The Manual


The Manual, Issue #3

The Manual, Issue #3 is finally on sale—go order a copy! It’s a hardbound journal of provocative design thinking, edited, designed and produced with extraordinary care. And it’s print only (how about that).

Writing for The Manual was one of the most challenging (and rewarding) projects I’ve ever had the pleasure to participate in. I write a lot here on, mostly personal stuff, and I write for clients (corporate stuff), but this was unfamiliar territory. Six authors are invited to shape an idea, but without the usual boundaries (no theme, very few limits). It felt orchestral and I tried to contribute with my heart. Others did too, I know, and the result is a rich production.

This would have been impossible without the extraordinary talents of editor Carolyn Wood, a person who puts enormous love and dedication into her work. In this case, her work was finding us, having faith in us and making our work better. Thank you, Carolyn.

Issue #3 (the yellow one) includes my essay “Design Humility,” in tremendously good company—authors Duane King, Tiffani Jones Brown, Nina Stössinger, Jeremy Keith and Ethan Marcotte. Jez Burrows designed it and Eleni Kalorkoti illustrated my piece. Can’t wait to see this remarkable piece of work.


The Manual.

“The Manual beautifully chronicles the maturing of design on the web. It will change how you think about your work.”

I’m so pleased to announce that I’ve been asked to write for The Manual, “a new, beautifully crafted journal that takes a fresh look, in print, at design on the web.” It’s published by Andy McMillan, edited by Carolyn Wood and designed by Jez Burrows — and it began as a Kickstarter project!

It’s an honor for me to be in the company of folks like Liz Danzico, Frank ChimeroJeremy KeithDuane King, Ethan MarcotteTiffani Jones Brown, Nina Stössinger and others who have already written or will be writing for future issues. Look for me in issue #3 (early 2012).