Every now and then I find myself swamped by things I've been meaning to blog about but haven't got round to and the moment is rapidly passing. So here's a bunch of them, all together in one convenient package.
Firstly, if you've not seen John's Brief And Unreliable History of Planning you should do. Plus many of the other 'what is planning?' links at the plannersphere. Then there's Richard and what colour is news? and the AdLads interview with the prize-winning Mrs Belmot. Whatever you do you should read Scamp's Tuesday Tips for creatives, I especially like number 11. And you should think about adding something to Ben's Design Disease Flickr Pool.
There's Schulze and Webb and The Hills Are Alive With The Sound Of Interaction Design, which contains more thoughts on experience hooks, and I guarantee you you'll be using Experience Hooks as jargon in the next 12 months. This piece on the background to buzz is worth reading, as is The Economist on The Union Of Television And T'Internet. This is the perfect way for qual researchers and planners to pass their time on a plane and this will help you determine whether x is the new y.
And I'd forgotten about these two splendid and intertwined pieces from Serendipity Book and Max Kalehoff about the negative effect bad research can have on your customers. I've always thought so much research is like strip-mining people's heads, we don't pay enough attention to the fact that the person we're talking to is very likely to be a very important customer - bang in the middle of our target demographic if we've got the recruitment right - and the research experience is invariably a negative brand contact.
Then there's this smart piece on Kids, The Internet and Privacy and here the redoubtable Malcolm Garrett will tell you what he thinks of interactive stuff and whether he wishes he'd done it. And a comment there from Martyn Ware, reminds me that I must try and go to The Future Of Sound gigs. And speaking of musical genius, Dino manages to unite twitter and creole in a single post. And HBR's Breakthrough Ideas are always worth looking at.
I really liked reading about week one at monocle (even if I may have inadvertently provoked Mr Hill into posting). And about how your camera doesn't matter, via (i like). And a little piece from Helen about a writer's bible which hints at all sorts of good practise for brands.
And, I couldn't end without pointing out that Stefan is closing in on his 100th monster and if you haven't seen any of them yet you really should. It's a phenomenon.