The New Smashing Book: Now with More ME!

I’m excited to officially announce the my inclusion in The Smashing Book #4: New Perspectives on Web Design. SURPRISE – I wrote about content strategy. The chapter, which focuses on both sides of the content strategy landscape – both user needs and editor needs – serves as a capstone to all of this empathy stuff that’s I’ve been writing and talking about over the past year and a half. So go buy it.

Book Review: Design is a Job

There are thousands of books about what it takes to learn the skills needed for our careers – the art and craft and promotion – but precious few about what it takes to understand the job that lies beneath. We know what to do, and why to do it, but we don’t learn how to push forward on a practical level. Mike Montiero’s Design is a Job is one of those precious few.

Book Review: The Elements of Content Strategy

So let’s not try to tackle an in depth review of Erin Kissane’s The Elements of Content Strategy, because the book itself is very good and we won’t do it much justice other than to say “you should read this if you’re into content strategy and want to get better and need a great little book to keep by your computer.” What I’ve Read: The …

Book Review: HTML5 for Web Designers

There’s an underlying belief throughout the non-tech-savvy that computer and Web programmers are a secluded, arrogant group; fiercely loyal to their language, looking out for themselves, unable to share their findings lest they make themselves obsolete. It’s this belief that leads us to stop trusting our company’s IT department and automatically mistrust the kid Web developer signed on to work our church Web sites. What …