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Instead of reading my site

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 03, 2000

Instead of reading my site today, go read Clay Shirky’s thoughts on why the Web grew quickly and, although secondary to his main point, why it’s so damn cool: View Source… Lessons from the Web’s massively parallel development. Sample quotes include “good tools tell you what they do, not what they’re for” and “good tools allow users to do stupid things”. Thanks to Tremendo for the pointer.

Also from Tremendo (among other places) comes the 17 Myths of Graphic Design. Some of it seems contrarian just to be contrarian, but some of it makes sense. Myth #15 was particularly interesting: “A broad portfolio will attract more clients. It may seem counterintuitive, but it’s a law of marketing that the more narrowly you focus your portfolio, the more clients you’ll attract….”

As a generalist (or a wannabe generalist), this alarms me somewhat.