My New Favourite Quote

By Michael Beiruit (in conversation with Peter Merholz):

It’s a dirty secret that much of what we admire in the design world is a byproduct not of “strategy” but of common sense, taste and luck. Some clients are too unnerved by ambiguity to accept this, and create garganuan superstructures of bullshit to provide a sense of security.

I’d never considered of PowerPoint as being a tool used by the architects and builders of ‘superstructures of bullshit’ before.

All hail common sense, taste and luck!

Quote ripped from the excellent book: Mental Models: Aligning Design Strategy With Human Behaviour, recommended to me by the equally excellent Knotty.

One Of The Greatest Quotes Ever…

It’s nice to be back…

TV is not vulgar and prurient and dumb because the people who compose the audience are vulgar and dumb. Television is the way it is simply because people tend to be extremely similar in their vulgar and prurient and dumb interests and wildly different in their refined and aesthetic and noble interests.

David Foster Wallace

From this hugely useful presentation: Best Practices for Spreading Your App without Ruining the User Experience

It’s not a pretty presentation but it contains some absolutely corking soundbytes:

Before you plan your business model make sure you have a pleasure model


If you behave like a disease, people develop an immune system

It’s definitely worth setting aside a bit of time for:

Or you can get the slides here if you prefer it that way.

There’s loads more fantastic presentations from the Google I/O Sessions here, a lot of them are quite tech-biased, but don’t let that stop you.

Thanks to Knotty for pointing to the treasure trove.