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Dec 30, 2014 7:05am

2015 fellowship reader

The 2015 Code for America fellows show up next week from all over. In 2013, CfA published the book Beyond Transparency. I heard from last year’s class that many had read it cover-to-cover before starting. So, we gathered-I-mean-curated a pile of essays and blog posts on design, culture, and code, assembled them into a 400 page reader, and shipped one to each of our 24 incoming fellows.

We included gems like Leisa Reichelt’s Help Joy Help You, Dan Milstein’s Coding, Fast and Slow, the GDS banned words list, timeless design classic Deep Inside Taco Bell’s Doritos Locos Taco, and dozens of other bits of propaganda that we thought might come in handy this year.

We assembled the materials via Github and delivered scrubbed HTML files. Interior design was handled by Noel Callego via oDesk, and I made the cover. Lulu.com did the printing; overall turnaround was a little over three weeks for design, printing, and shipping.

Here are some photos by Frances:

Comments (2)

  1. Shut Up and take my money!!! Where can I find a copy? ;) Jokes aside, is it just for CfA fellows or also chaps external to the program can have it (in one form or another) ? You've mentioned a github repo..can you point us towards it? I've read something somewhat "similar": the NY School for Poetic Computation 'zine, (by similar I mean that it evolved from a non-conventional educational environment geared towards tech and open *younameit* culture). I found it incredibly interesting, and admired most of all the fact that they had on github for anyone to read it.. So, if it's not too much of a hassle, it would truly be a cool thing being able to read it (in HTML/Markdown/pdf version..whatever) Thanks and keep up the good work!

    Posted by mike on Sunday, March 8 2015 2:05pm UTC

  2. I received a copy of Christopher Butler’s Mixbook (https://www.newfangled.com/a-year-of-ideas-volume-5/) a while back, which served as important inspiration for this. I’m being a little cagey about the repository because I’ve never actually asked anyone for permission to re-print this stuff, so I’m just holding it for fellows for now. However, you can find most of the things in the book plus a few extra that didn’t make the cut under my Pinboard tag, https://pinboard.in/u:migurski/t:2015fellowshipreader/

    Posted by Michal Migurski on Tuesday, March 10 2015 6:45am UTC

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