So I’m finally writing a book…

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ciagov/7375601624/ (yes, that’s a Mongolian typewriter)

Over my nearly 20 years in the web and design worlds, I’ve been asked when the heck I’m going to write a book. And I haven’t. Time feels like an easy excuse, but honestly, I’ve struggled finding the right ideas to convey in a book.

I’m a generalist, after all. I’m not someone who’s going to offer deep insight into the minutiae of how to work with an API or on how to deal with a very niche part of the UX process. And niches are how people get a following — and work. If I said “CSS grids,” two women would surely come to mind. “Design thinking” is another niche idea (albeit an old one) that has been tied to a set of people and a set of design firms.

Us generalists, well, we just keep working, thinking broadly, and never getting a book deal because it’s all so interesting.

And then one afternoon, in need of a distraction from These Times We Live In, I spent 90 minutes writing up my thoughts for new designers. And… well, it’s been read. A lot. Over 10,000 times, in fact.

I’d been toying around with a “primer for UX” for a while, a book that explained the fundamentals of how the user experience world worked — and what you needed to be successful in it. It’s a book that feels necessary. I’m asked constantly for my thoughts on breaking into the industry, picking the right things to focus on, how to plot a course from junior designer to senior designer to principal.

If 10,000 people want to read something I wrote about these subjects, read it to the end, and highlight just about every sentence, I’m guessing there is an audience for this.

So.

I’m writing the book and will self-publish it sometime in early 2018. I don’t have a title yet. But I’m going to do my damnest to write a book that designers can go back to over and over again during their journey through the design world.

Sign up to hear first when it’s ready. I promise I won’t email you much, and I might even send out some previews.

I’m not under the belief that this will be easy. But, then, what’s the point of doing the easy thing?