Years ago I bought Michelle Nijhius’s The Science Writers’ Handbook on ebook… and then completely forgot about it. I rediscovered it this month. It’s a great read for anyone interested in learning how to breathe life into an essay. Nijhius explains that essays are stories about stories, meaning that a good essay is not only a journey in a topic, but also a journey of an author learning about a topic. Her book is also a good jumping off point for anyone interested in what books to read about essays, from Phillip Lapote to Anne Fadiman.
This month in digital government and design
My SVA interview with the pan-Arabic publishing initiative kayfa ta is online!
There have been various versions of the UX iceberg over the years, however Tim Paul’s diagram of the form iceberg is a useful new addition. (See also Lindsey Branton’s take on this in Scottish Enterprise)
A report from the UK government’s Disability Unit explores the lives of disabled people
Rather than try to force people to stop saying 'customers' and start saying 'users', explain what is meant by users
Technical writing is different from content design. As explained by someone who has done both
You probably have too many back-to-back 30 minute meetings
For that matter, if you have a work family, you should probably reconsider - it’s hustle culture at its worst
Looking for a bootcamp to restart your creativity? This Central Saint Martins course will challenge you to create 100 projects in 5 days. Next cohort just before Christmas
- The upcoming film CODA (Children of Deaf Parents) not only focused on the Deaf experience, but was a Deaf-friendly production
- Writing is like acting in that it's about voice. And to inhabit roles, actors have to unlearn socially conditioned voices "to speak in a pleasing, non-threatening, docile or friendly voice, which often means taking on a timbre, a pitch, a vocabulary limit"
- Having a banana moment?
- I only just discovered this cut scene from The Trip which is a Monty-Pythoneque song (yes, song) that is absolutely not safe for work
Until next month,