Sadly, you won’t find many inspiring examples of websites which use CSS Shapes. That doesn’t mean that inspiration isn’t out there — you just have to look a little further afield at advertising, magazine, and poster design.
I’ve been thinking about my own web designs lately, and realising how often they can lack variation in the shape combinations I use. This is a great introduction in to using better art direction for the web, CSS shapes isn’t a technology I’m overly familiar with, perhaps its time to do some more learning. ∞
After Apple brought Apple Music to the Amazon Echo, the news that they’re bringing iTunes Movies & TV Shows and AirPlay 2 to Samsung TVs isn’t as surprising as it could’ve been. I was looking at upgrading my tv to a 4K one this year, Samsung are now in the frame, but I would expect it to arrive on LG and Amazon Fire TV before the year is out as well. ∞
For the past few years I’ve taken part in the Goodreads Reading Challenge setting myself the target of reading at least 25 books over the course of the year. This year I haven’t quite hit my goal, but I’ve still enjoyed a good year of reading. The books have mostly been fiction this year, with a couple of non‐fiction books finding their way in. This is the first year I’ve managed to make some kind of a log of the books I’ve read on this blog which I wanted to round up in a single post for easy reference in the future.
- The Bourne Identity
- Red Rising, Red Rising No. 1
- Quiet! The Power of Introverts
- Golden Son, Red Rising No. 2
- Morning Star, Red Rising No. 3
- Iron Gold, Red Rising No. 4
- The Midnight Line, Jack Reacher No. 22
- A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Loving the Old Testament
- The Black Dahlia
- Fools Errand, The Tawny Man Trilogy No. 1
- The Golden Fool, The Tawny Man Trilogy No. 2
- Fools Fate, The Tawny Man Trilogy No. 3
- Fools Assasin, The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy No. 1
- The Screwtape Letters
- Fools Quest, The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy No. 2
Great video from one of the most interesting YouTubers I’ve come across in last year, we’ll worht 20 minutes of your time to think about the importance of meaning in your creative work.
For as long as I can remember I’ve had a sketchbook on the go. I think I established the habit when I started senior school, but I remember having them back in junior school as well. They’ve been a companion beside me all that time, whether I’ve been drawing, writing, brainstorming, planning, or something else, they’ve helped me to be creative in some form or another.
When a new sketchbook arrives, it always brings a moment of joy. The moment the wrappings come off is one of the two moments that a sketchbook is perfect. There are no creases on the spine, no scuffs on the cover, no page corners curling up or folded in, everything sits square and compact, full of potential. I always enjoy that moment. When a sketchbook is first opened it’s exciting, there’s potential on those pages, but with it comes a hesitancy, it’s something that I don’t want to ruin.
It’s the fear of the blank page.
Over the last few years when I’ve started a new sketchbook I’ve developed a habit. I open it to the first page, grab a pen and I write the same sentence.
I give myself permission to mess this sketchbook up.
From then on I use it how I want and it doesn’t matter what goes in it.
It might seem a bit silly to write that sentence on the first page, but without it it would take a lot longer for my sketchbooks to get to their second point of perfection. The moment they are finished, either because they are completely full, or the year has ended. At that point it’s done it’s job and deserves it’s spot on my shelf alongside all it’s older siblings, it’s perfect because it’s been used and not wasted. It’s helped me think, helped me create, helped me process events that have passed, it’s potential has been met.
Without that first page sentence and my natural state of being a perfectionist, there’s a chance those sketchbooks would remain on the shelf in their first state of perfection. And in that state they would be a waste. What would be the point in owning them, if they remained forever in their first state of perfection and never made the journey to the second state of perfection?
It’s not just a sketchbook that has these two states of perfection. A blog has them, a canvas has them, a book has them, a roll of film or an SD card in a camera has them. The unused perfection, and the finished, full, complete perfection of a job well done.