Stuff I learned or read or thought about over the past month.
- I went to beyond tellerrand Munich to give a workshop and a lunchtime presentation on CSS Grid. Though I spent most of the conference talking to folks at the Microsoft Edge booth (always awesome to meet a new community of designers/devs), I did catch Aoi Yamaguchi’s fascinating presentation. Aoi is classically-trained in Japanese calligraphy, and has extended that practice to conceptually reinterpret characters and incorporate calligraphy into performance art. Really compelling and worth a watch.
- ~Honesty time~ One of my intentions for the year was to be more patient with myself. I’ve realized this month that, for myself, I’ve created a false binary: “person who makes mistakes” vs “good / talented / kind / knowledgeable / capable person”. Being more aware of that mental trap seems like a good thing.
- New-to-me organization: American Indian College Fund
Nice bits of internet
- The Love to Sew podcast is making me want to sew all the things! I’ve also been enjoying Helen’s Closet, a blog written by one of the cohosts. Helen does a weekly round-up of others’ projects, and always seems to include great diversity of style, body types, and backgrounds.
- This Hurry Slowly episode on nature
- Camouflage knitting
- Are you a maker or an excuse maker? Not excited about the title of this one, but this article has great advice for cultivating a creative practice.
- Ignored By Big Telecom, Detroit’s Marginalized Communities Are Building Their Own Internet
- Tea if by sea, cha if by land: Why the world only has two words for tea
- Under Neoliberalism, You Can Be Your Own Tyrannical Boss
- We’re building a dystopia just to make people click on ads
- Meet The Fearless Cook Who Secretly Fed—And Funded—The Civil Rights Movement
- Perfectionism, anxiety and learning to be kind to yourself
- Go Deeper, Not Wider