When embarking on a new project, there’s a lot of attributes we should try and optimize for:
- Speed of execution
- Wow Factor
But first and foremost, we need to optimize for confidence.
If the builder doesn’t believe it, who will?
(Real talk: if the builder doesn’t actually believe it, it won’t ever get built.)
As a creator, it’s our job to own it.
Everything else comes from that.
Talent doesn’t cut it.
Hard work isn’t enough.
Communication is key, but alone it’s nothing.
Genre doesn’t matter at all – whatever you’re into, you can create an audience that’s into it too.
In the attention age, it’s consistency that matters most.
Do good art. Tell the world. Repeat.
For the last couple months, Elon Musk has been dropping hints about a new form of transportation he conjured up. He calls it “the Hyperloop.” Supposedly it will be a “new form of transit”, offering incredible speeds for city-to-city trips – like 30-minutes from San Francisco to LA.
Here’s a recent interview where he gets into it:
“These are people taking initiative. They are looking to take ownership of their cities and build the change they want to see – serving their communities on the most direct level. At this open space, you have finally found a home to put your talents and energy to work. You’ve found a group you can trust, they are courageous, curious, and want to help you create a better future. You feel happy, you feel capable, you’ve found your people.”
It’s not what happens to you that determines how far you will go in life; it is how you handle what happens to you
(Taken with Instagram)
I’ve been a fan of Aaron Draplin’s design work for a while, but just recently discovered he’s quite the speaker too. The guy has a great no-bullshit approach to design and business.
Here’s an awesome Creative Mornings talk that includes killer career guidance for young graphic designers, or creatives of any stripe:
David Foster Wallace on mindfulness. RIP
“It is extremely difficult to stay alert and attentive, instead of getting hypnotized by the constant monologue inside your own head”
Since I started building frontend templates and WordPress themes, I’ve been collecting my own bag of tricks and reusable code snippets. Now at long last, I’ve put them together and gotten them up on the web.
Introducing Bedrock – a simple base theme for WordPress web development. There’s a few different parts to this:
WordPress offers the enqueue_scripts feature, which allows theme developers to carefully manage their script dependencies and versions. Here’s the syntax:
First your register your script -
<?php wp_register_script( $handle, $src, $deps, $ver, $in_footer ); ?>
Then enqueue it, and pass it the handle that you gave it:
wp_enqueue_script( $handle ,$src ,$deps ,$ver ,$in_footer );
Happy birthday to the Godfather, he woulda been 79 today.
Here’s 10 lessons I’ve learned from Jame Brown: