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My three most recommended books, for people making something from scratch

The three books I recommend the most, for those on the journey of making something from scratch, whether that be a career change, a startup, a personal project… these all fit the bill.

The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield

This talks through the process of creating something from nothing, it just gives you that prod you need to keep at it. Another second read by Steven is Do the Work, also excellent.

Steal Like An Artist, by Austin Kleon

This encourages us all to collect and then curate ideas that interest US. You, being the key filter, it’s about the things you like, that inspire and motivate you. As these are what help provide the input to all the work we create.

The Dip, by Seth Godin

Tremendous read, it’s for the moments when you’re evaluating, should I continue or leave this project. Often I find, the projects that you care about the most, to then read this book are the ones that you should absolutely stick with. But buy it, give it a read now, then revisit as you need to.

September 8th, 2015

The mobile experience, is the inverse of desktop (kind of)

So, I swapped to Mac, around 5 years ago now, I’d held out on Windows for a while.

One thing, I noticed was, on a Mac your workflow was more horizontal.

You Command Tab between apps, and kind of revolve around them.

But when I was on Windows, it was more start + stop.

You minimize and open Windows.

But so, when you play with Windows Mobile, it is more like the Mac experience and ironically IOS is more like the Windows experience (start + stop).

It’s just an interesting thought, some of these formats work better at different parts of the lifecycle. As your users become more expert, you can evolve the experience, the challenge is keeping that sense of mastery whilst making it easy to start from scratch.

September 4th, 2015

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