Art and Design

The great accomplishment of Jobs’ life

November 7th, 2011  |  Published in Art and Design, Business, Life, Quotes

The great accomplishment of Jobs’s life is how effectively he put his idiosyncrasies—his petulance, his narcissism, and his rudeness—in the service of perfection.

—Malcolm Gladwell, “The Tweaker

The Importance of Design At Apple

November 9th, 2010  |  Published in Art and Design, Business, Technology

A friend of mine was at meetings at Apple and Microsoft on the same day. And this was in the last year, so this was recently. He went into the Apple meeting (he’s a vendor for Apple), and as soon as the designers walked in the room, everyone stopped talking, because the designers are the most respected people in the organization. Everyone knows the designers speak for Steve because they have direct reporting to him. It is only at Apple where design reports directly to the CEO.

Later in the day he was at Microsoft. When he went into the Microsoft meeting, everybody was talking and then the meeting starts and no designers ever walk into the room. All the technical people are sitting there trying to add their ideas of what ought to be in the design. That’s a recipe for disaster.

—John Sculley, Being Steve Jobs’ Boss

New Rainsong Media Site Design

September 15th, 2010  |  Published in Art and Design

We recently launched a new design over at Rainsong Media. Check it out and let us know what you think!

Never Miss the Key Hole

May 29th, 2010  |  Published in Art and Design

This is really smart design — they put a “V” shape on the front of the lock, so you can slide the key right down into the slot. No more night-time lock poking.


My Tastes Aren’t Cultured, and I Don’t Care

February 14th, 2009  |  Published in Art and Design, Books & Reading, Culture, Quotes

Much of my early intellectual life was trying to like things others said I should like. And I would often get frustrated at myself, because I usually wouldn’t like what they said I should.

Some of the classics are outstanding — but most of them I’ve found dull, drawn-out, and unsatisfying. And unfortunately, I’ve read hundreds of them.

It’s been that way with art, too. I’ve been to art museums and tried to like the classics of art. I tried to reform my unruly tastes. But I found most of them unmoving and unimpressive.

So it’s a relief to hear that someone else that I respect felt similarly. Here’s Mark Twain:

Wherever you find a Raphael, a Rubens, a Michael Angelo, a Caracci, or a da Vinici (and we see them every day), you find artists copying them, and the copies are always the handsomest. Maybe the originals were handsome when they were new, but they are not now….

[People] stand entranced before [a da Vinci] with bated breath and parted lips, and when they speak, it is only in the catchy ejaculations of rapture:

“O, wonderful!”
“Such expression!”
“Such grace of attitude!”
“Such dignity!”
“Such faultless drawing!”
“Such matchless coloring!”

I envy them their honest admiration, if it be honest… But at the same time the thought will intrude… How can they see what is not visible?

I’ve stopped caring that my tastes are not what some people considered “cultured.” I’m not going to delude myself into liking something just because others do.

Tastes are subjective. Life is too short for reading books I don’t enjoy. It’s too short for old movies with bad acting and bad editing. It’s too short for art that was once moving, but now is mediocre at best.

“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested,” said Francis Bacon. And some, I’d add, are to be shut and put back on the shelf for someone else who enjoys them.

Making a cat out of glass in 1 min

January 26th, 2009  |  Published in Art and Design, Videos

This must take incredible talent:

Real-life photoshop

November 8th, 2008  |  Published in Art and Design, Technology


If you don’t create a little confusion… (Godin)

August 6th, 2008  |  Published in Art and Design, Quotes, Work

If you don’t create a little confusion, it’s unlikely you’ve built something remarkable.

Seth Godin