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 of the book and have all the audio interviews transcribed. But now that it’s shipped, you’ll see the update includes quite a bit more than just fixed typos.
- Two new chapters
- Two new audio interviews
- A Makers Q&A section
- All the audio has been remastered
- All the interviews have transcriptions
- The Resource Index
Over these past several months as I’ve been working on the update, I’ve been thinking more and more about what it truly means to be creative. I wrote “Fighting to Stay Creative” about two months ago as part of this whole thought process.
The ideas and principles I shared in that blog post blossomed into what has become the preeminent topic that now concludes Delight is in the Details. Which is: how to stay creative and how to build delightful products.
Something that always bugged me about the first version of the book was that it didn’t offer any how-to guides for building a delightful product. Because, really, there isn’t a checklist for that sort of stuff. But in place of a checklist, we have experience and commitment.
Delight is a choice, not a checklist.
And but so, now that we know we want to do our best creative work, what does that look like? How do we inject delight into our photography, our writing, our music, our apps?
I believe I’ve answered those questions (at least to some degree). This version of the book is what the first version should have been.