I’ve not really kept up with my 2012 todo list in terms of writing despite an offer to write a book on Responsive Design for Smashing Magazine (although it looks like Tim Kadlec has very comprehensively written very close to what I had in mind for my draft contents) and while some of my initial research turned into one of the most popular posts on Net Magazine I’m generally not getting much joy from writing or sharing my thoughts at the moment.
As someone who until the last few months has been an active writer, right now it sometimes feels like there’s a pit of lions waiting to pounce the second that publish button has been hit.
There’s a lot of jockeying for position in the industry at the moment and there’s a lot of people queuing up to tell whoever will listen what to do and think (myself included from time to time..) through a variety of channels.
Everyone has an opinion, some are based on years of experience, some are speculating on what might be best practice in a year, others are chipping in here and there with thoughts and ideas. The learning curve we’re up against right now is exceedingly steep and I’m having difficulty focusing on the signal over the noise but the stakes are extremely high. It’s like a digital Klondike gold rush.
Solve a problem, become a star
The right idea or approach at the right time could make you famous, is this why we’re all quick with an opinion or are we just better connected now than 5 years ago when a relative dinosaur like me sometimes gets stuck thinking things used to be better back in the day when they probably weren’t?
One thing I do know is that a few great thinkers will always emerge and a few loud talking self promoters will share the rarified air at the top of the pile while everyone is either following or experimenting. Fame to me isn’t something to aim for but I can see why it appeals as a by-product of a good idea, after all, there’s a chance of getting better projects or contracts if you’re well known.
I simultaneously like and dislike the many voices throwing stuff into the big thinking pot of design, on the one hand, it’s a lot of work keeping up and figuring what’s a clever solution to a real problem and what’s been invented to sound like it’s solving a problem but thinking about it, it’s nice to have have a lot to read through and I guess any problem with personalities, approaches, scripts, code, blogs are ultimately my responsibility to filter out the good from the bad.
I just wish occasionally it weren’t so difficult and time consuming having to strip out the names and personalities and objectively look at what’s being said or demonstrated because there’s gold in them thar hills, I’ve just got to sift a bit to find it.