Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Charles Eames' Manifesto

“Beyond the age of information is the age of choices.”

100 Quotes from Charles Eames is a book of wisdom and humor. A few (abridged) excerpts:

• Eventually everything connects.
• Most people won't face the process of re-understanding a subject they already know. But this is the key to deep involvement and expertise.
• Innovate as a last resort. More horrors are done in the name of innovation than any other.
• There has been a growing preoccupation with the circumstances surrounding the creative act and a search for the ingredients that promote creativity. This preoccupation in itself suggests that we are in a special kind of trouble.
• One must always admit the influence of those who have gone before.
• It’s a chain reaction – each subject leads to the next.
• I don’t believe in this “gifted few” concept, just in people doing things they are really interested in doing. They have a way of getting good at whatever it is.
• At all times love and discipline have led to a beautiful environment and a good life.
• Any time one or more things are consciously put together in a way that they can accomplish something better than they could have accomplished individually, this is an act of design.

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