March 24, 2010
Staff Picks: The Illustration of Rework
Rohde discusses the process of bringing it all together in a guest post on the Signals vs. Noise blog today. One of the great things about the process is that they used the 37signals software the authors' company developed (most notably Basecamp) to share and organize the creative work. (It is something we do here at 8cr as well—for everything from ChangeThis and our web ads, to In the Books and our biggest project ever, The 100 Best Business Books of All Time.)
Organizing creative work is hard.* Documenting how they've accomplished what they have in relatively short time is really helpful. I highly suggest closely reading the full post, but here's where it ends up:
It’s amazing what we were able to produce in just 16 weeks, all while I worked nights and weekends and had a baby in the middle of the project. Our constant communications and use of Basecamp really made the difference.
Amazing, indeed. You can read more about how they managed the process in a previous post from Rohde, or check out the illustrations as a photo set on flickr. Or, if you'd like to learn more about the book, check out the author's ChangeThis manifesto or Jack's Jack Covert Selects review. You won't get the illustrative genius of Mr. Rohde in either of those last two links, but you'll get an idea of the authors' great work—and why you'll want to buy many, many copies of the book.
*You can look forward to the release of Scott Belsky's Making Ideas Happen next month to help with this, though.
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.