Be the reason that someone looks down at their phone, smiles and then walks into a pole.
The price of anything is the amount of life you are willing to exchange for it.
Leave people better than you found them.
Move fast and produce a lot of work.
There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction. To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
Sometimes you will see me get up really quickly after I fall. I have this thought that you can out run the pain if you’re not on the ground.
The bottleneck is never code or creativity; it’s lack of clarity.
The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.
Holidays are the time you stop actively doing, ponder ideas and make plans.
Designers love subtle cues, because subtlety is one of the traits of sophisticated design. But web users are in a hurry and don’t care too much for subtlety.
Having a hobby completely separate from design is a great way to improve as a designer.
Design should be logical, but it also should connect with people on a human, emotional level.
A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest man.
Previously we were able to design and hand over wireframes, but now with heightened interactivity in the mix, that’s no longer effective. Wireframing is dying – Prototyping is the way forward. Handing off design specs as a wireframe just isn’t enough anymore.
We all die, the goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.
The more you have traveled, the more you realise how little you have seen.
Is silence acceptance? If you post and no one comments, does that mean they read it and they agree? Read it and don’t care? Or didn’t read it? No way to know without poking at people. Team leads should ensure all posts are answered.
Laughter leads to running jokes, and running jokes lead to a shared history, and a shared history is culture.
Like attracts like. Every time a company settles for a mediocre hire, it becomes harder to recruit the best.
It takes more passion to choose, on your own, to build a website, a mobile application, or a company than to follow years of instructions to get a degree. A degree is not a strong indicator of passion.
It didn’t matter if you were pantless, bathing in the sun or swinging in a hammock with a martini. What mattered was your output. Shouldn’t the quality of work be the primary measure of worker performance?
Most people doubt online meetings can work, but they somehow overlook that most in-person meetings don’t work either.
A ship in port is safe but that’s not what ships are built for.
As a designer, you can’t be afraid to completely start over when something isn’t working. Sometimes to get to the right solution you have to throw things out.
Winning doesn’t always mean getting first place; it means getting the best out of yourself.
If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.
When you run the marathon, you run against the distance, not against the other runners.
Ask yourself, can I give more? The answer is usually yes.
Even if your on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
If you’re gonna do a thing, do a great thing.
The first time experience with an interface is crucial. The state in which nothing yet has occurred should not be a blank canvas, it should provide the user with direction and guidance to get up to speed. http://emptystat.es/
A great logo isn’t going to make a shitty product any less shitty, any more than a hard worker is going to make a bad boss a compelling leader.
Minimalism is not a lack of something. It’s simply the perfect amount of something.
Interesting things never happen to me. I happen to them.
To create a memorable design you need to start with a thought that’s worth remembering.
“Good Morning!” said Bilbo, and he meant it. The sun was shining, and the grass was very green. But Gandalf looked at him from under long bushy eyebrows that stuck out further than the brim of his shady hat. “What do you mean?” he said. “Do you wish me a good morning, or mean thatContinue reading “Words 132”
I’m not inspired all the time but push yourself everyday and once in a while something will happen.
Try to be inspired by something every day. Try to inspire at least one person every day.
The way you treat people, the way you treat yourself, the choices you make, your stress level, what you care about, how tolerant you are of others – these make you, uniquely you.
Invest in knowledge not pensions.
Listen to ‘Hello my name is Paul Smith’ on Audioboo A few smart words recorded at ‘Hello, My Name is Paul Smith’ exhibition at Design Museum London.
You need to accept the lows to appreciate the highs.
Brand guidelines also play an important role in a designer’s efficiency. In the current climate, where everyone has their eye on time and money, a well-managed visual identity can equal greater creative output. All the hard work has already been done, so it’s just a case of implementation. Therefore, you spend less time worrying aboutContinue reading “Words 125”
From a designer’s point of view, we like following rules. We can’t get enough of them. Grids, colour palettes, point sizes, ‘x’ heights, margins – we love them. What we hate is being restricted. It is important to give designers enough room for interpretation, that’s why brand guidelines should be just that – a guide,Continue reading “Words 124”
To grow and maintain a strong brand, consistency is by far the most important factor. This ensures that your brand is immediately and unconsciously recognisable, wherever and whichever medium it is found.
Brand is the big picture. It’s what differentiates one business from another.
A company’s brand is paramount. It expresses your culture and character and, in turn, helps establish your reputation in the minds of your customers.
Always challenge the old ways.
The term “remarkable” means being worthy of notice or attention or, in the context of the web, naturally persuading the viewer to mention or recommend a website to a friend.
Design is not purely visual. Visual or graphic design is only a small part of what we do. Knowing that your first role as a designer is “problem-solver”, rather than “guy who draws stuff” is a good place to be.