What follows is a beautifully written story about watching a great designer at work. Every essay in The Manual begins with similar “set-the-scene” paragraphs that could appear indulgent by the authors, if they didn’t work so well together.
By writing a calm almost irrelevant introduction, your mind eases into each essay. Idle thoughts about things holidaying in Barçelona or dinner parties with friends dance through your mind. These introductions take your head out of the gutter of tip & tricks, IE hacks, and Photoshop layers, and each essay is better for it.