Innovation is not born from the dream, innovation is born from the struggle.
Plant a flag on the web. Make sure people can see your work online, but even more importantly: write! Make sure people can read evidence of your thought process. It’s not enough to show the work; you need to describe the problem at hand and how you went about solving it. When I’m interviewing designers, the work gets you in the door, but it’s your mouth that gets you hired.
Change is sexy, until it costs.
—Amber Naslund (via enzio)
If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.
—Reid Hoffman, Founder of LinkedIn (via enzio)
There is much that is wrong with Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs, but its treatment of software is the most profound of the book’s flaws. Isaacson doesn’t merely neglect or underemphasize Jobs’s passion for software and design, but he flat-out paints the opposite picture.
Isaacson makes it seem as though Jobs was almost solely interested in hardware, and even there, only in what the hardware looked like. Superficial aesthetics.
Isaacson clearly believes that design is merely how a product looks and feels, and that “engineering” is how it actually works.
The role of the imagination is to create new meanings and to discover connections that, even if obvious, seem to escape detection. Imagination begins with intuition, not intellect.
Who is the best poised to bring innovation to the developing world? Big corporations that are already rich? Or people living in the countries themselves? Do big corporations bring better standards of living, or simply sugared water and useless doodads?