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Good fucking design advice

Believe in your fucking self. Stay up all fucking night. Work outside of your fucking habits. Know when to fucking speak up. Fucking collaborate. Don’t fucking procrastinate. Get over your fucking self. Keep fucking learning. Form follows fucking function. A computer is a Lite-Brite for bad fucking ideas. Find fucking inspiration everywhere. Fucking network. Educate your fucking client. Trust your fucking gut. Ask for fucking help. Make it fucking sustainable. Question fucking everything. Have a fucking concept. Learn to take some fucking criticism. Make me fucking care. Use fucking spell check. Do your fucking research. Sketch more fucking ideas. The problem contains the fucking solution. Think about all the fucking possibilities.”

Good Fucking Design Advice

Bob Lefsetz on perseverance

… anybody can have an idea, but not everybody has the perseverance to execute. Usually success comes long after you expect it, when you’re running on fumes, when there are just enough crumbs to keep you going, but everybody else laughs and tells you to give up.”

Bob Lefsetz

Rules to write by

Dan Frommer wrote an excellent list of what are essentially the ethics at the heart of a site he’s recently begun. These are good ethics. I like these ethics. I’m on board with this. I’ve summarized them below, but you should go read 10 steps to better blogging. (more…)

Coding Horror on wonder

When I am holding Henry and I tickle him, I can feel him laughing all the way to his toes. And I realize, my God, I had forgotten, I had completely forgotten how unbelievably, inexplicably wonderful it is that any of us exist at all.”

Jeff Atwood

Ryan Sims on talent

“Talent is the desire to practice. […] Merely doing your job every day doesn’t qualify as real practice.”

Ryan Sims

Frank Chimero on design as gift

As a designer […] my role is more frequently to generate desire in other people; to make them want. And the reason I’m so prone to want to look at the work I do from now on as a gift is because a gift promises to satiate that desire in some way.

[…] So maybe instead of using it to make people want things I can use the same skills to give them things that satiate those same desires.”

Frank Chimero