October 14, 2009 at 5:18pm
by William Ernest Henley (1875)
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
October 13, 2009 at 5:12pm
7305 days later
August 20, 2009 at 5:07pm
Unsere Vorfahren hielten sich an den Unterricht, den sie in ihrer Jugend empfangen, wir aber müssen jetzt alle fünf Jahre umlernen, wenn wir nicht ganz aus der Mode kommen wollen
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1808 via work.innovation Blog
How To Approach An Idea - 9 Rules
(1) CONSTRAINTS: They are there - deal with them
How can you solve your problem given the resources of time, money, tools that you have?
(2) SIMPLICITY: The art of letting things out
Make hard choices about what to include but pay even more attention to what to exclude.
(3) KNOW NOTHING: State the problem with the eyes of a child
Break with convention by ignoring it. Ambiguities early on in the process help to make new discoveries. Knowledge will stand in front of you.
(4) THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE: It’s not about you, it’s about them
Look at the problem from the point of view of your customers or audience.
(5) FOCUS PERCEPTION: It’s not the thing, it’s the experience of the thing.
Do not neglect the emotional aspect of your solutions. Think communication not decoration.
(6) MEANING: Illustrate the significance of solutions
Become a master storyteller. What’s the meaning of the solution, verbally and visually? Start with the general, zoom in to the detail, pull out again to remind us of the key concept. Get then even deeper.
(7) OBSESS IDEAS: Not tools
Pay attention to your idea; don’t waste it on new tools. Better tools come regularly along. So get started with pencil and sketch pad because they are still the most direct ones.
(8) KNOW YOUR INTENTION: design is about choices
To make the right ones you need to know what you want.
(9) OBSERVE: look and listen to the world around you
Try to see the big picture but also the details. What does the one thing do with the other?
This is a remix of “10 Tips on how to think like a designer” by Garr Reynolds.
August 14, 2009 at 6:11am
Poladroid is a great app to create within seconds convincing low-fi photos.
Sketch of a 60 Euro Bill for the German version of the raumwolle Shop.