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May 18, 2012

Drawar and One Great Thing

Over the past two weeks I’ve been doing a lot of retrospection. You can see some of those thoughts on my personal blog, but a lot of it comes down to being great at one thing. Looking at Drawar I’ve always loved the community that has built around it, but it suffers because I am never able to focus and make it one great thing. It is decent at a lot of things, but not great at a singlet thing. That bothers me.

When you run a blog, site, or community, it is easy to get caught up in what other sites are doing. You see that they are popular, you study what makes them popular, and then you emulate them. It works in the short term for a lot of (shitty) design sites, but it isn’t the way to long term happiness for me. When I started writing about design in 2002 it was because I wanted to chronicle everything that I was learning. If I was able to write down my thoughts on design I could better understand design. You still see that happening here, but you also see me go in other directions as well. What you end up with is a cornucopia of content that can be difficult to relate to. I know some of you enjoy the breadth of content that is on here and maybe it will stay the same, but I have to figure out what the purpose of this site is. What will be Drawar’s one great thing?

With this in mind I’m going to take a break and return July 2nd. This is not one of those I’m burned out I need time off kind of breaks, this is one to get my bearings straight and provide a site that is valuable to both you and me. When you spend so much time in the trenches it is hard to see the larger picture. I think the design community needs better resources that explore design from a why perspective than how perspective. I’ll be working on another site that I believe is going to be a great resource for designers, a sister site to Drawar, and that will coincide with the ‘relaunch’ of Drawar.

During this time I’ll be active in the Drawar Community, posting in the Resources and Collections, and making sure the Twitter feed is a useful design resource for all. I’m also working on a new series with Smashing Magazine so keep an eye out on that as well.

When the site comes back it will be great at something. It and the community (that’s you) deserve that much from me.