13 posts tagged making things

Bootstrapped, Profitable, & Proud: Coudal

Even if you like your job (and your clients) Coudal’s profile in the 37signals Bootstrapped, Profitable, & Proud series is a good read.

Coudal’s firm was one of the first on my radar, back before I even started gb Studio. I remember passing their videos around the office, admiring how awesome the Jewelboxing line of products was, and wishing I’d thought of The DECK.

Good Software Takes Ten Years. Get Used To it.

Joel’s article, referenced by DHH in the article from the last post is a good expansion on the idea of taking your time to build a business with software as its core product.

The obsession with next

Please take a moment and read the entirety of this short piece. Some may think David is being black & white. I don’t think so; there are always exceptions to the rules. But I think what he’s saying is that we’re too often chasing the exceptions. And companies, projects, software, and customers can suffer for it.

James Dyson on Engineering vs. Marketing

I keep coming back to the idea of craftsmanship. It’s not that everyone really needs to be able to do everything in the scope of the business they work at, but in the creative/design fields you need to care how a thing is made, at the very least. At best, you could make it yourself, if you needed to.

Tartine Bread

This has made the rounds, but if you haven’t seen it yet, and like bread—who doesn’t?—it will make your mouth water. I love getting a little peak into the craftsmanship that can go into something as seemingly simple as a staple food.

A Look at the Etsy Headquarters

This post on Swissmiss led me to the one linked above on Apartment Therapy with some excellent photos of Etsy’s office space.

The company’s site is full of amazing artists and craftspeople and so it only made sense for them to decorate their offices almost entirely with items purchased from their own customers. What a fun, eclectic space. I’d love to see it next time I’m in New York.

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The story of the 100,000th Big Cartel Store

Editorial Design at its Best.

I’m a sucker for good editorial design. Maybe it’s my background in print design, or the fact that I think truly good editorial layout design is so rare on the web, but either way, if it’s good, it catches my eye.

In celebration of their 100,000th store, Big Cartel produced this microsite. Designer Chance Graham really outdid himself. The photography is excellent too, and I’d love to know more about how they sourced it.

It’s also worth noting the use of web fonts, specifically from Typekit. A lot of what would’ve needed to be images to achieve the same design effects can now be normal type on the page. Good typography can change the whole feel of the page. As a designer, it’s quite liberating to have more than just the standard web-safe fonts to choose from now.

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