- Being and doing
« I think people make the best things when they love the process, when they willingly shoulder the inherent uncertainty and pain that comes with it. ». We tend to see only the result, when, what we should take care of is the process. Are you inclined to do and enjoy what it takes to get the results?
- Pointing out things
How to make writing less hard? In his article, Oliver Burkeman introduces the concepts of « pointing out things » and « joint attention strategy ». Two notions that can help us to better detect a writer’s intentions. « Academics are often more focused on showing off their knowledge. Journalists are often trying to inflame your anger, or rally support for some cause. ». Some interesting insights worth remembering.
- Asking why
Defining the Why gives you the best ground to build any long lasting foundations. In the beautifully assemble State of Mind’s podcast (1), Scott Chacon, former CEO of Github, shares with us how he maintains his intellectual curiousity and develops his appetite for understanding/defining the Why. (1) Seriously, State of Mind podcast by Invisible Media and Blinkist is to podcast what documentaries are to Netflix! No joke.
- The perceiver
« The moment you define yourself, it means you are split. One goes out and watches the other, and like all divisions, it’s weakening. When you really function well, you don’t know, you just do, you are not split in two as the one who defines and the one who exists. » said Hedda Sterne. Her words might sound crazy at first, but I think they offer an interesting perspective on what it’s like to be an artist and make art. Don’t look at the artist, look at what she found.
- The designer and the design process
As a web designer, I’ve learned the hard way how to position myself in the design process (and it’s a never ending journey). It’s often easier to blame the client for not being able to clearly explain what they want, but the truth is, they should not have to. The first job of a designer is to spark conversations. Dig into the client’s mind to grasp his frame of reference, trace back the thread of his thoughts, and finally, put that knowledge into motion.
2021, week 9
— Ava wrote:
— Oliver Burkeman wrote:
— Scott Chacon said:
You can say why to pretty much anything [...] and so you get to really interesting fundamental principles.
— Hedda Sterne wrote:
I see myself as a well-working lens, a perceiver of something that exists independently of me: don’t look at me, look at what I’ve found.