Quotes

PAUL RAND
Bad design is frequently the consequence of mindless dabbling, and the difficulty is not confined merely to the design of logos. This lack of understanding pervades all visual design

Bubble Generation
the point of a community is (hyper)specialization – not some mystical social basis of authority

GEORGE BOOLE
That language is an instrument of human reason, and not merely a medium for the expression of thought, is a truth generally admitted

ANTON CHEKHOV
When many cures are offered for a disease, it means the disease is not curable

MILES DAVIS
When you hit a wrong note it’s the next note that makes it good or bad

LOUIS ARMSTRONG
If they act too hip, you know they can’t play shit!

DIZZY GILLESPIE
It’s taken me all my life to learn what not to play

DUKE ELLINGTON
The most important thing I look for in a musician is whether he knows how to listen

CHARLIE PARKER
Master your instrument. Master the music. And then forget all that bullshit and just play

PAUL DESMOND
Writing is like jazz. It can be learned, but it can’t be taught

SETH FINKELSTEIN
There’s plenty of beautiful theories slain by ugly facts

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE
The mother of excess is not joy but joylessness

EDWARD TUFTE
In emphasizing evidential quality and beauty, I also want to move the practices of analytical design far away from the practices of propaganda, marketing, graphic design, and commercial art

Sergeant Major HANEY
You can say you’re going to do whatever in a given situation. But once the shooting starts, all plans are off

PETER DRUCKER
Because innovation is both conceptual and perceptual, would-be innovators must also go out and look, ask, and listen

MARSHALL MCLUHAN
Mud sometimes gives the illusion of depth

If it works, it’s obsolete

Today the business of business is becoming the constant invention of new business

The price of eternal vigilance is indifference

All advertising advertises advertising.The answers are always inside the problem, not outside.

In big industry new ideas are invited to rear their heads so they can be clobbered at once. The idea department of a big firm is a sort of lab for isolating dangerous viruses.

CHARLES MINGUS
Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity

BERTRAND RUSSELL
The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution

CHARLES EAMES
The recognition and understanding of the need was the primary condition of the creative act. When people feel they had to express themselves for originality for its own sake, that tends not to be creativity. Only when you get into the problem and the problem becomes clear, can creativity take over.

PAOLA ANTONELLI
People think that design is styling. Design is not style. It’s not about giving shape to the shell and not giving a damn about the guts. Good design is a renaissance attitude that combines technology, cognitive science, human need, and beauty to produce something that the world didn’t know it was missing.

FRANCIS BACON
He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.

BILL CLINTON
Fanatics are defined by their hatreds; free people by their humanity.

ALBERT EINSTEIN
we can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

HIPPOCRATES
Life is short, Art long, Occasion sudden and dangerous, Experience deceitful, and Judgment difficult.

Corollary to MURPHY’s Law
It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.

PABLO PICASSO
Computers are worthless. They can only give you answers.

PABLO PICASSO
Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.

JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU
It is hard to prevent oneself from believing what one so keenly desires.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
Some men see things as they are, and say why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?

LAO TZU
As soon as you have made a thought, laugh at it.

OSCAR WILDE
Imagination is imitative—the real innovation lies in criticism.

EDWARD DE BONO
Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.

DALAI LAMA
Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

Friedrich Nietzsche
Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies

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