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Apr 11, 2014
There’s about a million miles between saying ‘I have no idea what I’m doing,’ and ‘I’m making it up as I go.’

Apr 05, 2014
You have to learn to be unafraid when you’re a nobody, because you’re going to be really fucking afraid when you’re a somebody and all the lights are on you.

Feb 13, 2014
Everybody wants to have a goal — I gotta get to that goal, I gotta get to that goal, I gotta get to that goal. I can finally get to that goal. Then you get to that goal, and then you gotta get to another goal. But in between goals is a thing called life, that has to be lived and enjoyed — and if you don’t, you’re a fool.

Dec 07, 2013
He plays a game with which I am not familiar.
— Golfer Bobby Jones, watching a young Jack Nicklaus win the 1965 Masters tournament (via)

Nov 27, 2013

RIP Saul Leiter

Wonderful color photographs made by a photographer who shunned the spotlight:

“In order to build a career and to be successful, one has to be determined…. One has to be ambitious. I much prefer to drink coffee, listen to music and to paint when I feel like it.”

Here’s a great quote from the documentary about him, In No Great Hurry:

"I’m a person who likes to postpone things. I see no reason for being in a rush. When you consider many of the things that people treat very seriously, you realize that they don’t deserve to be treated that seriously. And that many of the things people worry about aren’t worth worrying about.


Seeing is a neglected enterprise.

More of his photos→

Nov 24, 2013

The real ending to Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Oct 08, 2013

Mike Monteiro: “You are responsible for the work that you put into the world.”

Webstock ‘13: Mike Monteiro - How Designers Destroyed the World

You are directly responsible for what you put into the world. Yet every day designers all over the world work on projects without giving any thought or consideration to the impact that work has on the world around them. This needs to change.

Set aside 50 minutes to watch this really important talk by my friend Mike Monteiro (@mike_FTW). It’s aimed at designers, but it applies to all of us.

Here’s an excerpt that Mike quotes from Victor Papanek’s Design For The Real World:

There are professions more harmful than industrial design, but only a very few of them. And possibly only one profession is phonier. Advertising design, in persuading people to buy things they don’t need, with money they don’t have, in order to impress others who don’t care, is probably the phoniest field in existence today. Industrial design, by concocting the tawdry idiocies hawked by advertisers, comes a close second. Never before in history have grown men sat down and seriously designed electric hairbrushes, rhinestone-covered file boxes, and mink carpeting for bathrooms, and then drawn up elaborate plans to make and sell these gadgets to millions of people. Before (in the ‘good old days’), if a person liked killing people, he had to become a general, purchase a coal-mine, or else study nuclear physics. Today, industrial design has put murder on a mass-production basis. By designing criminally unsafe automobiles that kill or maim nearly one million people around the world each year, by creating whole new species of permanent garbage to clutter up the landscape, and by choosing materials and processes that pollute the air we breathe, designers have become a dangerous breed. And the skills needed in these activities are taught carefully to young people.

In an age of mass production when everything must be planned and designed, design has become the most powerful tool with which man shapes his tools and environments (and, by extension, society and himself). This demands high social and moral responsibility from the designer. It also demands greater understanding of the people by those who practise design and more insight into the design process by the public.

Great, great talk. I also highly recommend Mike’s book, Design is a Job.

Filed under: Mike Monteiro

Jun 13, 2013
All wells went dry—the moment you stopped looking for new ones was the moment your fortunes began to decline.
— Philipp Meyer, The Son

May 23, 2013
I need to sort of tear down everything I’ve done and rebuild from scratch. And that’s a process that I think is not incremental…. I just need to just destroy everything that’s come before and see if I can kind of become a primitive again. I’m not even sure it’s possible. I don’t know if it’s something you could do…It means just throwing away everything that you’ve learned and thought and trying to become in essence a completely different filmmaker, because I’ve hit a wall of what I feel I’m able to do at this point - not because I’ve figured everything out, I’ve just figured out what I can’t figure out and I need to tear it down and start over again.

May 11, 2013
Frank Sinatra tells George Michael to suck it up and embrace his success

  Talent must not be wasted…those who have talent must hug it, embrace it, nurture it, and share it lest it be taken away from you as fast as it was loaned to you.

(thx @aweissman)

Frank Sinatra tells George Michael to suck it up and embrace his success

Talent must not be wasted…those who have talent must hug it, embrace it, nurture it, and share it lest it be taken away from you as fast as it was loaned to you.

(thx @aweissman)

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