A designer who writes.


A library of collectanea.

To admit that we’ve fallen behind, that we don’t know what anyone is talking about, that we have nothing to say about each passing blip on the screen, is to be dead.

Faking Cultural Literacy – NYTimes.com 8:40pm on May 29, 2014

You can read plenty of information on the internet now. Print, however, still looks like the truth.

The Truth — Daniel Benneworth-Gray 2:20pm on May 10, 2014

I’ve always felt that if a thing had been said in the best way, how can you say it better? If I wanted to say something and somebody had said it ideally, then I’d take it but give the person credit for it.

I seem almost a plagiarist. [I quote a lot because… – Austin Kleon 4:39pm on May 6, 2014

I don’t mind quoting a bad author if the line is good.

Twitter / RyanHoliday: . @austinkleon There is Seneca: … 6:48pm on May 1, 2014

It’s natural to want the things we make to last. Even the smallest things, the ones made of the most fragile stuff. We want them have meaning, to be useful, to be bigger than ourselves somehow.

Perennial Design, by Wilson Miner · Issue 4 · The Manual 3:24pm on April 30, 2014

This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals–sounds that say listen to this, it is important.

Ben Pieratt, Blog – 11:50pm on April 29, 2014

I want to keep asking questions about how we can transcend memory, but hold the magnificence of imagination dear. So that we can enjoy the present, and dream about the future, while knowing our smiling remembrances of last night’s antics remain safe kept for revisiting. Our own personal movie.

Kyle Meyer / Clutching our Memories 11:34pm on April 29, 2014

A work of art is something produced by a person, but is not that person — it is of her, but is not her. It’s a reach, really — the artist is trying to inhabit, temporarily, a more compact, distilled, efficient, wittier, more true-seeing, precise version of herself — one that she can’t replicate in so-called ‘real’ life, no matter how hard she tries. That’s why she writes: to try and briefly be more than she truly is.

Frank Chimero – The Art of Reaching 10:47pm on April 29, 2014

There are plants and books and lights and seats and dust and you get the feeling it is a beautiful, functional space. There are finger prints all over it. The more I click around the web, the less and less I sense those fingerprints on people’s websites the way I used to.

Frank Chimero – Make it Homely 10:30pm on April 29, 2014

Technology is not our savior, ready to deliver some utopian future, but it does not have to be our enemy. It’s been with us since the beginning, from poetry to reminder apps. Far from making us less human, it can even reawaken us to our humanity in the midst of our mechanized, busy lives. We just have to learn how to use it.

Not Remembering Ourselves — Anxious Machine 3:39pm on April 29, 2014

Throughout your life you will deal with a multitude of different people, and those people will be driven by different things. Some of them will be driven by a need to be liked. Some of them will be driven by a need to prove others wrong.

The Pastry Box Project 2:17pm on April 29, 2014

Maybe a friend or brand isn’t that unique anymore; I’ve met some other people/brands who are even cooler (loss of difference). This friend/brand doesn’t understand me like he used to, we have less and less in common (loss of relevance). I’m not sure if I still respect or trust this friend/brand the way I used to (loss of esteem). To me this friend/brand is just a name now (loss of knowledge).

Landor Associates – Branding explained to a child: What is a brand? 2:16pm on April 29, 2014