“What’s the win state of design? Maybe since so much of design is aimed at generating desire, the win state for design is actually to instead fulfill desire. The harder they toil, the more successful their work becomes, the stronger it makes those who aim to fill needs rather than generating them.”—viafrank / http://bit.ly/f7rQC6
"Quality doesn't mean deep blacks and whatever tonal range. That's not quality, that's a kind of quality. The pictures of Robert Frank might strike someone as being sloppy - the tone range isn't right and things like that - but they're far superior to the pictures of Ansel Adams with regard to quality, because the quality of Ansel Adams, if I may say so, is essentially the quality of a postcard. But the quality of Robert Frank is a quality that has something to do with what he's doing, what his mind is. It's not balancing out the sky to the sand and so forth. It's got to do with intention." (Elliott Erwitt)
I’m not remotely, and never will be remotely, near to Robert Frank’s talent, but this is a brilliant quote. I think about this a lot. I dislike a lot of photos by photographers who are very technically proficient. I see it as I do music… I hate overproduced photographs in the same way as I hate overproduced music.
Note To Self: Stop cursing instructors who made me read (okay, listen-to-the-audiobook-of) Plato’s The Republic. Merlin and Stanley on makers, imitators and beholders, in a roundabout sort of way. [download The Republic on iTunes]
And to make rubble, you’d have to go find some real rubble and copy it. It’s the only way. If you’re going to make a tree, for instance, you have to copy a real tree. No one can “make up” a tree, because every tree has an inherent logic in…
“Lists only spell out the things that can be taken away from us by moths and rust and thieves. If something is valuable, don’t put it in a list. Don’t even say the words.”—Douglas Coupland (via bethchapleau)