inspirational and interesting design finds.

category: business

inspiration is for amateurs



what makes a designer good? what makes a designer successful? i had many conversations on this topic with people. at the end of the day, i believe it is as much about ones design sense, as it is about the ability to get up in the morning, work through times where inspiration may not strike you, and to just get things done and stuff out there. talent, i believe, needs to cover someone’s work ethics just as much as their business sense and their design capabilities. (and no, i’m not saying that i necessarily have all of these covered myself …)

but I really liked and agreed with chuck close’s quote from andrew zuckerman’s wisdom:

“Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work.”

(see the longer quote at designsojourn.)





wired magazine has several photos of early prototypes of now classic technology products. included are an early push button phone from 1948, the first atari video game from 1976, an apple I computer from 1975, and the worlds first cellphone from 1973. interesting both on a visual and prototyping level, as well as for the background stories.

Apple I, 1975

weight is the enemy



“as far as i was concerned, it never was a feud; detroit simply had no use for my ideas as long as the public wanted large cars with all their accessories, which detroit could sell, inducing higher price tags.

and businessmen rarely express appreciation for ideas that may lower their income. in point of fact, they wouldn’t have; while detroit was building gas guzzlers, the germans and japanese, with their more modest cars, ran away with the world market.”

- raymond loewy, industrial design, 1979loewycover

fabbers market


businessmanufacturer is a b2b marketplace and network connecting designers, engineers and manufacturers. besides a quotes management tool to source products and services, it aims to use several social media tools to allow member to market themselves.


sight unseen



run by monica khemsurov and jill singer, former editors of i.d. magazine, sight unseen is a new website aiming to provide an intimate and behind-the-scenes look at design, art, fashion, food, photography and other creative disciplines.


industrial design portfolio advice



designdroplets has a useful article on the basics of portfolio creation, from planning over creation to actual face to face presentation.

stacey, simplified portfolios



stacey is an alternative to indexhibit, an application used by many artists and designers for creating portfolio sites.

it is a php application, with no database setup or installation files. content is managed by creating folders and editing text files.




nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.

talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.

genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.

education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.

persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

– calvin coolidge

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