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Found this lovely quote in which Psychologists explore the creative benefits of mind-wandering over on Explore HERE!

“We mind wander, by choice or accident, because it produces tangible reward when measured against goals and aspirations that are personally meaningful. Having to reread a line of text three times because our attention has drifted away matters very little if that attention shift has allowed us to access a key insight, a precious memory or make sense of a troubling event. Pausing to reflect in the middle of telling a story is inconsequential if that pause allows us to retrieve a distant memory that makes the story more evocative and compelling. Losing a couple of minutes because we drove past our off ramp, is a minor inconvenience if the attention lapse allowed us finally to understand why the boss was so upset by something we said in last week’s meeting. Arriving home from the store without the eggs that necessitated the trip is a mere annoyance when weighed against coming to a decision to ask for a raise, leave a job, or go back to school.”


This post on Brain Pickings resonated with me so much, especially the quote by Paula Sher on “the power of intuition and additive knowledge in sparking those creative Eureka! moments”…see the original post  over on Brain Pickings HERE!

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“And remember also,” added the Princess of sweet Rhyme, “that many places you would like to see are just off the map and many things you want to know are just out of sight or a little beyond your reach. But someday you’ll reach them all, for what you learn today, for no reason at all, will help you discover all the wonderful secrets of tomorrow.”

- from the Phantom Tollbooth

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“Are we lost?” asked Milo.

October 26, 2011 //

I just found this old quote from the Phantom Tollbooth (which recently celebrated its 50th birthday) and, as this quote illustrates, if you have never read this book, you must. simple as that.

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Eames Words and “the uncommon beauty of common things” via @dwell

October 17, 2011 //
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Charles Eames on Design: Rare Q&A from 1972 via Brain Pickings

October 6, 2011 //

You will all know of my admiration for the Eamses creative process…(if not, read my latest post about them HERE!). I found this awesome Q&A from 1972 in which Charles says it all when he answers the question: What are the boundaries of Design? – “What are the boundaries of problems?”

I think my favorite theme that the Eamses often touch on is the idea of process and action and in this Q&A when asked if design is a method of general expression, he answered: “No – it is a method of action.” Pay attention to the process. Learn from it. And just do it!


I found this article over at Brain Pickings and this is what they had to say:
“Legendary design duo Charles and Ray Eames shaped the mid-century modern aesthetic and influenced the voice of design for decades to come. They were also prolific filmmakers, perhaps best known for the iconic Powers of Ten film. In this fantastic Q&A from 1972, found on the excellent compilation The Films of Charles & Ray Eames and reproduced here in House Industries’ typography journal, Madame L’Amic of the Musee des Art s Decoratifs in Paris asks Charles Eames 29 questions about design, covering everything from the balance between form and function to the role of computers in creativity to the impact of influences. His answers are a timeless treasure trove of wisdom and insight on all that design is and should be.”

They are indeed. Check out the whole post HERE!

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Erasable Gel Pen…the kids are alright! via @swissmiss

October 5, 2011 //

- Raul Gutierrez

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I love this quote by Raul Gutierrez. Found over at SwissMiss HERE!

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Steal Like an Artist: Austin Kleon on Combinatorial Creativity via Brain Pickings

October 2, 2011 //

I’ve shared Kirby Ferguson’s” Everything is a Remix” video a while back…just saw these quotes over at Brainpickings HERE…so true!

“Nothing is completely original. All artists’ work builds on what came before. Every new idea is just a remix or a mashup of two previous ideas.”

(Another great quote by iconic designer Paula Scher she points us to:)

“We can pick our teachers and we can pick our friends and we can pick the books we read and the music we listen to and the movies we see, etcetera. You are a mashup of what you let into your life.”

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Art resides in the quality of doing, process is not magic.

September 2, 2011 //
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