10 Things Smart People Said About Design and Process


A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
Douglas Adams

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

There are times in life when people must know when not to let go. Balloons are designed to teach small children this.
Terry Pratchett

You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.
Walt Disney Company

Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.
John Maeda

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.
Steve Jobs

Being an architect isn’t only about construction, it’s about creating wide spaces with small spaces.
Yannick Heywang

Real web designers write code. Always have, always will.
Jeffrey Zeldman

You must forget all your theories, all your ideas before the subject. What part of these is really your own will be expressed in your expression of the emotion awakened in you by the subject.
Henri Matisse

Imitate. Don’t be shy about it. Try to get as close as you can. You’ll never get all the way, and the separation might be truly remarkable.
Bruce Mau

Quick Facts: Amazing since 1985. Online since 1995. Fanatically devoted to work and friends. Communicates in Serbian or English, but if needed can switch to Russian as well. Understands a thing or two in German, Italian, French and Spanish if in life-or-death situation. Has more true friends than fingers. Believes work hours are for pussies. Knows a ton of computer related abbreviations and isn't afraid to use them. Won't talk about problems. Will solve them. Makes a difference. Anywhere. All the time. Manifesto: Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. ~ Samuel Beckett

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