I’ll be more together.
Stretched by fewer thoughts that leave me.
Collecting everything, projects seem distant, so many actions.” —Tantek, who’s already the Cy Curnin of communication. Check out his CommunicationProtocols for thoughtful ideas on managing expectations and choosing the best channel for whatever you need to say.
The notebooks function like a security blanket for me. I can’t go into a meeting unless I have my current notebook in my hand, even if I never open it. Because I carry one everywhere, I tend to misplace them a lot. Losing one makes me frantic.
It’s a fascinating mini-memoir, told through almost three decades of lines in a go-to capture tool. To me, this is much more about habits, cognition, and memory than it is paper and cardboard.
Like most designers, I get asked a lot about my process. A lot of my ideas are so simple and dumb that a simple dumb drawing is all it takes to describe it. I probably did the drawing for the cover of Tibor Kalman’s monograph in a meeting. Picture on the front, stacked type on the spine: what if we did something like this? That’s how it came out. If a process is supposed to have steps, to reflect a method, that isn’t much of a process.
Heh. I disagree. Any process that stops feeling like a process has become an ideal process.
[via: Kottke: 26 years of notes]
I love Christgau’s original (pre-1990) explanation of how he grades the records that he reviews.
An A+ record is an organically conceived masterpiece that repays prolonged listening with new excitement and insight. It is unlikely to be marred by more than one merely ordinary cut.
An A is a great record both of whose sides offer enduring pleasure and surprise. You should own it.
An A- is a very good record. If one of its sides doesn’t provide intense and consistent satisfaction, then both include several cuts that do.
[… further explanations, then …]
A D+ is an appalling piece of pimpwork or a thoroughly botched token of sincerity.
It is impossible to understand why anyone would buy a D record.
It is impossible to understand why anyone would release a D- record.
It is impossible to understand why anyone would cut an E+ record.
E records are frequently cited as proof that there is no God.
An E- record is an organically conceived masterpiece that repays repeated listening with a sense of horror in the face of the void. It is unlikely to be marred by one listenable cut.
If every critic — ala Ebert, in his way — would disclose the yardstick by which he generates the “stars,” “thumbs,” or “Little Man” of his reviews, it would go a long way toward educating readers; as well as, I’d argue, potentially helping revive the increasingly one-star interest in professional arts criticism.
It’s not that people aren’t interested in hearing what anointed “experts” have to say about a given movie, CD, book, or what have you. And, it’s not even that the lumpenconsumertariat requires that everything be reduced to a pre-chewed paste about buying decisions.
But, disclosing the fahrenheit, celsius, or kelvin of a given reviewer’s mercury would make it much easier for readers to understand how closely a critic’s cognition maps to their own.
Because, by itself, a thumb is really just a decisive finger. And, by itself, a finger almost always benefits from a little extra context.
Wow. Nine internal/self links, a via to Mitch, but not a single attributing link to where Adam got my screencast from.
Pitiful.Update 2009-01-30 10:58:35
Got a very nice note today from Adam, apologizing for what he describes as an oversight in not linking to me. I believe him, and thank him for being a gentleman and a stand-up guy.