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ALA Survey for People Who Make Websites

It’s once again time to turn the mirror on ourselves and figure out what we’re made of. Of course I mean it’s time to take the annual A List Apart survey.

The survey seeks to give all of us as a community a better idea of where we stand, and now in this second year, we’ll be able to start tracking differences from last year. Like before, we’ll publish the results in an upcoming issue of A List Apart, as well as provide the anonymized raw data for you to crunch however you like. We had nearly 33,000 of you take part last year, and hope to have even more this time. Each year we gather this information, we gain greater insight into our industry, and help those we work for understand us better. Please do your part. Stand up and be counted!



The website for Gary Hustwit’s new film, Objectified, went live yesterday. You might remember Gary as the director of Helvetica, the 2007 hit documentary on the typeface of the same name. I put together the site for Gary dead quickly using WordPress, which remains one of the best and easiest ways to get a site online.

Objectified tries to understand “our relationship to mass-produced objects and, by extension, the people who design them.” Just by looking at some of the people in the film so far—Jonathan Ive, Marc Newson, Dieter Rams—you can see this is going to be really interesting. In the meantime, until the film comes out next year, stop by and check out Gary’s introduction to the film, some of the early production stills, or grab a shirt bearing the film’s logo (different than the site logo) lovingly designed by Michael C. Place (of the UK firm Build, as well as one of the stars Helvetica).

Field-Tested Books

By the Book

Last night I had the pleasure to join a local selection of Field-Tested Books reviewers for a live reading event in New York at The Delancey. It was very crowded and very loud, but that didn’t stop us from having a blast. I snapped a few blurry photos from the first half of the event (the second half of the evening thwarted my paltry flash) and dropped them on Flickr. Thanks to Coudal Partners for the good times!


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