Because i like to think i’m great. That and i have a thing for pithy quotes. Updated as i see fit.
Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.
I believe that nothing can be more abstract, more unreal, than what we actually see.
Stare. It is the way to educate your eye, and more. Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something.
Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
You can observe a lot by watching.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Arthur C. Clarke
Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it’s the only one you have.
When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
E. Jefferey Conklin & William Weil
We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
The best way out is always through.
When you get to the fork in the road, take it.
…It’s very easy to be different, but very difficult to be better.
Knowledge is the antidote to fear.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Keeping an open mind is a virtue, but not so open that your brains fall out.
Chance favors the prepared mind.
Planning is everything; plans are nothing.
Helmuth von Moltke
You can either get something done or get the credit for it, but not both.
(Reuben) Smeed’s Rule
Computers are worthless. They can only give you answers.
Maps are useful but never neutral.
Letters are things, not pictures of things.
Objects do not have meaning. But if an object is thoughtful we project meaning onto it in daily life.
Ease of use and ease of learning are not the same.
Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.
Action will remove the doubt that theory cannot solve.
We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers.
It’s not rocket science. It’s social science—the science of understanding people’s needs and their unique relationship with art, literature, history, music, work, philosophy, community, technology, and psychology.
The act of design is structuring and creating that balance.
Design is intelligence made visible.
The only important thing about design is how it relates to people.
Everyone is a lot of people to design for.
In most agencies, account executives outnumber the copywriters two to one. If you were a dairy farmer, would you employ twice as many milkers as you had cows?
If you begin to think you’re changing the culture of the world,
just ask your mom what she thinks you do for a living.