Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Quote of the Day from Douglas Bowman

"I won’t miss a design philosophy that lives or dies strictly by the sword of data."

Douglas Bowman of stopdesign, former Visual Design Lead at Google recently made the decision to leave the behemoth.  Apparently Google thinks about creative design like a bunch of engineers (who would of thought) and Bowman would prefer to spend his energies creating rather than arguing the finer points of which of 41 shades of blue do most people respond to better.

I think I would have to agree with Mr. Bowman. There comes a point at which design and visual creativity has to just come from the gut. Over analyzing it will only take the creativity out of the process, leaving you with a boring, flat, very normal design, every time. To compare to the music industry, if every musician (and their record label) sat and analyzed their music, trying to find the best sound that will sell we'd end up with a whole radio stock full of boring music that would all sell the same...oh, wait, we got that.

You can read Douglas Bowman's whole post at his site, stopdesign.com.  Its worth the read.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Video: Time-Lapse Greatness

Probably one of the best time-lapse videos I've seen in a long time.  The use of a shortened depth-of-field lens, storyline and music really make this one special.  Check it out!

Bathtub IV from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.

Monday, March 02, 2009

A Quote on Commitment

Found on my cup o' Starbucks the other morning:
"The irony of commitment is that it's deeply liberating - in work, in play, in love. The act frees you form the tyranny of your internal critic, from the fear that likes to dress itself up and parade around as rational hesitation. to commit is to remove your head as the barrier to your life."

- Anne Morriss
Starbucks customer from NYC. She describes herself as an "organization builder, restless American citizen, optimist."
I thought this was interesting as I read it - that commitment is liberating. I think that this can be quite true as once we commit to something or someone we often lose the fear that comes with walking the line on a decision or relationship.

However, the greatest liberating commitment, by far, is the commitment by God to those whom He saves from sin and into his glorious grace!