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  • Kicking Off a New Series on the Shawn Today Podcast

    29 July 2014, 12:27 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    This is a quick note to all the members here. Yesterday I began a new series on the Shawn Today podcast. Over the next couple weeks I’ll be doing shows related to one of my favorite topics: a focused life. … (More)✚
  • This is How Ira Glass Works

    29 July 2014, 11:07 am by: Shawn Blanc

    Lifehacker has a fantastically nerdy interview with This American Life host, Ira Glass. From tools, to schedule, to workflow, and more. As you’d expect, the thing is filled with interesting and funny tidbits. What’s your best time-saving shortcut/life…
  • The Weekly Briefly: Launch Day Q&A

    25 July 2014, 3:56 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    On this week’s not-so-brief episode, I answer a several reader and listener questions related to the launch of Delight is in the Details. Some of the questions include: What was the moment in which you said “this is good enough”? … (More)✚
  • Here it is: The Big Update to ‘Delight is in the Details’

    23 July 2014, 11:53 am by: Shawn Blanc

    For the past several months I’ve been head down, working on a huge update to my book and interview series, Delight is in the Details. My original plan was simple: fix a few typos that were in the first version … (More)✚
  • ‘The Creative Life’

    23 July 2014, 11:08 am by: Shawn Blanc

    Do me a favor and set aside 9 minutes to watch this video I put together with the help of my friend, Joel Sorge. The video is one of three that comes with Delight is in the Details. This one … (More)✚
  • ✚ Finding Your Fanatics

    21 July 2014, 1:27 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    One component to building an audience, growing a customer base, and/or increasing word-of-mouth referrals is by sweating the details. Put delight in your work. It’s the little things, the moments of delight and the unexpected quality in a product, that ……
  • “Back To The Shack”

    21 July 2014, 1:27 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    The first single from Weezer for their upcoming album. Dropped first on YouTube. It’ll be available on iTunes tomorrow, and they’re performing it on The Tonight Show this Wednesday. ✚✚
  • Sponsorship Opportunities

    21 July 2014, 10:53 am by: Shawn Blanc

    Do you have a product, app, service, or company you’d like to promote directly to this site’s readership and visitors? Good news! This week’s sponsorship spot is available. If you’re interested, or have questions about it, email me and I’ll ……
  • Committing to Sweat the Details

    18 July 2014, 8:38 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    On this week’s episode of my podcast, The Weekly Briefly, I share a lot about some of the most important ideas and values I’ve learned and written about while spending the past several months working on the update to my … (More)✚
  • ✚ Update Coming to ‘Delight is in the Details’

    18 July 2014, 5:38 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    This coming Wednesday, July 23, 2014, is the launch date for the update to my book and interview series, Delight is in the Details. I’ve been working on this update for the last couple of months, and the end is … (More)
  • Overcast

    18 July 2014, 5:29 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    Marco Arment’s amazing new podcast playing app, Overcast, shipped on Wednesday and it’s awesome. I think it’s the best app design work Marco has done yet, and the smart speed feature is absolutely killer. Not only does it save you … (More)✚
  • “I Don’t Have Any Good Ideas”

    18 July 2014, 4:30 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    Seth Godin: What they’re actually saying is, “I don’t have any ideas that are guaranteed to work, and not only that, are guaranteed to cause no criticism or moments when I’m sure the whole thing is going to fall apart.” … (More)✚
  • ✚ A Brief Review of the Synology DS213j

    15 July 2014, 4:08 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    A few months ago, on one of the more nerdy episodes of Shawn Today episodes, I was discussing local backup solutions, my need for a better backup hard drive, and some of the research I was doing on Network Attached … (More)
  • “I Write Because I Don’t Think We’re Done”

    14 July 2014, 3:28 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    The process for how Dustin Lance Black writes his screenplays is incredible. I don’t know how other movie writers do it, but Black’s process is not unlike the way I go about doing my long-form software reviews: Start with a … (More)✚
  • John Voorhees’ sweet Mac setup

    14 July 2014, 11:11 am by: Shawn Blanc

    This week’s setup interview is with a new friend of mine, John Voorhees. I met John at WWDC this year, and we had some great chats about raising boys — I have two little guys; he has three older sons, … (More)✚
  • Sponsor: Save Time, Effort, and Keystrokes with TextExpander

    14 July 2014, 10:34 am by: Shawn Blanc

    TextExpander saves you time and effort by expanding short abbreviations into frequently-used text and pictures. Whether it’s a simple email signature or several paragraphs of a standard response, you’ll love how easy it is to use TextExpander to avoid…
  • ✚ On Working From Home and Running a Business

    10 July 2014, 12:39 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    If you work for yourself, you don’t have the luxury of being passive when it comes to things like community, finances, and work/life boundaries. These things are not taken care of for you by someone else. You have to take … (More)
  • Pinboard Turns Five

    10 July 2014, 10:37 am by: Shawn Blanc

    Huge congrats to Maciej Cegłowski. Pinboard is awesome. If you’re not already using it, I wrote up this Beginner’s Guide a few months back. Also, if you’ve got an iPhone in your pocket and an iPad on your armchair, Pushpin … (More)✚
  • Five Questions for 100 Designers

    9 July 2014, 11:59 am by: Shawn Blanc

    Yevgeny Yermakov is on track to interview 100 designers (mostly graphics folks) asking them each the same 5 questions. No surprise, I could get lost in this kind of stuff. Getting a peek into the values, habits, mistakes, and successes … (More)✚
  • Pay it forward

    8 July 2014, 10:02 am by: Shawn Blanc

    Karen McGrane: Not everything in our professional lives is a transaction, scrutinized and evaluated against how much it costs us, how much someone should pay. Not every teaching relationship must be formalized—a mentoring opportunity, a coach, an internship.…
  • Chuck Skoda’s Sweet iPhone setup

    7 July 2014, 12:26 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    This week’s setup interview is with my pal, Chuck Skoda. I love this part of his answer to our question about which app he could not live without: Focusing on my “can’t-live-without” apps feels like missing the forest for the … (More)✚
  • The Ugmonk Messenger Bag: From Sketch to Finished

    7 July 2014, 12:06 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    Jeff Sheldon: The original idea for the bag started over 2 years ago but it was a long process to finally see the finished product through. Each new product is a learning process and brings on new challenges, but in … (More)✚
  • Investing in Quality

    2 July 2014, 6:24 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    I’m publishing this week’s episode of The Weekly Briefly a bit early, because of the holiday weekend. In this week’s episode I talk about some different expressions of what investing in quality looks like. Not just from the common standpoint ……
  • Your 1Password for iOS Tip of the Day

    2 July 2014, 11:35 am by: Shawn Blanc

    My pal Chris Gonzales pointed this out on Twitter and it was news to me: when you’re browsing a list of login items in 1Password on iOS, if you swipe from left-to-right on an item then you get the option … (More)✚
  • Sponsor: Slim Your Wallet

    1 July 2014, 10:05 am by: Shawn Blanc

    Slim Your Wallet — it’s easier than you think. No one wants a brick wallet weighing down their back. Here are some easy tips to slim down. Differentiate between your most frequently used and least used cards. Store the less … (More)✚
  • The Tools & Toys Guide to Backyard Cooking

    1 July 2014, 9:36 am by: Shawn Blanc

    Speaking of July and summer, if you’re planning on grilling out this holiday weekend, I updated my backyard cooking just recently. It’s got a list of everything you need to make the best smoked ribs, beef brisket, hamburgers, and/or bbq … (More)✚
  • Apps for Summer

    1 July 2014, 9:26 am by: Shawn Blanc

    Hello, July. Over on The Sweet Setup, we put together a short list of awesome apps that will help you get the most out of your summer. ✚✚
  • Jago Silver’s Sweet Setup

    30 June 2014, 11:14 am by: Shawn Blanc

    By far and away, this week’s setup interview is one of my all-time favorites. For one, I’m a long-time fan of Jago’s illustrations (he’s the artist behind the Jesus Storybook Bible, which we love), so it’s awesome to see his … (More)✚
  • Cheers, Editorially. Now what?

    27 June 2014, 5:58 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    As you know, Editorially (which was awesome), shut its doors recently. Over at The Sweet Setup, we used Editorially every single day — it was our ideal collaborative writing tool. Jeff Abbott wrote an overview of what made Editorially so … (More)✚
  • The Lifeblood of Creativity

    27 June 2014, 3:17 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    This week, on my podcast, The Weekly Briefly, I talk about the connection between staying creative and building a delightful product. Both have the same “guiding principles”, in that they are expressions of serving others. Sponsored by: Backblaze:…

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