Seth Godin

✱ Peeling Back the Onion by Evan Troxel

To start off the new year, I made this poster for you. It's based on some very wise words by Seth Godin that I've put into graphic form that you can print out and put on your wall. I don't believe in New Year's Resolutions because they are often forgotten right after you proclaim them. Instead, just pick one or two of these and start there. One by one. Layer by layer. This is our charge.

Download the poster as a PDF here.

It's best at 20" x 20" hanging somewhere you can see it daily.

✱ Design Everything by Evan Troxel

Seth Godin has a great post up today regarding our opportunities as designers:

Everyone takes a shower without their glasses, and yet the little, indistinguishable bottles in the shower often have 12 point type describing what's inside. No, I'm not going to wear reading glasses in the shower.

I will shout it from the hilltops. Or on this blog at least. DESIGN EVERYTHING!

This next quote really nails it. Great design is not fashion (emphasis mine):

Great design tells a story. It moves a product from one category to another, increases yield, creates efficiencies and most of all, adds beauty to the interaction.
But it doesn't have to shout. Or confuse. The pro user, the individual who chose your design because it is something she wants to use every day--this user appreciates the power and the beauty you've created. But in public, for the infrequent passerby, do not call attention to what you've built. We have other things to do. The best designer understands what's important.

The best way to get unstuck by Evan Troxel

This is precisely why you're stuck. Starting without seeing the end is difficult, so we often wait until we see the end, scanning relentlessly for the right way, the best way and the perfect way.

The way to get unstuck is to start down the wrong path, right now.

This is exactly what I needed to hear right now. I'm starting on a new project and it's so overwhelming I had that deer-in-headlights feeling. Just get started. The end will come when it comes. Thanks Seth.