There are three great themes in design: making something beautiful, making something easier, and making something possible. The best designs accomplish all three at once.
replace the idea of being 'productive' with instead being 'processive' - you cannot expect to build something new every day, you can expect to advance deeper into the process given a sufficiently strong intention
One thing we discovered early is that if we spend a little more time on presentation, we can reduce the amount of time spent convincing others to collaborate with us in the future.
We don’t have to beg people to work with us when they can see the results themselves.
It’s the work that does the work.
We must never forget the joy of doing something slow and something difficult, the satisfaction of not doing what is easiest.
“Design is not the act of amazing an audience with the novelty of forms or materials; it is the originality that repeatedly extracts astounding ideas from the crevices of the very commonness of everyday life.” —Kenya Hara, Design Design
“You must be unintimidated by your own thoughts because if you write with someone looking over you shoulder, you'll never write.”
1. Go on a 30 min walk without any distractions, purely to think. You can have an idea ahead of time of what you want to ponder. Or you can go in without any expectations.
2. A few minutes into your work, begin to focus on an idea you'd like to develop. What do you want to happen? What do you want to see created?
3. Quiet the logic part of yourself, if you feel yourself thinking "but how will that…?" Stop and move back to open ideas without the need to know everything or have it be perfect.
4. Once you've developed the idea and you're feeling excited about the direction – visualize its end state and describe it to yourself in detail. Picture it playing out like a story.
5. Use Otter.ai to record any thoughts out loud. This will transcribe what you say out loud to text and timestamp it for your notes to have later. (If it feels awkward or weird just pretend you're on the phone)