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Introducing The Reading Mechanism

As part of our efforts for ongoing education we've been having internal discussions about the various subjects we individually want to keep studying as well as which subjects we should be collectively researching. While it makes sense that some things specific to our areas of expertise would probably be studied independently of each other it also makes sense to explore some things together as a team. Which is why we decided to start a book club, and also decided to share it and welcome anyone who wants to join us.

Today we are launching The Reading Mechanism and our first book selection is the recently released "Design is a Job" by Mike Monteiro. The book is the seventh in the A Book Apart series of "brief books for people who make websites." It is short but it is fully loaded. Though the title says design, it could have easily said development, management, marketing, programming, etc.

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you execute your best work when restricted by limitations? Or, when completely free?
  • In what ways is your role misunderstood by your peers?
  • In what ways are you making your clients better?
  • Are you uncomfortable presenting your work? Why?
  • What is your process? How does it enhance your team's process?
  • In what ways does what Monteiro share relate to the work you are currently doing?
  • Do you agree with him? Disagree? Why?

About the author:
Mike Monteiro is the co-founder and design director of Mule Design, an interactive design studio whose work has been called “delightfully hostile” by The New Yorker. He prefers that designers have strong spines. In early 2011, he gave a Creative Mornings talk entitled “F— You, Pay Me” that featured his lawyer on stage with him, and he can be heard weekly as the co-host of Let’s Make Mistakes with Katie Gillum. You can follow him on Twitter as @Mike_FTW, but we’re not liable for what you’ll see.

The Reading Mechanism will come back in two weeks to share what we learned from the book.


Published by: antonioortiz in The Reading Mechanism

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