I ran across one of my old sketch books that I filled up with ideas and daily sketches, and noticed a couple quotes that I had written in the front. These are some of my favorite quotes about life, creativity, and design. Enjoy!
Carve and Paint LIFE!
“It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look. To affect the quality of the day–that is the highest of arts.”
Henry David Thoreau
Understanding the Human Experience = Good Design
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experience they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences that other people.
“Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design he/she will have.”
Co-Founder, Apple Computers
Wired Magazine, Feb 1996, pg 163
Jumpstart Your Creativity
“In a study that compared creative people who burn out versus those who continue creating, the chief difference was that the latter were constantly exposing themselves to new knowledge or techniques – in effect, giving them a fresh start.”
August 1995, pg 86
And this one, that no matter how many times I read it, always makes me laugh:
The Yellow Bedroom?
“I had a special yellow bedroom at Graceland with a fur bed, and I had to climb up steps to get into it. Even the steps were covered in fur. Black and white fur. Totally wrong, in that yellow room, It’s gaudy.”
Lisa Marie Presley