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“Today the most progressive companies are challenging designers to create ideas at the outset, rather than enlisting them to make an already developed idea more attractive. The old role is tactical; it builds on what exists and moves it one step further. The new one is strategic; it pulls ‘design’ out of the studio and unleashes its disruptive, game-changing potential. It’s no accident that designers can now be found in the boardrooms of some of the world’s most innovative companies.”
From a recent article in Metropolis Magazine by Tim Brown. Please read it.

posted by kaleb about an hour ago · 0 comments

“No good book or good thing of any kind shows it best face at first. No, the most common quality in a true work of art that has excellence and depth, is that at first sight it produces a certain disappointment.”
Thomas Carlyle (1795 – 1881)

posted by john on Thursday, Mar 19, 2009

“For the most part, the creation or effects of design, unlike science, are neither measurable nor predictable, nor are the results necessarily repeatable. If there is any assurance, besides faith, a businessman can have, it is in choosing talented, competent, and experienced designers.”
Paul Rand, A Designer’s Art

posted by john on Wednesday, Jun 25, 2008

““I told him ‘You have two choices: you can either die or die.’ And then he said ‘I pick neither.’””
My 4 year old son Max, clasping a toy sword in each hand, referring to his conversation with an orc.

posted by joel on Saturday, Oct 20, 2007

““I don’t have a sick kind of cold; just a normal kind of cold.””
My 4 year old, Max. He didn’t have a cold at all; he had a delightfully productive bout with the stomach flu.

posted by joel on Wednesday, Oct 10, 2007

“We may not obscure the old truths: we must not despise the new.”
Stanley Morison speaking on the importance of studying the past and how it relates to embracing the future – from his introduction to “Four Centuries of Fine Printing” 1949 edition.

posted by john on Monday, Oct 01, 2007