Seeing Comes Before Words

Design is a vessel. There’s the whole Buddhist thing about the essence of a bowl being its emptiness—that’s why it’s useful. Its emptiness allows it to hold something. I guess that means that design must talk about something else. If you make design about design, you’re just stacking bowls, and that’s not what bowls are for.

Unlike dogs, design isn’t about design but about something else – a conversation with Frank Chimero, author of The Shape of Design, on The Great Discontent. (TGD also did an interview with yours truly here.)


If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


I once heard a guy say “At 18 I worried about what everyone thought of me, at 40 I stopped caring what they thought, at 65 I realized they weren’t thinking about me at all.”

— Chris McCombs, from 37 ways to be a badass


A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.

— Joan Didion