“My friends and I who are building websites — we’re kids! We’re kids playing around with tools given to us by adults. In decreasing order of adultness, and leaving out an awful lot, I’m talking about things such as: the Von Neumann stored program computing architecture; the transistor; high-throughput fibre-optic cables; the Unix operating system; the sci-fi-ish cloud computing platform; the web browser; the iPhone; the open source movement; Ruby on Rails; the Stack Overflow Q&A site for programmers; on and on, all the way down to the code that my slightly-more-adult co-workers write for my benefit.”—James Somers – Web developer money
“When I go to the supermarket I sometimes think of how much infrastructure and ingenuity has gone into converting the problem of finding my own food in the wild to the problem of walking around a room with a basket. So much intelligence and sweat has gone into getting this stuff into my hands. It’s my sustenance: other people’s work literally sustains me. And what do I do in return?”—James Somers – Web developer money
“It used to be that the passage of time acted as a filter, removing the noise and the superfluity of each generation’s cultural output. But in this era of instant and unlimited information, we’re forced to create our own filter bubbles to do the distilling for us, parsing the amount of information in our lives to acceptable levels. Once in your bubble, on your island, or buried in your echo chamber – whichever metaphor you choose – you can be almost entirely oblivious to the world around you. There is no ambient noise except by choice, little room for coincidence, and for the uninquisitive this makes for a very narrow, algorithmically comfortable existence.”—Digital art is what you can do, not how you did it – Tom Uglow – Aeon
“Jeff Bezos says, ‘Your margin is my opportunity.’ That’s probably what Lyft and Uber were saying to each other as they slashed their commissions to 0. How do you beat a company that doesn’t need to make money? The 8 hours you need to sleep each night, are my opportunity. The time you spend with your family and friends, is my opportunity. If you’re not maxed out, if there’s still a shred of humanity left in you, then you’re just leaving your lunch on the table.”—Elaine Ou (via maxistentialist)
“People wonder why nothing is interesting, it’s because they try to get a fucking answer to it, to everything," he replies. "There are things you can’t articulate. There’s that ‘thing’ in the world – music has it, every kind of art has it. And people talking about it can destroy it.”—Hype Williams: do they ever speak the truth? | Music | The Guardian
2- The object is a knowledge-sharing device.
Use it to educate and learn from the user.
3- The knowledge of the craftsman,
the technician, and the user are just as important
as the knowledge of the designer. Keep an open mind and an open studio.
4- Invent where it is necessary and productive,
not just for the sake of creative authorship.
The best solution may mean improving an existing resource rather than starting from scratch.
5- The design process doesn’t end at the studio or the workshop. The object should be open to repair, adaptation, and disassembly.
6- Waste is often the cheapest and most useful resource available.
7- Standardised parts are affordable, functional,
and easily found and replaced. From the beginning, incorporate them into the design process
8- Where custom parts are needed, use distributed digital manufacturing to make them more accessible to active users.
9- Pragmatism is more important than dogmatism. Don’t prioritise theoretical frameworks or charitable ideas over specific real-life contexts.
10- Good design practice also means economic viability, without long-term dependence on outside sources of funding. Profits should be re-invested
in the studio’s own tools to enable greater independence.
“Connections don’t mean shit. I’ve never had any connections that weren’t a natural outgrowth of doing things I was doing anyway. Additionally, the people you might make connections with who work in the industry and value connections themselves, all those people are clueless assholes with no clout anyhow. You can tell because they think they can get somewhere with connections and spend their energy trying to make connections rather than being good at things, and being good at things is the only thing that earns you clout or connections.”—Steve Albini (via AUSTIN KLEON)