First off: Maine? Bar Harbor? Acadia National Park? Love you guys. Love you. You're beautiful. Next time, don't let me leave. I mean it.
Second off: as I mentioned somewhere in the depths of my previous post—I assume; I mean, I said, like, everything else in there, right?—I've been in the graphic design program at Cleveland State University the last few years. (Which, yes, still, feels kind of weird and impostery, but I'm assured I'll get over that feeling in about thirty or forty years.) This semester I'm diving into an independent study project that I intend to use to find (or create) interesting areas of overlap between the world of books and the world of design. This should involve more than making pretty book-related things—though I'd be lying if I said I'm not a little excited about the pretty book-related things I plan to make. I plan on bringing a design-thinking approach to today's world of books and some of the problems (or big-huge rabbit-ear "problems") out there today. Those pretty things should have impact and should affect and have effects, should be participatory in some way. I'd like to see what opportunities there may be to use design to improve something related to the finding, sharing, and enjoyment of books.
Which either sounds awesome and ambitious or stuffy and dull—your call is welcome in the comments. Either way, I've got that early-stage optimism that has me thinking this is going to result in a slightly more steady stream of actual content here over the next few months, as I share what I learn and ask for help in learning more. I've also got those early-stage heart palpitations that come with seeing a timeline and thinking, Oh no, now I have to do what now? So it's probably safe to say this stream won't include any 7365-word PDF posts. Maybe. Probably. (We'll see.) If nothing else there should be a lot more linking to the thoughts of other people who have gone down this path.
I'm doing some initial planning over the next few days and should be kicking things off here in the next week or so. Unless of course the panic sets in, then, see you in December.