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Everybody Looks Up To Somebody

May 27, 2015

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Pay attention to what you like to do when no one is playing you.One of the first things I noticed after a few of the seminars at this year’s How Design Live conference was how many of the presenters used quotes in their presentations. Sometimes these were quotes from way back when, from cool important people. A lot of them were from keynote speakers and other presenters at this very conference. And that made me realize how much we, as designers and artists, look to each other for inspiration. Even the most successful people look up to someone else.

So with that, I give you some of the best quotes I came across at the conference, either on a slide or directly from someone’s mouth:

“Always start by telling people why you do what you do”

– Simon Sinek

“Immature poets imitate, mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take. good poets make it into something better or at least make something different.”

– T.S. Eliot

“The role of an organization (that wants innovation) is to allow pushback from designers who listen.”

– Jeni Herberger

“The most willing to lean into discomfort will rise the fastest”

– Brene Brown

Do good work for good people

– Aaron Draplin

“When you make something no one hates, no one loves it”

– Tibor Kalman

“Writing is meant to move the heart, the mind, and the soul — not the page view meter”

– Maria Popova

“Design cannot rescue failed content”

– Edward R. Tufte

“Just get off the computer and make shit”

– Jessica Walsh

“Complex ideas are compounds of simple ideas”

– Faris Yakob

“Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful”

– John Maeda

“Screw research; it works if it looks right”

– Matteo Bologna

“If you dig a hole and it’s in the wrong place, digging deeper isn’t going to help.”

-Seymour Chwast

“Work your ass off. Be persistent. Stay curious. And challenge yourself.”

– Jessica Walsh


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