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Making something new takes patience. But it also takes faith. Faith that everything will work out in the end. During the development of most any product, there are always times when things aren’t quite right. Times when you feel like you may be going backwards a bit. Times where it’s almost there, but you can’t yet figure out why it isn’t. Times when you hate the thing today that you loved yesterday. Times when what you had in your head isn’t quite what you’re seeing in front of you. Yet. That’s when you need to have faith.

Love this short article by Jason Fried on making things.

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I thought I republish this little closing note that appears in the back of each Offscreen issue. Go Indie! And thanks for your support!

I so want to include this in every issue of Offscreen to feel better about not spotting my own typos. :)

Original photo by eyemagazine

One of the problems with the prevalence of solutions is it overvalues invention and undervalues behavior. We look for a gizmo, when changing how we act can have the desired effect. It seems like we’ve been hoodwinked into a trap of technological dependency. But, technology is only as good or bad as what we use it to do, and I don’t think anyone who works in tech gets into the field with malice as their intent. In fact, usually the opposite, which is why I like this business. Hell, I’m one of the the folks in technology, so none of this criticism excludes me—I only suggest we stop looking at technology as the primary way to fix problems, and stop turning a blind eye to its negative consequences and to the new problems it produces.

Frank Chimero

The last sneak peek before our launch of issue No8 tomorrow! If you haven’t done so, it’s a good time to check your order status to make sure that your subscription covers issue No8 and that your shipping address is still current.

Quote from the upcoming Issue No8. Launch next week.

Quote from the upcoming Issue No8 which launches next week. .

We have these brief lives, and our only real choice is how we will fill them. Your attention is precious. Don’t squander it. Don’t throw it away. Don’t let companies and products steal it from you. Don’t let advertisers trick you into lusting after things you don’t need. Don’t let the media convince you to covet the lives of celebrities. Own your attention — it’s all you really have. In the tradeoff between timeliness and timelessness, choose the latter. The zeitgeist rewards timeliness, but your soul rewards timelessness. Work on things that will last. Inside each of us is a little ten-year-old child, curious and pure, acting on impulse, not yet caring what other people think. Remember what you were doing at ten, and try to get back to doing that thing, incorporating everything you’ve learned along the way.

Jonathan Harris’ essay on Navigating Stuckness is a beautiful summary of what it means to be a maker.

Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time. This is borrowed from the wise and wonderful Debbie Millman, for it’s hard to better capture something so fundamental yet so impatiently overlooked in our culture of immediacy. The myth of the overnight success is just that — a myth — as well as a reminder that our present definition of success needs serious retuning. As I’ve reflected elsewhere, the flower doesn’t go from bud to blossom in one spritely burst and yet, as a culture, we’re disinterested in the tedium of the blossoming. But that’s where all the real magic unfolds in the making of one’s character and destiny.

Congrats to Maria Popova for seven years of running Brain Pickings. I really loved her birthday post about seven things she’s learned. The above is something that’s very close to my heart as it’s one of the few gripes I have with the fast-moving, short-lived nature that is the web (industry).

Getting a great deal on a subscription isn’t the reason to get a magazine. But great content is. (…) The measure of a great magazine is how hard it is to throw the darn thing away.

There are lots of other great nuggets in Huit Denim’s Magazine Theories.

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