"Think about a time when you have just forwarded a link or posted a resource – something that you stumbled upon and found interesting or that your leaders are expecting you to share with your respective audiences (e.g., customers, clients, or team members). The lazy move is to just send the link and hope that some percentage of the audience investigates it, and that a smaller percentage is able to do something meaningful with it. The less-lazy move might be to layer on some expectations. The winning move, however, is to correctly frame ‘why’ the resource is important, comparing and contrasting how, without that resource having been explored and considered, the service/client/customer relationship will be worse off."
From Make Yourself Clear
Yes, there are many best seller lists on Amazon. Still, it is nice to see that more than a month away from the release that we have cracked the Top 10 for Business Sales.
All of the doodle artwork in Make Yourself Clear was created with Explain Everything using an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil (2nd Gen.). I had actually done one entire set of doodles, but seeing them in context with the book and in print made me realize that a thicker, heavier style would translate better and also be more discernible when smaller versions of the images might be used.
In order to have consistency, I started with a blank project and set up the pen and highlighter thicknesses and colors to the ones I wanted to use. I also had to think about framing the doodles and whitespace around them so that if it was a simple doodle - like a single object - it would not be much larger and thicker in comparison to doodle with multiple components.
In the screenshot above, you will notice the first iteration of one particular doodle (about communication channels) and the second iteration. I think both work well digitally, but the bottom one translates better to the size and medium of our book.
Maya Man, currently one of the “Fivers” of Google’s Creative Lab Five (NYC location) spoke to my students about the intersection of art and coding.
As part of what she shared, we did an activity using p5.js, a very accessible interface for programming (it’s either inspired by or built using the Processing language - I need to understand this relationship better).
One activity she introduced was to look at interesting artwork and then to try and reimagine it by coding drawing actions using Processing. This is meant to be a beginner’s foray into visual art created with code.
She set up a still life for inspiration, and the image above is the code and the outcome of the orange that I focused on.
From Chapter 1 of Make Yourself Clear:
A seesaw is not really a game. It is more of a preoccupation, wherein both parties concentrate on the action, engrossed for as long as it holds their attention. While the board is in motion, there is no end and no beginning. When one person decides to stop – sometimes by rudely jumping off and sending the other person plummeting toward the dirt – the preoccupation ends. For the game to continue, both players have to be mutually invested in the outcome – and each other.
Not the doodle above, but the story depicted below....
"When I approached the service desk this time, though, the person behind it barely looked at me. She was new (to me). While typing and looking at a screen, she told me to see one of the service specialists. She seemed agitated when I asked for further clarification. Somewhere in her training, or in her ongoing assessment from her team leader or supervisor, one of the following had happened: 1) she had been led to believe that paying attention to the screen in front of her was more important than paying attention to a person who had physically entered her service area; 2) she had been rewarded for handling something on the screen rather than the person in front of her; or 3) she had been allowed to persist in her work without realizing a key choice point: deal well with the item on the screen or deal well with the person in front of you (it’s possible, of course, to handle both parties well, though not necessarily at the same exact time)."
To create some on brand, multi-colored doodles for the Make Yourself Clear website, I first had to set up some custom colors in Explain Everything. Using the eye-dropper in the color picker, I was able to pull the 3 colors from an imported image (the one at the top) and set my color palette to match This made it easy to use the colors in lines, object fills, bucket fills, and shape colors. And, those colors stay with the project so if I need to come back and add more images, I'll have those colors ready to go.
On a quarterly check-in call a few weeks ago with one of EE's team members whom I knew was a gamer, I asked what's the best thing he's seen recently. He said "Apex Legends." Now, I love playing video games even though I am not necessarily skilled in any particular genre or format. I just appreciate good game design and being immersed in interesting environments. I used to play Counter-Strike (nearly 20 years ago) and just loved playing with other people even though I was never very good. I somehow got to be around and observe the folks (in IRC!) who ended up creating an eSports website called 'gotFrag' back in the day (go [rdw]). I also like single player games with good stories. eSports and streaming continues to be a growing industry, though still not necessarily recognized much less talked about in most traditional learning and business environments (though some universities, like some pro sports orgs, are starting to create their own eSports divisions).
So I downloaded the free Apex Legends for my PS4 and over the next couple of weeks and learned enough not to completely embarrass myself. I also learned quickly that I will not be improve quickly enough to be like some of the experts who play because I do not have the drive nor the resilience to achieve that kind of excellence.
I was confused - then delighted - when one evening I was paired with two players - @da_olaf and @himmie_ who not only were speaking to me via the in game voice chat but apparently to an external audience as well.
This team proceeded to win our match with very little help needed from me. Soon after I left the match, I decided to investigate and understand what I had just experienced. Sure enough, I found @da_olaf's Twitch.tv channel (and subscribed) and learned that he and @himmie_ are frequent collaborators. I also learned that with Amazon Prime, you get one free Twitch.tv subscription (so if you have an Amazon Prime account and have never explored Twitch - use it one of these guys' channels! It's really interesting). I also found them on Twitter (hence the mentions in the subject line). I had not had a recent reason to be curious about this space, but now I am extremely curious.
I want to draw attention to this experience for a number of reasons:
And if you are curious about my what my gamertag means, it's drrsqrd = Dr. R. Squared