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The World’s Writing Systems
"This web site presents one glyph for each of the world’s writing systems. It is the first step of the Missing Scripts Project , a long-term initiative that aims to identify writing systems which are not yet encoded in the Unicode standard. As of today, there are still 146 scripts not yet encoded in Unicode."
art  history  typography  writing  language  society  communication 
january 2019 by garrettc
Vellum
Create beautiful books with Vellum software for macOS
ebooks  publishing  writing  epub  software  tools 
december 2018 by garrettc
IFComp 2018
The Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (IFComp) welcomes all kinds of text-driven digital stories and games, making them freely available in order to encourage the creation, play, and discussion of interactive fiction.
fiction  writing  interactive  interactivefiction 
november 2018 by garrettc
Notion – The all-in-one workspace for your notes, tasks, wikis, and databases.
"A new tool that blends your everyday work apps into one. It's the all-in-one workspace for you and your team"
collaboration  text  wiki  writing  tool 
november 2018 by garrettc
The Open Notebook
“The Open Notebook is a website dedicated to the art of science writing. Although the ostensible audience is science writers, the site is also a treasure trove for readers who love science writing. It features interviews with authors of prominent pieces about their process in writing the piece, profiles of days in the life of science writers, discussions of the elements of science writing craft including annotated breakdowns of award-winning stories analyzing how they work, and more.”
science  writing  blog 
october 2018 by garrettc
Aeon Timeline
Timeline software for creative writing.
app  software  timeline  writing  macos  osx  windows  ios 
june 2018 by garrettc
Words To Avoid in Educational Writing
"I'm no English major, but as a writer and consumer of loads of educational (mostly tech) writing, I've come to notice a number of words and phrases that come up fairly often and don't add anything to the writing. In fact, they might detract from it. This started as a Twitter discussion so I thought I'd write it up."
education  writing  technology  bestpractice 
may 2018 by garrettc
Untold AI: Tone over time
"When we begin to look at AI stories over time, as we did in the prior post and will continue in this one, one of the basic changes we can track is how the stories seem to want us to feel about AI, or their tone. Are they more positive about AI, more negative, or neutral/balanced?"
artificialintelligence  critique  analysis  writing  cinema  film  sciencefiction 
april 2018 by garrettc
Voyages in sentence space
"Imagine a sentence. “I went looking for adventure.”

Imagine another one. “I never returned.”

Now imagine a sentence gradient between them—not a story, but a smooth interpolation of meaning."
language  text  neuralnetworks  programming  writing 
march 2018 by garrettc
Storyframes before wireframes
"Browsing a well-crafted interface is like reading a great story. As designers, why are we not incorporating screenwriting techniques more often into our process?"
storytelling  webdesign  designthinking  wireframes  writing  copywriting 
december 2017 by garrettc
Alex: Catch insensitive, inconsiderate writing
Whether your own or someone else’s writing, alex helps you find gender favouring, polarising, race related, religion inconsiderate, or other unequal phrasing.
writing  language  equality  gender  javascript  society  cli  tool  nodejs 
november 2017 by garrettc
What nobody tells you about documentation - Blog - Divio
"There is a secret that needs to be understood in order to write good software documentation: there isn’t one thing called documentation, there are four.

They are: tutorials, how-to guides, discussions and technical reference. They represent four different purposes or functions, and require four different approaches to their creation. Understanding the implications of this will help improve most software documentation - often immensely."
support  documentation  writing  software 
september 2017 by garrettc
Teller Reveals His Secrets
The smaller, quieter half of the magician duo Penn & Teller writes about how magicians manipulate the human mind
magic  psychology  writing 
may 2017 by garrettc
Transcribe - online transcription and dictation software
Transcribe saves thousands of hours every month in transcription time for journalists, lawyers and students all over the world.
audio  transcription  tools  software  productivity  dictation  writing 
april 2017 by garrettc
Pixar in a Box
"Pixar in a Box is a behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs. You will be able to animate bouncing balls, build a swarm of robots, and make virtual fireworks explode. The subjects you learn in school — math, science, computer science, and humanities — are used every day to create amazing movies at Pixar."
animation  education  pixar  khanacademy  learning  writing  storytelling  simulation  modelling 
march 2017 by garrettc
How (and why) to write good documentation
Patience and empathy are the basis of good documentation, much as they are the basis for being a decent person. Here's a how-to for creating better open source project docs, which can help your users and grow your community.
documentation  opensource  writing 
january 2017 by garrettc
Take the Time to Use Fewer Words
If a user experience needs an explanation, something is fundamentally broken. Consider redesigning the experience until people no longer need it explained to them.
userexperience  pamoja  writing  contentdesign  content  contentstrategy 
january 2017 by garrettc
Find the Right Words - Words To Use
Can't think of the right word? Here you'll find subjects divided by parts of speech so that you can simply browse words to describe products, colors, sex, birthday greetings, card messages, and so much more.
writing  language  reference  semantics  words 
january 2017 by garrettc
Textio: Hire smarter.
Boost your hiring performance by every metric that matters: Textio users recruit better qualified, more diverse talent—and they get it done faster.
hr  writing  job  diversity  equality  society  copywriting 
november 2016 by garrettc
How I Wrote Arrival (and What I Learned Doing It)
Screenwriter Eric Heisserer shares notes and extracts from early drafts as he breaks down how he adapted Ted Chiang's "Story of Your Life."
arrival  film  cinema  writing  screenwriting  script  process 
november 2016 by garrettc
Bullet Journal
A step-by-step guide to learn how to use the Bullet Journal productivity system.
gtd  productivity  writing 
october 2016 by garrettc
Etherpad
"A highly customizable Open Source online editor providing collaborative editing in really real-time"
collaboration  opensource  writing  tools 
september 2016 by garrettc
Five tips for improving your technical writing and documentation.
Get more users and fewer support requests by leveling up your writing and technical documentation.
documentation  writing  readme 
september 2016 by garrettc
The Punctuation Guide
The web's most comprehensive guide to American punctuation.
writing  punctuation  grammar  guide  english  reference 
august 2016 by garrettc
17 Nov
- As she marched down the street the wind whipped her hair into vicious tendrils. They snatched at her eyelashes and fought savagely for the soft rosy flesh of her cheeks. She spat out their...
writing  paragraph  friends 
november 2015 by garrettc
Welcome to Madoko
"Madoko is a fast markdown processor for writing professional articles, books, manuals, webpages and presentations, with a focus on simplicity and plain text readability.

With Madoko you can write complex documents completely in markdown and get beautiful PDF and HTML output. "
markdown  content  writing  tools  html  pdf  latex 
september 2015 by garrettc
MailChimp Style Guide
Guidelines and resources for web writers and editors. Includes: voice and tone, grammar, web style, social media, email newsletters, blog posts, legal content, technical content, accessibility, translation, copyright, and more.
writing  styleguide  grammar  mailchimp  design  inspiration  copywriting 
august 2015 by garrettc
OverType
The Over-The-Top Typewriter Simulator
editor  simulation  typewriter  history  writing 
august 2015 by garrettc
inklewriter
A free tool designed to allow anyone to write and publish interactive stories.
storytelling  writing  fiction  interactive 
january 2015 by garrettc
25.io | Mou - Markdown editor for developers, on Mac OS X.
Mou is a great markdown editor for Mac OS X. It features live preview, sync scroll, custom CSS, HTML and PDF export
editor  markdown  writing 
november 2014 by garrettc
Markua
A superset of markdown to write books and documentation
markdown  authoring  writing  documentation  books 
october 2014 by garrettc
Hypertext As An Agent Of Change
Mandy Brown's incredible presentation from dConstruct 2014:

"Either we work against the systems that prolong inequality — or we perpetuate them."
equality  feminism  writing  society  internet  worldwideweb 
september 2014 by garrettc
Words
"You and I have been able to connect because I wrote this and you're reading it. That's the web. Despite our different locations, devices, and time-zones we can connect here, on a simple HTML page."
essay  web  writing  inspiration  webdesign  responsivedesign 
november 2013 by garrettc
A Dark Room
Well written and compelling text based adventure.
design  writing  game  text 
june 2013 by garrettc
How to blog
A must-read for all writers, bloggers, journalists; both aspiring and working. From Boing Boing's Rob Beschizza.
blog  writing  creative  copywriting  advice  wdcs  wdcsintranet 
april 2012 by garrettc
It’s time for Word to die
"A Word file is the story-fax of the early 21st century: cumbersome, inefficient, and a relic of obsolete assumptions about technology. It's time to give up on Word." - Hear hear!!
microsoft  software  word  writing 
april 2012 by garrettc
Incept Dates
Erin Kissane on life, death, Blade Runner and babies. Fantastic writer.
biology  life  erinkissane  writing  writer  inspiration  sciencefiction 
april 2012 by garrettc
Henry Miller's 11 Commandments
I love #7: "Keep human! See people, go places, drink if you feel like it."
advice  creativity  life  writing  writer 
february 2012 by garrettc
Twitter by Post
Giles Turnbull decided to move Twitter offline and into the postal service, with the help of some friends and lots of stamps. Lovely essay.
communication  humour  twitter  postcard  writing 
december 2011 by garrettc
10 steps to better blogging
A good list from Dan Frommer at his new site SplatF
advice  blog  writing  technique 
december 2011 by garrettc
OnlineStylebooks.com
Search 43 different stylebooks at once. Just in case you're not confused enough.
reference  writing  style  editing  search  styleguide  grammar 
february 2011 by garrettc
Advice for CMS users
Coverring things like accessibility and writing for the web
cms  writing  web  copywriting  tips  text 
october 2010 by garrettc
Writer In Residence
An absolutely gorgeous building designed specifically to be a writer's retreat.
reading  writing  design  architecture 
september 2010 by garrettc
Writing great documentation
"Tech docs can take a bunch of different forms ranging from high-level overviews, to step-by-step walkthroughs, to auto-generated API documentation. Unfortunately, no single format works for all users; there’s huge differences in the way that people learn, so a well-documented project needs to provide many different forms of documentation."
documentation  writing  howto  tutorial  tips 
july 2010 by garrettc
Budding
Ben Hammersley's new project helps writers and editors publish content across multiple platforms, launches in the Spring. One to watch
publishing  content  mobile  writing  editing 
january 2010 by garrettc
24 ways: The Construction of Instruction
5 simple rules for effective and communicative copy writing on the web. Plus it mentions gin, which is always good.
copywriting  microcopy  writing  webdevelopment 
december 2009 by garrettc
Ommwriter
A writeRoom.app alternative with a gorgeous UI.
writing  software  editor  inspiration  productivity  design  userinterface  osx 
november 2009 by garrettc
Writing Microcopy
Even the smallest pieces of copy can make a difference. Copy is interface.
usability  writing  copywriting  content  microcopy  webdesign  userexperience  userinterface 
june 2009 by garrettc
Copywriting: a prescription for great text
Copywriting advice from Amanda Aitken (aka, the stylish copywriter)
tutorial  resource  advice  howto  writing  copywriting 
may 2009 by garrettc
In defense of Twitter
Jason Kottke on how people who dismiss twitter for the seemingly banal chit-chat are missing the larger point.
twitter  culture  communication  socialmedia  society  writing 
april 2009 by garrettc
Cool Tools: Uni-ball Kuru Toga
I must have these. I'm such a sucker for cool mechanical pencils.
cool  writing  tobuy  pencil  japanese  tools 
december 2008 by garrettc
Writing Content that Works for a Living
Arin Kissane from Happy Cog writes about effective wopywriting.
writing  webdesign  usability  text  style  content  userexperience  tips 
november 2008 by garrettc
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