I migrated a bunch of content over and this post was probably written a lot earlier than the published date. As such it might contain out-of-date content, shit opinions, Dunning-Kruger levels of overconfidence and less creative swearwords than usual.
The following is an excerpt from my book ‘Mindful Design: How and Why to Make Design Decisions for the Good of Those Using Your Product’ (Mindful Design will do, like). This excerpt is around 25% of the final chapter. If you like what you read then you should totally buy it.
Monday, June 3, 2019
This week was very much a heads-down week so there’s really nothing incredibly exciting to chat shit about.
Liverpool won the fuckin Champions League. Divock fuckin Origi scored the goal that finished the game off. The absolute mad bastard has scored 3 goals from 3 shots in the Champions League and two of them were to twat Barcelona and the other one finished the actual Champions League fucking final off. What a lad. Give him a statue.
Jurgen Klopp is me fuckin da. Sadio Mane is my everything. James Milner is my hero. Harry Kane’s a slobberchops but Spurs are a boss club. Jordan bastarding Henderson lifted the Champions actual fuckin League trophy. Limbs. Scenes. Tears. I’m still buzzing off it and I don’t think I’ll stop.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">GAME WAS ABOUT AS GOOD AS SHAGGING A BAG OF NAILS BUT WHO GIVES A FUCKIN FUCK AVE IT LADS SADIO MANES SMILING MY YEAR IS FUCKING MADE</p>— Scott 🐙 (@scott_riley) <a href="https://twitter.com/scott_riley/status/1134927813423902721?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 1, 2019</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Divock fuckin Origi tho.
Good project is still good. I’ve also been making some progress on turning Mindful Design content into workshops, which has been taking up a bunch of my non-project time. My (lofty) goal is to have book-based workshops make up at least 25% of my income by the end of the year. I’m still trying to put a proposal together for how this works (and why people should pay me to do it) but I think there’s a bunch of stuff from the book that has massively improved my process. Thinking about ways I can turn some of that into workshops and deliverables instead of constantly being in ‘production’ mode is pretty exciting. And terrifying.
My studio space work has slowed down a bit, partly because I’m actually able to work there now, and also because my AmEx balance made me fucking weep. I do have a very nice Fiddle Leaf Fig plant called Ned Flanders though. That’s it.
I’ve been reading more of The Politics Of Design by Ruben Pater. It’s a phenomenal book.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Well this is how you open a fuckin book <a href="https://t.co/wRoXVWtXbm">pic.twitter.com/wRoXVWtXbm</a></p>— Scott 🐙 (@scott_riley) <a href="https://twitter.com/scott_riley/status/1133099181596450816?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 27, 2019</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
I loved Helen Tran’s post on ‘Progressive Productivity’. As someone who trains for powerlifting, the idea of progressive overload forms the basis of almost all my training, reading how Helen applied that to productivity is amazing and I’m feeling super inspired to give it a try.
I started reading Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer but I’ve honestly not been able to focus enough to really get a deep reading session in on it, so it’s kinda just… there. I’ll probably not read it and carry on with the MaddAddam Trilogy because if I’m gonna read post-apocalyptic weirdness I’m gonna fuckin read Margaret Atwood post-apocalyptic weirdness.
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