This has been a tough week for me as far as writing goes. Between having a tough time thinking through and finishing the piece I've been writing for Tools & Toys and working nearly 40 hours at my J.O.B. job I've been plenty busy. On top of that a couple late-nights have thrown my usually-productive morning routine into a tizzy.
None of that is a good excuse, but it is the reason that this week's post is a day late, and why the past couple weeks have been on an "A-Players only" publishing schedule. I'm determined to get back into the swing of things this coming week, and I have a couple ideas that if I rush out should turn into some pretty cool pieces. Wish me some good luck, eh?
Cup for Cup: Denver's Emerging Coffee Scene - Life & Thyme - I don't know how many people have heard of Life & Thyme, but they're a online food & food-culture publication that produces stellar magazine-style content with gorgeous imagery to go along. In real life about half the time I'm working it's as a barista at a little coffee shop in my hometown, so all things coffee are of immediate interest to me. Life & Thyme's piece early this week on Denver Colorado's coffee-shop scene was beautifully photographed and helped me add another city to my "I'd go there just to try the coffee" list of travel locations. Totally worth a look.
Scott Carey | minimums - The beginning of this week also brought about the launch of a great little site by the name of Minimums. The basic premise is examining creative individual's most unique and prized possessions and why those items find themselves under that distinction. Along with going in-depth with some extremely interesting people, the pieces are filled with really great photographs of both the creatives and their "minimums." Scott Carey is a coffee-shop owner and brew-chemist from St. Louis and in this piece's case it examines some of his most championed coffee gear. I enjoyed the piece for the literature and the photographs, and even if you're not into coffee there's plenty of different features on the site looking at all kinds of different people. Definitely worth your time.
& The Rest:
Steve Jobs Insult Response: An Analysis — Launching UX Launchpad - Just about every piece that the great fellows over at Design Explosions have published to Medium has made it into one of my A-Players posts over the past couple months. They don't publish often, but when they do the pieces are of undeniable quality. This time instead of breaking down the nuances of a piece of software, they're breaking down the nuances of a response Steve Jobs gave in a Q&A session back in 1997. The piece uncovers the various points Jobs makes and what lessons an aspiring designer could take away from those. I don't fit into that particular mold, but I was more than happy to read through their latest in-depth take. Good read.
A Watch, Water and Workouts • furbo.org - This piece got passed around the internet a lot this week, but Craig Hockenberry's take on the Apple Watch and it's water resistance really was a quality read. In the piece, Craig discusses both the state of the Apple Watch and it's water resistance as it currently stands, a little of the science and physics behind it, and what Apple could do better with in the future. His writing was even more interesting to me because I had my first Apple Watch's touchscreen give out on me several weeks ago due to what I suspect was water damage. Craig's piece gave me a better look at what I could've done wrong, and how I can better take care of my watch when it gets wet in the future. Interesting and informative read, I love pieces like this.
The Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 Lens — Tools and Toys - Álvaro has been on fire recently with his reviews for the Tools and Toys site, and this week's piece on the Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens for the Micro Four/Thirds system was another awesome addition. I don't have any "skin in the game" with the MFT system myself, but I always enjoy hearing all the different people that I follow put in their different takes on the system, the cameras, and the lenses that make it up. If I ever was to switch to shooting with a MFT setup, I'd be totally set in terms of quality reviews to read, and Álvaro has had no small part in making that so. Good writing, great photographs, quality piece.
With all that said, I hope you all have a great week. I'm getting back to work this week, and I hope I'll have more than just some interesting links for you by the time I see you all again next weekend.