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“Do not try and create and analyze at the same time… they are different processes”

–John Cage

(One is building an idea up, while the other is breaking it down.)

Via Greg Melander.

“افتح فمك فقط إن كان ما ستقوله أجمل من الصمت
Open your mouth only if what you are going to say is more beautiful than silence.”

–Arabic proverb

“There’s nothing more intimate in life than simply being understood. And understanding someone else.”

–Brad Meltzer

“Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it.”

–Epictetus

“Fall in love with ordinary. Fall in love with the everyday. Fall in love with brown eyes and small towns and a hand full of dandelions. Discover. Discover the crevices. Read the books that aren’t so popular, by little known authors who have a lot to offer. Listen to music that makes you think. Choose art that is buried in the corner of galleries, or on the street. Teach yourself to love the small things. The special but unnoticed things. Teach yourself how the ordinary is not so ordinary after all.”

–S. Zhao

“A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.”

–Chinese proverb.

“To be a happy person, one has to drop all comparison. Drop all these stupid ideas of being superior and inferior. You are neither superior nor inferior. You are simply yourself! There exists no one like you, no one with whom you can be compared. Then, suddenly, you are at home.”

– Osho

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

— Maya Angelou

  1. Respect “the genius of a place.”
  2. Subordinate details to the whole.
  3. The art is to conceal art.
  4. Aim for the unconscious.
  5. Avoid fashion for fashion’s sake.
  6. Formal training isn’t required.
  7. Words matter.
  8. Stand for something.
  9. Utility trumps ornament.
  10. Never too much, hardly enough.

Frederick Law Olmsted, landscape architect.

The Office for Lost Objects™  has a working design philosophy defined by six principles:

Respect the Super Normal.

Revel in the infra-ordinary.

Honor craftsmanship.

Follow a logic.

Express an integrity.

Seek an essence.

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