Saturday, February 03, 2007

Blah blah blah

[reading: Kingsley Amis, "Lucky Jim", Adobe Creative Team, "Adobe InDesign CS2: Classroom in a Book"; recently: Adobe Creative Team, "Adobe Illustrator CS2: Classroom in a Book", Alan Moore, "Promethea Books 1 2 3 4 5"]

I came across a really useful observation in Steve Krug's "Don't Make Me Think*" the other day:

Happy talk must die. If you're not sure whether something is happy talk, there's one sure-fire test: If you listen very closely while you're reading it, you can actually hear a tiny voice in the back of your head saying, 'Blah blah blah blah blah….'

What's more worrying is when you get that same tiny voice repeating "blah blah blah" when you're writing.

*Excellent book, BTW; up there with Joel's UI book for accuracy, humour and pithiness.

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