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John Maeda
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"What piece of code can I write that automates myself or others?"—@shl via @imkevinxu @mabb0tt
Updated my Design and Silicon Valley bibliography 2004-2014:
"Luckily for would-be time travelers, wormholes are different than black holes." —David Kaiser @mit_shass via @MIT
The creative leader always questions authority. Even when it is her/his own.
"STEM's incredibly valuable but if we want the best innovators we must teach the arts." —@JustinBrady @washingtonpost
While great art makes you wonder, great design makes things clear.
Nice sleight of eye, directed by @fer_liv: via @xokelley
In praise of cash: RT @96kbit: Why Germans pay cash for almost everything
"The barriers to entry are no longer in the software, but in hardware." —@whiteafrican
"When there's a problem, know whose problem it is." —G. Bethune via @tberno
"How Twitter Satisfies My 'Creative Smoking' Habit" for @LinkedIn:
Clever physical video by @luisurculo for a Bernard Tschumi project:
"You should focus on being more interested, than more interesting." —John W. Gardner
A designer is someone who constructs while s/he thinks, someone for whom planning and making go together.
Examples of @stemtosteam happening in Minnesota and California:
"The worst time to have a heart attack is during a game of charades." —@DemetriMartin
I'll be sending out my 2nd monthly newsletter on design and VC soon: to signup
Leadership as *storylistening* more than storytelling – 4-min video directed by @danemhoward:
"Writing is core to the design process – as essential as interaction design, prototyping, and user research." —@jazer
"The mocks can wait. First you need to get your story straight." —@buckhouse
"How do we harness technology for the most good, to benefit all of society, not just a select few?" —@jessicalawrence
"Design can finally be understood as a more social, collaborative, and transparent enterprise." —@chochinov @svaPoD
Insights from design leaders @dcdomain @mulegirl @jonnyliebs @bbaxley @LMindler … "Designing the Team" via @brettkopf
Design blurs the line between beauty and functionality, hope and pragmatism.
A relationship without conflict is a blissfully unhealthy one.
Douglas E. Smith (1960 - 2014) created Lode Runner in the summer of 1982:
We forget now how long it took for the iPod to work. Looked like a flop or a hobby for 4 years.
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Last week's Apple roundup from @kpcb's @mabb0tt @AnjneyMidha @mmurph and coverage by @emilychangtv:
The younger visionary is good at finding new keys, and the older visionary is good at knowing which doors to open.
Ending the week positively means that skill and luck worked in your favor.
"It was an old-fashioned love letter of the most glorious kind." —@NYTStyles
Sketchnote by @neillyneil of @ireneau's #mtpcon talk on the importance of thoughtful (vs careless) design
Three principles (est Feb '14) for using design in startups successfully, for the @WSJ:
My 14-minute closing address at @mhacks on @umich, @MIT, and the late Dr. Wiesner and Dr. Vest: via @MLHacks #mhacks
Communication bridges the divide between the get-its and the get-nots.
"Lack of resources will force you to craft an interesting way to get it done." —@metacool
The tide can sometimes turn in your favor. Rejoice when it happens.
Design is the largely implicit aspect of a product/experience that eases you to feel more competent, confident, and overall … comfortable.
"Confront problems, not people. Learn. You’ll get extra points for a sense of humor." —@johndoerr via @intercom
Being unafraid to be different comes from knowing that it is all that you can really be.
When I read text where every other word is boldfaced for emphasis, the whitespace on the margins can be a good cognitive palate cleanser.
Leaders push against the comfort and righteousness of how business-has-always-been-done with trepidation … or a necessary touch of delusion.
“Real great design isn’t about the wow effect, it’s about the after wow effect." — @johnmaeda talks to @IHubRadio
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"The perception of what is 'new media' is new for each generation." —Steven Sacks @bitforms
Undermining does the opposite of overachieving.