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"Designers sell their work. Designers get up in front of people and explain why they’ve made the decisions they’ve made. And if you can’t do that, you can’t call yourself a designer." -Mike Monteiro

To say a grid is limiting is to say that language is limiting, or typography is limiting. It is up to us to use these media critically or passively.

Ellen Lupton (via inspirewell)

I simply want to celebrate the fact that right near your home, year in and year out, a community college is quietly—and with very little financial encouragement—saving lives and minds,” said Ryan. “I can’t think of a more efficient, hopeful or egalitarian machine, with the possible exception of the bicycle.

Perhaps as a reply to the TV show that now holds the community college up to ridicule, Kay Ryan, the US poet laureate, had this to say.

the most important thing that keeps me creative is my wanting to be good. -Chad Hagen

From an excellent collection of responses to the question:

What do you do to inspire your creativity when you find yourself in a rut?

Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious, and adding the meaningful.

John Maeda,
The Laws of Simplicity

Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like. People think it’s this veneer — that the designers are handed this box and told, ‘Make it look good!’ That’s not what we think design is. It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

Steve Jobs via dustin curtis

In modern recording one of the biggest problems is that you’re in a world of endless possibilities. So I try to close down possibilities early on. I limit choices. I confine people to a small area of manoeuvre. There’s a reason that guitar players invariably produce more interesting music than synthesizer players: you can go through the options on a guitar in about a minute, after that you have to start making aesthetic and stylistic decisions. This computer can contain a thousand synths, each with a thousand sounds. I try to provide constraints for people.

Brian Eno

Good, fast, or cheap….pick two.

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