Would you like a pocket-size device that reminded you of each appointment and daily event? I would. I am waiting for the day when portable computers become small enough that I can keep one with me at all times. I will definitely put all my burdens upon it. It has to be small. It has to be convenient to use. And it has to be relatively powerful, at least by today’s standards. It has to have a full, standard typewriter keyboard and a reasonably large display. It needs good graphics, because that makes a tremendous difference in usability, and a lot of memory—a huge amount, actually. And it should be easy to hook up to the telephone I need to connect it to my home and laboratory computers. Of course, it should be relatively inexpensive.
- Donald Norman, The Design of Everyday Things
There are many ways of seeing. Each has an element of truth, but none is the whole truth. If you limit yourselves to one way of seeing, one truth, you will limit your power. …You must be flexible. You must be willing to learn from different sources. And you must always remember that the truths you see are incomplete.
~ The Thirteenth Child, Patricia Wrede
I was reading Jeffrey Zeldman’s interview on The Great Discontent and this quote stuck out:
Another thing—don’t be afraid to ask for help. I sucked at Flash and I’m glad web standards won for many reasons, but one selfish reason is because I found Flash unpleasant to use as a creative tool. I simply didn’t understand it well enough, but I was at a professional level where I couldn’t go to a community college and take a Flash course. Someone would say, “There’s Jeffrey Zeldman taking a remedial Flash class.” You have to find a way to keep learning and not get trapped in whatever imaginary status you have.
- Jeffrey Zeldman
I just found this really amusing and wanted to share.
Every project is an opportunity to create something of consequence by digging deeper and going further, even if it makes life difficult for the one laboring.
- Frank Chimero
Those of us just entering the profession quickly find that many aspects of our work would seem to require understanding and conventions for which we lack preparation. We find that the standards at our places of employment are only ever involved with deliverables production and the volume of projects, to the exclusion of professional values and integrity. This factor is mirrored in project process and especially in agency-client relations.
So we make do, and satisfaction suffers. We then build the habit of making do and taking what we can get, and soon we find it easy to equate getting projects (at whatever cost to our integrity) with attaining success. In this manner we craft a career of compromised integrity, which of course inevitably leads to ongoing dissatisfaction. It should not be so.
This is so, so terrible, because it is true.