It's been quiet for a long time courtesy of the killer combination of craziness at the good ship GSP and not really having anything to blog about. So must start New Year by getting back in to the routine.
Anyway thought I'd point to a couple of things I'm loving very much at the moment which have a common theme of learning by doing.
The first is the Proof site by the good people at Zeus Jones. There's a great write up from Fast Company here but I love how they have turned the intimidating pursuit of learning about great whisky into a fun, beautifully designed social game. It creates a lovely obkect to learn around and has beautifully elegant UX. (And the whisky packaging is gorgeous)
The second thing is the brilliant simple idea of codeyear from the good people at code academy. Lots has been written about this but I love the way they have taken one of those things you put off because it feels difficulat and intimidating and truned it into a simple weekly pursuit that you know your friends are doing (200,000+ signups already and I'm seeing a whole tranche of signups on twitter). Sign up for it - it's brilliant and coding is one of the things we are all going to have to learn to be fluent in culture and marketing.
Oh, and codeyear was designed in a hour. Something to perhaps bear in mind when looking at the next timing plan....