A designer who writes.


A library of collectanea.

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

These stories of his are not the only important moments in his life. They are not the only times he felt successful, accomplished, or proud. But whether it is the science of old age, or a conscious filtering—these few moments are the memories he chooses to share with us. They are from times and places that have changed him, and now his children and his grandchildren.

Grandpa | I am Tim Hoover 2:08pm on April 29, 2014

According to Instagram, none of my friends have to go to work, their relationships are perfect, their shoes are badass, and their children are angels.

No One Knows | I am Tim Hoover 2:06pm on April 29, 2014

The major problem with unsolicited redesigns is that they’re by nature uninformed. Without having access to the same user data as Facebook, how could you properly redesign Facebook? Without knowing Facebook’s goals and objectives, how can you design towards them?

Unsolicited, Uninformed Redesigns – The Industry 2:04pm on April 29, 2014

The accuser is also failing to recognize that there is, in all likelihood, a finite number of ways to “solve” any given task. Is it so completely unbelievable to assume that another talented individual happened to arrive at a similar conclusion as themselves? It’s just as easy to give someone the benefit of the doubt as it is to assume the worst of them.

alexlikesdesign : Twitter has proven to be a great platform for… 1:43pm on April 29, 2014

But lately I’ve been spending a little bit of time with those random pieces of inspiration to see where they go. Usually they don’t go anywhere except for the outskirts of an artboard, lost forever amidst a sea of stray points and beziers.

Blog — Linda Eliasen 1:37pm on April 29, 2014

Why is timeless design always the goal? What’s wrong with making something look like it was made when it was made?

Frank Chimero – Let’s Talk About Timeless Design 1:28pm on April 29, 2014

Nobody wants to talk about shitty old stuff, but lots of people still talk about shitty new stuff, because they are still trying to figure out if it is shitty or not. The past wasn’t better, we just forgot about all the shitty shit.

Frank Chimero – Let’s Talk About Timeless Design 1:27pm on April 29, 2014

While some have no doubt used either – or both – of these trends as a means for attention, I think it’s safe to assume just as many are using it as an introduction to something bigger.

It’s all relative, isn’t it? — What I Learned Today — Medium 1:27pm on April 29, 2014

The internet isn’t an individual pursuit, it’s something we do with each other. The internet is where people are.

I’m still here: back online after a year without the internet | The Verge 1:26pm on April 29, 2014