In the matter of reforming things, as distinct from deforming them, there is one plain and simple principle; a principle which will probably be called a paradox. There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road. The more modern type of reformer goes gaily up to it and says, “I don’t see the use of this; let us clear it away.” To which the more intelligent type of reformer will do well to answer: “If you don’t see the use of it, I certainly won’t let you clear it away. Go away and think. Then, when you can come back and tell me that you do see the use of it, I may allow you to destroy it.
Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature. CD distortion, the jitteriness of digital video, the crap sound of 8-bit – all of these will be cherished and emulated as soon as they can be avoided. It’s the sound of failure: so much modern art is the sound of things going out of control, of a medium pushing to its limits and breaking apart. The distorted guitar sound is the sound of something too loud for the medium supposed to carry it. The blues singer with the cracked voice is the sound of an emotional cry too powerful for the throat that releases it. The excitement of grainy film, of bleached-out black and white, is the excitement of witnessing events too momentous for the medium assigned to record them.
Steve Jobs (Fortune, 24. Januar 2000)
Eines von vielen Goldstücken aus Job’s Best Quotes (Wallstreet Journal, 24. August 2011.) Ich empfehle deren Lektüre, zusammen mit der Geschichtenseite Folklore.org: Macintosh Stories, anstelle der tausenden identischen Nachrichtenartikel welche heute in der Presse herumgeistern.
The tools with which we do design today, are our tools. We make the shapes, people buy and use the shapes. Tomorrow, this will be different. The tools to make things and define your world, will be available to everybody.
Chris Bangle (Former Design Director, BMW) in the documentary Objectified
BTW: Construction of Makerbot #216 will resume shortly after the break.
The Hurrican is coming; you have twenty minutes, get your stuff and go.
You’re not going to be saying: Well, that got an amazing writeup in this design blog. You’re going to pick the most meaningful objects to you. Because those are the true objects that truly reflect the true story of who you are, and what you’re personal narrative is, and the story that you’re telling to yourself and no one else. Because that’s the only audience that matters.
Rob Walker (Autor, New York Times Magazine) in Objectified
Trainer during computer training class: Now, everyone use their last name and first initial as their user name and password.
Trainee #1: I did that and it says I don’t exist.
Trainee #2: Me, too.
Trainee #3: Same here.
Trainer: Raise your hand if you don’t exist. [Almost entire class raises their hands.]
Meek voice from the back: I exist.
New York, New York
Overheard by: Jas
via Overheard in the Office, Jun 7, 2007
Ich wünsche allen Leserinnen und Lesern ein schönes Wochenende. Meines werde ich definitiv geniessen: Fliegen, Singen, Festen… (Nicht vergessen: Heute Abend ist die letze Chance unser Konzert zu besuchen, 20:30 in der Dreifaltigkeitskirche in Bern.)
>> Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. << — Arthur C. Clarke
Oder die Freefall-Version davon.