fantastic audio/visual artwork, created by Pedro Ivo Hudson. via Awwwards […]
Art and entertainment are not terms of type – they are terms of intensity.
It would be amazing. via kottke.org […]
Yes, it’s a comic about comics. But not about comics as you might initially think of them – it’s about visual and representational language in general. If you are anything like me and have let your art theory knowledge go to seed (somewhat) after college, this is an […]
via Short of the Week […]
From their website: The Saxifrage School is redesigning higher education by lowering costs, re-thinking the campus, and reconciling theory and practice. We teach students to make what is valuable and to question the value of what is made. Watch this: One of the most inspiring projects […]