These are some of the things that inspired and influenced my current design practice: books, articles, talks, quotes, principles, products, projects and more. It is eclectic in nature and a perpetual work in progress. If you have anything to share or discuss, I would love to!
"Having lived for many years alongside Ettore Sottsass, I remember how he used to explain the Memphis furniture by saying: 'You may be sitting on a chair for only half an hour a day!'. Many chairs occupy the environment while waiting to be used, and therefore for most of their existence they have other meanings. And we need to work on those other meanings, on the meanings of contemporaneity, of communication, of the ability to express and tell a story. If something doesn't have a story, it's not even interesting!"
"Throughout our creative lives we have sifted through everything to select what we thought best. We sifted through materials to find those for which we have the closest affinity. We sifted through colors, textures, typefaces, images, and gradually we built a vocabulary of materials and experiences that enable us to express our solutions to given problems - our interpretations of reality.
It is imperative to develop your own vocabulary of your own language - a language that attempts to be as objective as possible, knowing very well that even objectivity is subjective.
I love systems and despise happenstance.
I love ambiguity because, for me, ambiguity means plurality of meanings. I love contradiction
because it keeps things moving, preventing them from assuming a frozen meaning, or becoming a monument to immobility.
As much as I love things in flux, I love them within a frame of reference - a consistent reassurance that at least and at last I am the one responsible for every detail.
And that is why I love Design."
"Slow Technology is a design agenda aimed at encouraging the development of systems that foster users to slow down to reflect, rather than speeding up performance. These areas of research focus primarily on reflection and less on collection of personal information."