Origins

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.

   – Herman Melville

 

Apple Design Credo

if everyone

  is busy making everything…

how can anyone perfect anything?

we start to confuse convenience

     with joy.

…abundance with choice.

designing something requires

focus.

the first thing we ask is

  what do we want people to feel?

delight

surprise

love

connection?

then we begin to craft around our intention

it takes time…………

there are a thousand no’s

     for every yes

:: we simplify ::

:: we perfect ::

:: we start over ::

until everything we touch

enhances each life it touches

only then do we sign our work ::….

Designed by Apple in California

Parenthood

Making a decision to have a child—it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body

~ Elizabeth Stone

 

Collective Thinking

In terms of the Internet, it’s like humanity acquiring a collective nervous system. Whereas previously we were more like a… collection of cells that communicated by diffusion. With the advent of the Internet, it was suddenly like we got a nervous system. It’s a hugely impactful thing.

   ~ Elon Musk 

 

How to Create a Mind

Both hardware and software are progressing exponentially.  If logical thinking were the essence of intelligence, then computers would already be superior to us.  The area where humans still have an edge is our emotional intelligence.  Emotion is not some sideshow or distraction to intelligence.  Being funny, being sexy, expressing love – those are the cutting edge of human intelligence.

   ~ “Can We Reverse-engineer the Brain”, interview with Ray Kurzweil, by Brian O’Keefe, Fortune Magazine, January 2013

 

Visual and Statistical Thinking

Display architecture recapitulates quantitative thinking; design quality grows from intellectual quality.  Such dual principles – both for reasoning about statistical evidence and for the design of statistical graphics – include:

  1. documenting the sources and characteristics of the data
  2. insistently enforcing appropriate comparisons
  3. demonstrating mechanisms of cause and effect
  4. expressing those mechanisms quantitatively
  5. recognizing the inherently multivariate nature of analytic problems
  6. inspecting and evaluating alternative explanations

When consistent with the substance and in harmony with the content, information displays should be documentary, comparative, causal and explanatory, quantified, multivariate, exploratory, skeptical.

   ~ Edward Tufte, Visual and Statistical Thinking

 

Instinct vs Reason

Our civilization is still in a middle stage, scarcely beast in that it is no longer wholly guided by instinct; scarcely human, in that it is not yet wholly guided by reason.

 ~ Theodore Dreiser

Fortune Favors the Bold

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

   ~ Theodore Roosevelt 

 

Designers

A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist, and evolutionary strategist.

   ~ Wired, R. Buckminster Fuller

 

Modernism

In light of these new ideas [discoveries in space, time, language, and human mind], modernist authors and artists of the period began to wonder whether concrete reality and objective truth existed at all.  They rejected the realists’ obsession with accurate depiction of the world as a futile enterprise.  Instead, they tried to formulate new ways of exploring truth and reality.

   ~ The Intellectual Devotional, Modern Culture, David Kidder & Noah Oppenheim