New Shoes

You’ve just bought new shoes. Thoroughly sexy Italian leather, the newest style which nobody has yet because you’re one of those people who shops in Milan. And you’ve got hopes for your shoes: the people you’ll meet and how impressed they’ll be by them, the places you’ll go in them, the elegantly worn-in look they’ll develop through years of wear and care. But what if they rub and pinch?

You’ve just bought new shoes. Sexy Italian leather, handcrafted, perfect fit. And you’ve got hopes for your shoes: the people you’ll impress with them, the places you’ll go in them, the elegantly worn-in look they’ll develop through years of wear and care.

But what if they rub and pinch? You hate blisters. And are they actually stylish, or will you be the only fool wearing anything like them? Maybe they’ll fall apart? Will the dye run in the rain?

The trick with getting started with anything is to ignore your expectations, hopes and fears, and take the first step in your new shoes. A blog’s a project like any other, so the shoes are now on and I’m walkin’.

I’ve been thinking increasingly about interface design – be it in the Web, an application or in my kitchen – and often my thoughts lead me in directions which aren’t relevant, or perhaps fitting, to my clients, projects and employer. I’ll be using this space to think out loud, save ideas, and ask questions. There will be occasional pretty pictures too. There won’t be any politics, little or no personal ramblings, and certainly almost no religion. There will also be no pie. Disclaimer: the views I’ll be expressing here are not necessarily those of blah blah blah etc.

In order to avoid forcing it with my first post, here’s a survey of a number of blogs that regularly inspire and interest me – all of whom have been walking this walk far longer than I – and how they took their first steps:

Airbag Industries, from January 15 2002

Entering the small office, looking at the gentleman, my co-worker, from Mexico I ask, “Hey Mak, do we get Martin Luther Jr. Day off?”…

Jason Santa Maria, from March 4 2003

…welcome to the new version of my site. I have been losing sleep for weeks to finish this damn thing, and I can’t describe my excitement…

Subtraction, from July 17 2000

Fitzgerald wrote: “The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and beauty of the world.”

Powazek, from February 4, 2003

The local guy who always wears the beret and skirt isn’t gay. The failed city councilman is…

Ideas on Ideas, from December 14th, 2005

We felt that if we could capture their interest for a few moments with some fun stories, it was likely that they would remember us in the future, should we get in touch, or send some updated materials…