Food for thought‘[...] do not think that good design can make a poor product good, whether the product be a machine, a building, a promotional brochure or a business man. But [...] good design can materially help make a good product reach its full potential. In short, [...] good design is good business.’
Thomas J. Watson Jr., IBM CEO

Would you define yourself by your tastes or by your creations?

January 5, 2012, 2:23 PM

Following the thought-provoking quote, “your taste is why your work disappoints you” from Ira Glass, here is a new ‘kick in the gut’:

When you don’t create things, you become defined by your tastes rather than ability. Your tastes only narrow and exclude people.
So create
— why the lucky stiff

Yet another push, if you still need one, to spend more time creating your own work and less looking at what others are doing. As it gets easier and easier to be online 24/7 — tweeting, instagramming, facebooking, blogging or Internet-knows-what — it gets harder and harder to find the time for your own projects. And I’m talking about investing at least a few serious hours, if not days’ worth, not just thirty minutes here and there, doing trendy all-caps posters using Twitter ‘wisdom’ for copy — even if some seem to make quite a good name for themselves in this way.

It’s also a bit unsettling to realise that if you could judge yourself by your creations only, you wouldn’t have a very good opinion of you, isn’t it?

Before you ask, the source is not a joke, it’s the pseudonym of a programmer, you can read more about his interesting story and disappearance here — I’m hoping he just decided to create more.

Via Quote Vadis. You might also like my post, “My taste is why my work disappoints me.”




Iancu, I love the depth you added to _why’s words. This is exactly the reason I “waste” some of my time working on Quote Vadis. Seeing people actually being influenced in some way to pick up the quotes I share and develop them further to create their own story is amazing. Thank you!

Thank you Ivo, especially for your very inspiring website. We all get caught up in our mundane habits and ‘problems’ and it’s so easy to lose track of the important bits. But it doesn’t take much to wake up a bit and think of what you should be doing — your website does just that.

Best wishes, keep it up!


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