Find something you like to do and do it with enthusiasm.
—Kenneth “Grandpa” J. Zinser
Don’t avoid the obvious.
Find out who you are and be it on purpose.
The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
Not everything is design, but design is about everything. So do yourself a favor: be ready for anything.
If you do it right, it will last forever.
Working without a plan may seem scary. But blindly following a plan that has no relationship with reality is even scarier.
Thoughtfulness is free and burns on time and empathy.
The more you are interested in others, the more interesting they find you. To be interesting, be interested.
Before a lot of advice can be really useful, it’s good to understand why you need that advice.
The details are not the details.
They make the design.
There’s a very thin line between simple, clean and powerful, and simple, clean and boring.
To make something good, just do it. To make something great, just re-do it, re-do it, re-do it. The secret to making fine things is in remaking them.
The most important skill a school can pass down to its students is the ability to motivate themselves.
The most effective, most creative problem solvers engage in a process of meta-thinking, or thinking about the thinking.
Sooner or later, the story you tell needs to be true.
Buy a guitar and play in your garage and suck for a while. Don’t worry about a CD or a label, just suck.
—Dave Grohl, via “The Lost Discipline of Practice”
The test of first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.
—F. Scott Fitzgerald
The first exception should be the hardest one to make. Once you’ve made one, each additional exception gets exponentially easier. Beware that first exception.
We become what we behold. We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us.
Anyone who makes up their mind about an issue before they hear the issue is a fool.
Perfection of means and confusion of ends seem to characterize our age.
Don’t mistake speed for precocity: the world doesn’t need wrong answers in record time.
We each have to decide our own comfort level or how much you can tolerate—how much of the unknown, the undefined, and the incomplete you can tolerate.
Amateurs get angry with clients. Professionals educate them.
I’m not convinced I know how to read, I’ve just memorized a lot of words.
—Nick Miller, New Girl
Aesthetics are debatable, but writing is essential.
New is easy. Right is hard.
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve an equation, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
—Robert A. Heinlein
Eventually everything connects.
Never delegate understanding.
The things that made you weird as a kid make you great today.
Two things define you: your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.
Boredom is a choice. Like tardiness. Or interrupting.
Stop counting the hours and start tracking your progress. No one cares how long you struggled to get better… only that you are better.
1,000 bloggers all talking to each other doesn’t get you a report from a war zone.
Bureaucracy certainly exists, but you decide whether you want to work within it.
Anyone can complain about the world, but only a good few can fix it.
Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.
Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.
Every project is improvable
Being against things got boring
We will do anything for design
We probably eat more avocados than you
Visit Joe’s Shanghai
Love = Oxygen
Keep a business diary
Beauty is part of the function
3rd World offices, 1st world prices
For a good time call (212) 647 1789
Ointment sounds good
Beauty = price
A donkey in a castle doesn’t make it king, it makes the castle a stable.
In matters of style swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock.
I like people who are not sure of themselves, the perplexed, the modest, those who try to understand.
Many people assume they are bad at writing because it is hard. This is like assuming you are bad at weightlifting because the weight is heavy.
Writing is useful because it is hard. It’s the effort that goes into writing a clear sentence that leads to better thinking.
If you need 10 of something, make 30. Then pick the best.
Writing in a diary is a really strange experience for someone like me. Not only because I’ve never written anything before, but also because it seems to me that later on neither I nor anyone else will be interested in the musings of a thirteen-year-old schoolgirl.
Perfectionism is not as much the desire for excellence, as it is the fear of failure couched in procrastination.