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The Art of Explanation has been out for about 1.5 years now and it's been exciting to see how it has made it's way around the world. The book has now been translated into 6 languages (including 2 versions of Chinese). A Russian version is forthcoming. Top row: Korean, Hungarian, Simplified Chinese Bottom Row: Japanese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese. It's fascinating to see the book in other languages and consider what goes into the design. For example, the western translations in Hungarian... Continue Reading
It's true! The Art of Explanation, has now been published in the Korean language. It was been great working with the Korean publisher and the translator, Kyo, who is our #1 fan in Korea. I asked Kyo to help me understand the title and he provided this: It is now available in Korean Bookstores and online. I'm impressed with the layout and design. As an author, I have no control over these factors, but I was pleasantly surprised. So far we have translation deals in these languages, but we... Continue Reading
Jason Kottke pointed me to a passage from the Kurt Vonnegut novel Bluebeard, where he outlines the three types of specialists that are needed for success in a revolution. Remarkably, one is an explainer. Here’s the passage: Slazinger claims to have learned from history that most people cannot open their minds to new ideas unless a mind-opening teams with a peculiar membership goes to work on them. Otherwise, life will go on exactly as before, no matter how painful, unrealistic, unjust,... Continue Reading
About 6 months ago, my first book was published: The Art of Explanation. Being my first, I didn’t know what to expect from the process, the reviews, the sales, the marketing. Thankfully I found my way through and now have some information on how it’s been received. First, let me start by offering a HUGE thanks to all the people who have purchased the book. You rock. I wish I could thank you more personally. I hope it has helped you think differently about how you communicate. So how IS the... Continue Reading
Sachi and I are heading to Hawaii soon and we're planning to host a little event in Honolulu. As you may know, Sachi is from Hawaii and we thought it would be fun to meet some good folks. Come enjoy a low key gathering with drinks and pupus. Details: When: Thursday, January 17, 5-7pm Where: The Manifest, 32 N Hotel St., Honolulu We've created a public event on Facebook. Please RSVP there if you can. Mahalo!
QR codes often get a bad rap these days. The ugly little boxes appear everywhere and to many, they seem to be a waste of time and space. But the reality of QR codes is like any tool - the value is determined by how it’s used. When used effectively, QR codes bridge online and offline worlds by making it easier to use a mobile phone to visit a webpage, for example. This three-minute video explains QR codes: Email readers can watch the video here. QR Codes in Books - Why? My book The Art of... Continue Reading
Dear Common Craft friends and fans, I’m writing to humbly ask for your help. The Art of Explanation, my new book, recently became fully available in bookstores and online. And now, it’s up to us to get the word out - and I’m hoping you can help. First, I hope you’ll consider buying the book. It’s meant for everyone and especially professionals. If you’ve already purchased and read it, please consider writing a quick review on Amazon or your website. There a number of other ways you can... Continue Reading
I think we’re at the very beginning of a huge transformation that will change how we think about books. Thanks to new devices and publishing platforms, books are becoming more interactive and multimedia. One form this is taking is the "enhanced" ebook. To understand the enhanced versions, let’s start with normal ebooks. “Normal” ebooks are essentially digital versions of regular books that are usually read on devices like the Kindle, iPad and Nook. For most of their history, ebooks have... Continue Reading
The story below is based on ideas from my book The Art of Explanation, now out in print and ebooks. Perfect airplane reading! You’ve been there before. You sit down to gorge yourself on turkey when the questioning starts. Sitting across from you is Uncle Henry. He’s spry at 65, but is not so knowledgeable about technology. He asks, “So tell me again what it is you do for a living?” Your Mom hears the question and tunes in. “Yes, do tell!” she says, attracting the attention of everyone at... Continue Reading
A few weeks back I had coffee with Kalid Azad, who runs Better Explained, a blog and book that focuses on the use of intuition to understand “gnarly” subjects like math and programming. His tagline is “Learn right, not rote”. I love that. Kalid made a point that day that stuck with me. Here it is from a blog post called “Developing Your Intuition for Math”. Our initial exposure to an idea shapes our intuition. And our intuition impacts how much we enjoy a subject. What do I mean? Suppose... Continue Reading
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