AdamWestbrook

I make and publish things on the internet. Repeatedly doing it wrong until I do it right. www.delve.tv & www.insidethestory.org


Why you’re not a digital superstar


This is a continuation of the thoughts on creativity I first laid out in this post last month.

There’s no shortage of books, blogs and courses out there teaching you how to become a better writer, photographer, filmmaker, designer. I’ve read them all — and I’ve even written a few.


A year of reading thought provoking books


This reading list was originally sent to subscribers of Thinking Aloud, my very occasional newsletter where I, well, think out loud about some of the nebulous ideas forming in my head. If you’d like to join in, please subscribe!

One of the big resolutions I made a year ago (that has actually worked!) was to read more books.


Breaking open the Magic Box

Who are the pioneers turning online video into art?


“What a grand invention it would be if someone could make a magic box…

Storytelling doesn’t need reinventing


There’s this idea going around at the moment that storytelling needs reinvention.

It’s born out of a very honest concern: that our storytelling isn’t very good and not in tune with a changing world. This is a valid worry. There are fewer genuine craftspeople, a weakness towards instant gratification and a worrying lack of empathy.

Publications edited by AdamWestbrook

A place for unconventional left-field ideas, that are so crazy, simple and brilliant they just might work…

On the craft of storytelling to make complex ideas fascinating

Short essays about making and publishing things online


On the shoulders of giants

Time spent in the company of great minds


It all started the day Jonathan Fields took me aside and suggested that I vividly imagine what failure would look like if I quit my job. I tried it out, and a month later I handed in my notice.

Shortly afterwards Tim Ferris told me that doing the unrealistic thing is easier than…


Illustration vs Visualisation

An important distinction in visual storytelling


This is something I think about a lot in my work making complex ideas fascinating for delve.tv.

The challenge is to convey an idea not just simply, but through the essential nature of the medium.


My free degree 

How I hacked my education and earned money learning a vital new skill


I’ve noticed something strange about myself recently.


Breaking Bad Stories

A manifesto for story design in journalism


[NOTE: this is an abridged version of the essay which first appeared in the October issue of Inside


The new publisher’s dilemma

To sell or to share?


I’m having an argument with myself, and I need your help in finding an answer.

I have been publishing products in some form or another since 2008: first with a series of small ebooks I gave away for free, then with a book I tried to sell. After that, I produced short films which I released under a…