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Learning how we learn. Principles from

  1. Putting words within the pictures they describe
  2. Conversational writing style - it's like being engaged with another person, as opposed to listening to a dry lecture
  3. Pictures say 1024 words
  4. Redundancy - say things in many different ways.
  5. Humor, surprise, interest. Do creative, unforgettable things.
  6. Include activities and practice
  7. Use multiple learning styles - big picture, step-by-step, or code example.
  8. We include content for both sides of your brain, because the more of your brain you engage, the more likely you are to learn and remember, and the longer you can stay focused. Since working one side of the brain often means giving the other side a chance to rest, you can be more productive at learning for a longer period of time.
  9. And we included stories and exercises that present more than one point of view, because your brain is tuned to learn more deeply when it’s forced to make evaluations and judgements.
  10. We used people. In stories, examples, pictures, etc., because, well, because you’re a person. And your brain pays more attention to people than it does to things.
  11. We used an 80/20 approach. We assume that if you’re going for a PhD in software design, this won’t be your only book. So we don’t talk about everything. Just the stuff you’ll actually need.
  12. Provide content in a “There are No Dumb Questions” section
  13. Allow subconssius processing by studying something right before bed.


  1. Unschooling - evaluating old concepts to determine if they still hold true.
  2. Adding visual learning, augmented reality, design exercises, and build exercises.