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The Manual is a beautifully crafted journal with a focus on designing for the web and who we are as designers. The Manual is not about tutorials, tips, tricks or trends, but rather — through six illustrated articles and six personal lessons — aims to give a home to deeper explorations of our work through stories around the why of web design.
To date The Manual has published contributions from the likes of Frank Chimero, Liz Danzico, Mark Boulton, Karen McGrane, Ethan Marcotte, Duane King, Jeremy Keith, and more.
The Manual: the missing journal of web design.
Mailchimp’s latest app, TinyLetter, makes it ridiculously easy to start your own mailing list and email newsletter. It’s a matter of minutes and you’re set to go. Pick a username and boom, you have your sign-up-page ready.
Mailchmp is fantastic service for maintaining business newsletters, but has too many bells and whistles for an individual that just wants to maintain a simple mailing list and send text email newsletter. That’s exactly what TinyLetter does best.
As Ben Chestnut, CEO of Mailchimp puts it: “You could think of TinyLetter as a “MailChimp Lite.” A more directionally accurate analogy would be, “Gmail on steroids.”
Read more about TinyLetter in this blog post.
The Lightning Vest is one of the coolest bike accessories I have seen in a while! It is a hand-netted, highly visible safety vest made from a custom developed 3M reflective material. It can be worn all year, day or night and layered over jackets or t-shirts. Neck opening is wide enough to pass over your helmet and netting is large enough for your hand to access your pockets. It is lightweight and compact enough to fit in your pocket without ever getting tangled. Brilliant? YES!
Visionary Tony Fadell who, back in the day, was in charge of the iPod at Apple *just* launched a brand new product called Nest. It’s a incredibly sexy looking thermostat that learns as you use it and, in the end, helps you save money.
10% of all U.S. energy is controlled by thermostats. That’s the equivalent of 1.7 billion barrels of oil per year. But in most homes the thermostat is an unassuming beige box. It doesn’t matter if it’s a manual or complicated programmable thermostat,we do with it what we’ve always done: get up, walk over to it, and change the temperature. Every few hours. Every day. 1,500 times a year.
We still try to save energy, of course. We turn down the thermostat when we can, we don’t set it too high or low. But we’re human. We forget. Until we see our energy bills.
My studiomates Chris and Cameron organized a sequel to last year’s BrooklynBeta Conference. And it is happening N-O-W! It seems as everyone in my Twitter stream has come to Brooklyn and is currently 3 blocks away from my apartment. (check out the attendees here)
The notion of BrooklynBeta is dear to my heart: Chris and Cameron believe that the more people who work on their own ideas, the better place the Web and the world will be. So they built a conference where developers and designers can meet and then hopefully team up on new projects.
My studiomates Chris, Cameron and Team Jessi have been working *hard* over the past few weeks and I am thrilled to be attending today.
Ok then, off to BrooklynBeta!
“Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.”
- Alan Keightley
(via Chris Guillebeau‘s email signature)
A big thank you to HOW for sponsoring this week’s RSS feed!
This first-of-its-kind HOW Interactive Design Conference is tailor made for traditional designers transitioning to digital design, and is all about helping them learn the skills they need to grow in their creative careers. All sessions are headed up by an all-star roster of speakers, including Second Story’s Julie Beeler, expert Patrick McNeil, interactive-design guru Cameron Moll, Mark O’Brien of Newfangled, and frog design’s David Sherwin, and Matthew Richmond just to name a few.
This HOW conference is made for traditional designers looking to succeed in the digital design world. If you haven’t registered yet, you should take advantage of the early bird rate until September 30th.
www.howinteractiveconference.com, San Francisco, November 2-4, 2011
- You’re in the UK.
- You’re a self-employed freelancer who can’t quite afford to attend but would if you could.
- You can free yourself on 2nd of September to attend.
If you qualify, complete this simple form and AJ will be in touch if you’re selected.
Let’s Meet and Work is a curated map of nice cafés, museums, libraries, etc that provide good working conditions for freelancers. At the moment it’s purely London based, but Alasdair Monk wants to expand it to NYC within the coming months. Yes, please!
UPDATE: Alasdair is taking recommendations for the NYC map.
(thank you Daniel)
MUJI, the Japanese minimalist retail store, has created OJOKEESUS suitcase eyes that give your luggage a bit of character. Oh, Muji, I love you!
“Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.”
- Susan Sontag
(via Maria’s CreativeMornings talk)