Category Archives: Someone Once Said…

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.

—Edgar Allan Poe, “Eleonora” US short story author, editor, & poet (1809 – 1849)

If you are on Craigslist to get a sofa, and you see one for free. You think there’s something tragically wrong with it – maybe there are bedbugs. But if you see a sofa on there for $2,500, you think ‘oh man, that sofa must be amazing’. It’s the same thing with art – you set your own value.

Jessica Hische

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.

—Arthur Schopenhauer

“Drawing is speaking to the eye; talking is painting to the ear.”

Joseph Joubert

“When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.”

—Steve Jobs

I’m playing with the idea of offering quick thoughts via video here and there. Here’s the first thought: What is social media?

To hear the long version of this quick thought, check out my full presentation on social media and brands.

Excellence is not a skill, it is an attitude.

—Ralph Marston

You don’t learn to be excellent, you learn to work your butt off and do your best in everything. Excellence will be the likely outcome.

I would say my biggest pet peeve related to the industry would be people focusing on technology instead of design, standards instead of users, and validation rather than innovation. Web standards and best practices are noble goals, but all too often in our community people forget they are a means to an end, not the end itself.

Jeff Croft

A perfect implementation of the wrong specification is worthless. By the same principle a beautifully crafted library with no documentation is also damn near worthless. If your software solves the wrong problem or nobody can figure out how to use it, there’s something very bad going on.
—Tom Preston-Werner

The same could be said about designer-hacks who steal a design (say, of a logo) and implement it for a totally different client. The design may be beautiful but it didn’t solve your client’s problem. It is a solution to a totally different problem. This is a failure on many levels.

Design is not about innovation. Design is about communication. Innovation in design is usually a wonderful byproduct or direct result of a particular need. Design that seeks to foremost be innovative will commonly fall apart under its own stylistic girth.

Jason Santa Maria