Field Notes: Furniture — The Career Code Book


  1. Dingbat Glyphs: The tiny dingbat glyphs used in several places throughout the book give it a cutesy feel, while also adding visual cues for the reader to understand the content quicker.

2. Checklists: Many checklists throughout the book, usually signified by checkbox glyphs, break down content into digestable formats rather than long paragraphs, which works well for someone skimming the book.

3. Numbered elements: In addition to each Code having a distinct number, as shown on the side of each page, there are several numbered lists throughout, which also contribute to the easy reading.

4. Aside boxes: Throughout the book, there are several pages where material is offset in a colored box with a + sign. These denote text that doesn’t quite fit in with the main text on the page or text that serves as a takeaway or quick aside. The design of these boxes demonstrates that this text is a little different from what comes before it, helping the reader to understand with larger headlines.

5. Intro boxes with drop cap: At the start of each code chapter, there is a justified centered box of small text surrounded by white space, beginning with a colored drop cap. This text doesn’t work well in my opinion because it doesn’t draw the reader in, and I found myself skipping over it.