Weeknote / Any city
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- This week felt hard to get through. Many possible-work projects have turned into not-work-at-all, and this week I felt listless and pointless with not much to do. I drank tea and ate biscuits and sat outside.
- Eventually you’ve drunk all the tea and eaten all the biscuits you can manage, so there’s only one thing to do instead: gardening. I cracked on with some of the less interesting jobs while the sun was shining. I still don’t enjoy gardening really, but I do enjoy the chance to put the headphones on and listen to some good music, uninterrupted.
- All that said there was a small bit of work, advising a recruitment agency on language and tone. Might be able to tell you more about that once it’s gone live.
- And the other good thing was next week’s webinar, in partnership with Content Design London, sold out all 50 tickets in no time. We added 30 more tickets. That’s encouraging. Spent many hours this week writing, re-writing, and re-re-writing the slides.
- And the post about how many things are ok went down very well.
- Went for some walks. There are photos, but photos you’ve seen before: blue skies and green landscapes. I miss the city. Any city.
- Made a really good lasagna.
- Shared 1 (one) good idea.
- Railmap, a browsable map of all UK rail lines, including all the defunct ones. I could spend – indeed, I have already spent – many hours here.
- An interactive map of Icelandic volcanoes
- Portfolio starter, a how-to for people who want to make their own portfolio websites. What a great idea.
- James nails how to write.
- Alex is making a terrific series of short lockdown videos about design history
This week in music
- I’ve been waiting for this for many years, and last night finally noticed it had happened last year and I didn’t notice: Peter Gabriel released a compilation of B-sides and rarities
- Fetch the Bolt Cutters by Fiona Apple
- Minute by Minute by the Doobie Brothers
- CHICKABOOM! by Tami Neilson