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The Daily folds

Trey Heath

Peter Kafka from All Things D:

While the app boasted lots of digital bells and whistles, in the end it was very much a general interest newspaper that seemed to be geared toward people who didn’t really like newspapers. You can’t make that work no matter what kind of platform it uses.

It will be an interesting discussion on why The Daily folded — content, technology or market? 

The Empty Place

Trey Heath

 J.D. Bentley on comparing his design job to the work of his blue collar relatives:

I used to take pride in this separation. I used to feel like I was living in the future and they were living in the past. I used to feel like I was the better prepared to earn a living and to make something of myself. I used to feel my skillset was more relevant.
I know better now. I’m the weakest link in a line of hardworking laborers.
My great grandfather built naval ships in Baltimore during World War II. He farmed this very land for most of his life. My grandfather was a machinist and a mechanic. My dad a truck driver and delivery man. My brother worked at the sawmill, then in a local bodyshop.
And I never had a real job a day in my life. I sat around making websites like a pussy.

There are so many amazing things in this piece, but this really stood out to me. As a Southerner, most of my family has made a living working their ass off using skills our society no longer sees as important. 

I relate to this in my own work as, no matter how successful I become, I will never have a "real job."

On Giving

Trey Heath

Last week, I wrote about fatherhood and the context and joy it has provided to my life. 

With the holiday season now here, we will inevitably begin to think about things we are thankful for and causes worthy of our support. 

Let me be of assistance in this regard. 

Every day on the way to work, I get to pass by St. Jude Chilrden's Research Hospital. The hospital provides some of the best care in the world to kids suffering potentially terminal diagnoses. 

St. Jude does all of this, including supporting the child's family while he or she is seeking care, for no out-of-pocket expenses. Nothing. 

Although this is well documented, one thing that is not typically discussed is that St. Jude is far from undefeated. 

Every year, parents will come to St. Jude with hope they can do the impossible and despite the best care in the world, they will fail leaving behind one of the greatest tragidies one can experience in this world. 

If you have a healthy child, consider giving to St. Jude to show your thanks. 

My good friend Stephen Hackett has documented his son's battle with cancer at St. Jude and it gives me constant perspective to my trials and the pressures of being a father. 

At times, this world can be a dark place, but it doesn't have to be.