I Don’t Know What I Don’t Know

I think if you’re starting out early in the process by talking about your ideas for solutions, you’re already not listening. I think you need to enter into any design project with that zen, learner’s mind of ‘I don’t know what I don’t know.’

— Kim Goodwin

Design is an art of situations…

Design is an art of situations. Designers respond to a need, a problem, a circumstance, that arises in the world. The best work is produced in relation to interesting situations – an open-minded client, a good cause, or great content.
-Ellen Lupton

Hard Work

If you want to achieve some really big and interesting goals, you have to learn to fall in love with hard work.

-Steve Pavlina

Creativity…

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.

-Rita Mae Brown

Try It Every Possible Way

“You don’t know what you are able to do until you try it.

Try it every possible way.

Be deliberate. Be spontaneous.

Be thoughtful and painstaking.

Be abandoned and impulsive, intellectual and inspired, calm and temperamental.

Learn your own possibilities”

– George Bellows, 1919

Regarded as one of the greatest American artists, George Bellows gave this piece of advice to his students. Bellows’ wise words reach beyond the group of aspiring artists to which they were directed. These words reach everyone who hasn’t embarked on an exploration of their own creativity. Bellows demonstrated his artistic freedom to try new things throughout the entirety of his career. In fact, upon visiting his exhibition, “George Bellows and the American Experience,” I found the stylistic variety of his work to be noticeably impressive. His creative experimentation is both inspiring and refreshing. There’s no telling what else he would’ve created, had he not passed away at the young age of 42. So, while you have the chance, in your writing, in your music, in your paintings, in your designs, seize the opportunity to vary. Let’s get out of our comfort zones and explore our curiosities. You are alive. Create something. Create anything. See what you’re capable of.

The Purpose of Life Is Not to be Happy

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

The Truth About the Truth

“The truth is like a lion. You don’t have to defend it. Let it loose. It will defend itself.” – St. Augustine

The Interface

“19th century culture was defined by the novel, 20th century culture by cinema. The culture of the 21st century will be defined by the interface.”

-Lev Manovich

Inspiration

To the artist is sometimes granted a sudden, transient insight which serves in this matter for experience. A flash, and where previously the brain held a dead fact, the soul grasps a living truth! At moments, we are all artists.

– Arnold Bennett