November 30, 2017
Welcome to edition number four of Weekly Miscellany, the first with a guest curator. Keir’s generously offered the spot to an Australian, probably in search of some antipodean cricket banter around the Ashes, but as of the time of writing the first test is equally poised so I shall stay mum in fear of a typical middle order collapse.
I’m a pretty regular traveller and can’t speak highly enough of their travel wallets — I just did a like-for-like replacement of a four year old wallet that had seen a lot of use without any hesitation whatsoever.
As someone who’s just completed their first year building a small software agency (growing from one to eight employees in a year), I thought I would share a series of blog posts that were really valuable to me in the early stages.
Written by Brian Cardarella, the founder of successful software consultancy DockYard, the “Lessons Learned” series of posts provides a refreshingly direct take on some of the things you’re likely to encounter when building a software business. He’s very open about revenue, client management, hiring and firing — often taboo topics among agency owners which is what makes this series so valuable.
The Swedish word “lagom” translates literally to “just the right amount”, which is the key theme behind Lagom Magazine, a collaboration between Elliot Jay Stocks (Ed: This name is very familiar!) and Samantha Stocks.
Each issue focuses on creatives focused on thoughtful design and a balanced approach to life — it’s a great read full of interesting designers from all walks of life.
A grab-bag of three tools I’m loving at the moment:
It might be a bit redundant to drop this onto a web-industry-focused blog, but if for any reason you haven’t yet read through the Getting Real, Remote and Rework books by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson of Basecamp fame, I highly recommend giving them a once over.
Neither of the authors are ones to shy away from strong opinions, but even if you don’t agree with everything it will make you think about your own approaches to design, process and business.