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15 Things Charles and Ray Eames Teach Us

  1. Keep good company
  2. Notice the ordinary
  3. Preserve the ephemeral
  4. Design not for the elite but for the masses
  5. Explain it to a child
  6. Get lost in the content
  7. Get to the heart of the matter
  8. Never tolerate “O.K. anything.”
  9. Remember your responsibility as a storyteller
  10. Zoom out
  11. Switch
  12. Prototype it
  13. Pun
  14. Make design your life… and life, your design.
  15. Leave something behind.

“Maturity: the confidence to have no opinions on many things.”

Alain de Botton

“I love your silence. It is so wise. It listens. It invites warmth. I love your loneliness. It is brave. It makes the universe want to protect you. You have the loneliness that all true heroes have, a loneliness that is a deep sea, within which the fishes of mystery dwell. I love your quest. It is noble. It has greatness in it. Only one who is born under a blessed star would set sail across the billowing waves and the wild squalls, because of a dream. I love your dream. It is magical. Only those who truly love and who are truly strong can sustain their lives as a dream. You dwell in your own enchantment. Life throws stones at you, but your love and your dream change those stones into the flowers of discovery. Even if you lose, or are defeated by things, your triumph will always be exemplary. And if no one knows it, then there are places that do. People like you enrich the dreams of the world, and it is dreams that create history. People like you are the unknowing transformers of things, protected by your own fairy-tale, by love.”

–Ben Okri, Astonishing the Gods.

“The sign of intelligence is that you are constantly wondering. Idiots are always dead sure about every damn thing they are doing in their life.”

–Vasudev

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“Good design is a renaissance attitude that combines technology, cognitive science, human need, and beauty to produce something that the world didn’t know it was missing.”

— Paola Antonelli

“When you hit a wrong note, it’s the next note that makes it good or bad”

–Miles Davis

“Attractive things work better”

–Don Norman
(Author of Emotional Design and Design of Everyday Things)

“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

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