I don’t know about you, but I spend a lot of my time “doing”.
Sometimes I know what I’m “doing”… however most of the time I am learning as I go with broad conceptual understanding, while at the same time pretending to be an expert. The professional world where most of us live floats primarily in the space between urgency and emergency. I can attest that is especially true in the interactive market where specialities, languages and platforms are constantly changing. As I get older (and maybe wiser), I am continuing to realize that dedicated time set aside for learning is not only few and far between but immensely valuable to progress.
Recently I stumbled upon a great publishing company called Rockable Press (http://rockablepress.com/) who produce amazing resources specifically for designer / developer / interactive types like myself.
As they put it:
“At Rockable Press, we produce simple, straight forward how-to guides and resources for web and creative professionals. We are a small web publishing outfit operated by Envato with authors based around the world.”
I went ahead and purchased a few of their resources and was blown away with the effort they put into their products. No fluff… straight to the meat. It’s like the authors are aware that you are thinking “I need to be working right now… this better be worth it.” and write accordingly.
Each of the books come with all applicable materials – videos, source files, documentation, etc. And, might I say as an added plus, they are designed pretty well too!
As an aspiring author myself, this is the kind of publisher I would LOVE to write for. Rockable realizes, as many still don’t, that creative professionals desperately need timely, relevant resources that optimize learning and more importantly, get us back to what we get paid for – “doing”.