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DeveloPassion's Newsletter - Creativity

DeveloPassion's Newsletter - Creativity
By Sébastien Dubois • Issue #34 • View online
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Welcome to the 34th edition
Another week, another newsletter! I hope that you all had a great one 🤩
This week I’ve received my copy of Sahil’s latest book: The Minimalist Entrepreneur. I can’t wait to read it! Once I’m done, I’ll share my notes with you. But before I get to it, I have to finish the wonderful book I’m reading about design & psychology.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve learned a metric ton of new things this week! I have taken ~80 pages of notes. The problem is that I haven’t taken the time to put those in my second brain. Hopefully I’ll catch up in the coming weeks 😂

An overview of the notes I've added to my second brain this week
An overview of the notes I've added to my second brain this week
Board games and creativity
This weekend, to unwind a bit, I’ve tried new board games:
  • Iwari, a strategy game with the following mechanisms: area majority/influence, card drafting, hand management, and network/route building
  • 7 Wonders: Architects: another strategy game. This one is a simplified version of the classic 7 Wonders
  • Exploding Kittens: a small party game using hand management and hot potato. It’s a gentler version of Russian Roulette
I’m crazy about board games; I own ~1500, which is rather scary now that I think about it. My wife thinks I’m nuts (she’s probably right). She’s desperate for me to stop filling the house with cardboard boxes 😂.
I have only played about 10% (probably less!), and I’m fine with that. Board games, like TV Shows, Movies, Anime, Manga, and Comic Books, are my insurance against boredom. There’s a part of me that fights really strongly against being bored, even though boredom is actually great for creativity.
To avoid killing my creativity though, I make sure to take time for myself throughout the week to read, find inspiration, and write anything that crosses my mind. Morning pages and journaling are key for me. I care about all the things that fuel my imagination. Importantly, I do my best to always work towards meaningful goals.
Board games are awesome for creativity and imagination too. Every game is different, even if many share the same mechanics. Some games have an incredible design (e.g., Scythe, Everdell), immersive themes and deep stories (e.g., Gloomhaven), extremely hard challenges (e.g., Arkham Horror LCG), etc. Just exploring the different types of games is enlightening.
As an added benefit, for an introvert like myself, board games are awesome ⭐️. I get to play with a handful of friends (usually 2-3) and spend a great evening without feeling overwhelmed as I do with larger parties and family reunions.
If Monopoly is all that comes to mind when you think about board games, then do me a favor: go discover modern board games, you won’t be disappointed!
Product development
This week, André and I have continued working on the user interface of our upcoming product.
We actually went back and forth between UX and UI. It’s a tricky exercise, but tons of fun.
The initial vision of a product is often very abstract/vague; our minds make things simpler than they really are. But once we look at the details, we uncover important points that challenge our initial assumptions (and that’s GOOD).
We have also conducted a few interviews and identified more problems that our product can help solve.
Finally, we’ve started telling the story visually, which will be the basis for our landing page:
How we go from a bullet point to an event on the calendar
How we go from a bullet point to an event on the calendar
We focus heavily on simplicity, ease of use, and even UI minimalism.
We haven’t started working on the landing page, but we’re almost there!
👉 Join the waiting list if you’d like to be amongst the first to try our product: https://apps.developassion.be/productivity
Recent articles
This week I haven’t published anything new.
How cool is that?!
Rephrasely
Tips of the week
Remove Background From Images For Free
Books corner
This week, I want to share a book that we’re probably all eager to read given how we’re bombarded with Covid news all year long:
Immune: A Journey into the Mysterious System That Keeps You Alive
Quotes of the week
  • “Impostor syndrome is what happens when even I can’t believe just how amazing I am”
Links of the week
Here are a few links that I found interesting this week:
Etsy’s Journey to TypeScript - Code as Craft
How to Talk to Users
Modern CSS Reset / Global Styles
GitHub - bvolpato/awesome-userscripts: 📖 A curated list of Awesome Userscripts.
GitHub - AngularWave/rxjs-challenge: A set of little RxJS puzzles to practice your Observable skills
That’s all folks!
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