Art of Explanation
Well, The Art of Explanation book is getting a lot more real. A few days ago we finalized the cover for the book: What do you think? If you'd like to track our progress, check out the Art of Explanation website.
Over the past month, Sachi and I have been neck-deep in ideas surrounding explanation, and it has been one of the most creative times in our lives. As you may remember, I'm writing a book called The Art of Explanation that will be out in October of 2012. To make our deadlines with the publisher, we took time this month to focus almost solely on the book - and that we did. I've written and Sachi has edited almost 60,000 words in the last month or so, which is much more than will appear in the... Continue Reading
It’s true. The book is called “The Art of Explanation” and it should hit the shelves in the fall of 2012, published by Wiley & Sons. The Big Idea: The Art of Explanation is built on the very simple idea that explanation is a skill that can be learned and improved. The book is designed to help people rethink how they communicate and learn to package ideas into simple explanations that make people care, whether it’s at home, work or school. Background: For many years, I’ve been a... Continue Reading
The following post is a part of a series called "Explainer Tips" where we share lessons we've learned in crafting explanations. One of the books that I read just before creating our first videos was Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath. More than almost any other, this book helped me see new opportunities to present ideas in a unique way. One idea from the book really stands out - it's The Curse of Knowledge We've all experienced it - in talking to a doctor, an engineer or academic, we get... Continue Reading
The following post is a part of a series called "Explainer Tips" where we share lessons we've learned in crafting explanations. You likely have friends and family members who consider themselves non-technical. When discussion turns to anything related to computer, they throw up their hands and say "I just don't get tech stuff!" The truth is, this is the vast majority of people. And it's completely understandable why they feel this way. Technology can be very intimidating and many of the most... Continue Reading
The following post is a part of a series called "Explainer Tips" where we share lessons we've learned in crafting explanations. Looking back on my education, one thing becomes clear: I was a not a good math student. What I've learned since then, is that I had the potential to enjoy math, but there was a mismatch between the way I needed to learn and the way I was taught. I wrote about this previously in a post called "Talkin Bout My Education." Math turned me off because it seemed like... Continue Reading