“One reason that people have artist’s block is that they do not respect the law of dormancy in nature. Trees don’t produce fruit all year long, constantly. They have a point where they go dormant. And when you are in a dormant period creatively, if you can arrange your life to do the technical tasks that don’t take creativity, you are essentially preparing for the spring when it will all blossom again.”
— Marshall Vandruff on artist’s block.
When the light turns green, you go.
When the light turns red, you stop.
But what do you do when the light turns blue with orange and lavender spots?
— SHEL SILVERSTEIN
Never fall in love with an idea. They’re whores. If the one you’re with isn’t doing the job, there’s always, always, always another.
— CHIP KIDD
…the wisest course of action is to take your best shot with a prototype, immediately get to market, and iterate quickly. If you wait for ideal circumstances in which you have all the information you need (which is impossible) the market will pass you by.
— GUY KAWASAKI
Modernism does not mean minimalism, contemporary does not forsake tradition, and technology does not mean abandon people and senses.
— TORD BOONTJE
When a company gets to certain size, it’s easy just to let things happen. You have to constantly craft and nurture a brand. You can’t just let it be or it’ll fritter away to mediocrity.
— FIONA MORRISON
Functionality is so over-valued in design, and we’ve kept design very small in that way. Functionality is the sheer minimum. If your house burns down, what do you take? The cat in the window that you got from your mother, or the chair you have?
— MARCEL WANDERS
Once you eliminate quality as a requirement, the entire design process becomes a whole lot easier.
— JARED M. SPOOL
Do what you love and tomorrow will pay the rent.
— FELIX SOCKWELL