I have had a best friend since I was a kid and never realized it for a majority of my life. He was younger than me and would ask too many questions. Last night he sent me an essay about the most influential person in his life and he wrote about me. It was the nicest thing I’ve ever heard anyone ever say about me. With the way the universe works, it would be on one of the most stressful and worst days I’ve had all summer. I can’t express how I feel after reading it. I love that kid.
I’m a little late linking to this, but no matter. Trent Walton, on the topic of responsive/adaptive layouts and how content architecture should be examined with scrutiny by all team members:
The production model of passing a site down the assembly line from design to development to launch seems to be an inefficient approach for responsive & adaptive site design. I think the Paravel method of gathering around a table & slugging every decision out until launch lends itself to the level of reiteration necessary for these projects. We’ve found that the best way forward is to pull all members of a team together to design, build, test and evaluate in multiple quick rounds.
And of course, Trent’s editorial artwork is terrific, as always.
“How much does your life weigh? Imagine for a second that you’re carrying a backpack. I want you to pack it with all the stuff that you have in your life… you start with the little things. The shelves, the drawers, the knickknacks, then you start adding larger stuff. Clothes, tabletop appliances, lamps, your TV… the backpack should be getting pretty heavy now. You go bigger. Your couch, your car, your home… I want you to stuff it all into that backpack. Now I want you to fill it with people. Start with casual acquaintances, friends of friends, folks around the office… and then you move into the people you trust with your most intimate secrets. Your brothers, your sisters, your children, your parents and finally your husband, your wife, your boyfriend, your girlfriend. You get them into that backpack, feel the weight of that bag. Make no mistake your relationships are the heaviest components in your life. All those negotiations and arguments and secrets, the compromises. The slower we move the faster we die. Make no mistake, moving is living. Some animals were meant to carry each other to live symbiotically over a lifetime. Star crossed lovers, monogamous swans. We are not swans. We are sharks.”—
Up In The Air
Just watched this after I bought my new TV. Amazing.